David Duchovny Reflects on the End of Californication Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.27.2014
How did Hank Moody change over seven seasons?
Billboard recently interviewed actor David Duchovny, who spoke about the impending end of Californication. Below are some highlights.
Duchovny on how Hank has changed from season one to seven: "The challenge, just like the technical challenge, in the beginning is just the sheer amount of words. He is very articulate and talks a lot, and a lot of the humor is verbal, so that was really something for me to try and get comfortable with. And now I feel that's second nature here, so what I come back to is trying to communicate stuff non-verbally, trying to find the time with a scene, which has a lot of words, to exist and be non-verbal, so I try and come at it from both directions now."
Duchovny on when he started seeing the switch in Hank: "Probably somewhere around the second or third season. And it's been that way throughout my working career. I would say with the ‘X-Files' starting, it took me two or three years just to get comfortable period on a set, just bare minimum, saying my lines and hitting my marks. Then that was no longer a challenge thank God, and then it becomes how do you make that technical speak human, emotional? How do you connect with it? And then here, as I said, it was just a matter of bringing everything together, bringing the words and the physicality, everything, together. And that's been the great gift for me actually working on the show. I'm comfortable kind of doing anything now."
Duchovny on how this would go into other roles: "You always have to be careful from role to role, but yeah, there's very little subtext on this show. That's what's funny about it -- everybody speaks their mind, that's kind of the joke of the show. And something like the ‘X-Files,' or most non comic pieces, people actually don't say what they're thinking."
Duchovny on how season seven has been different: "There are new dynamics and the balance and the heart of the show, for me, has been the sentimental side of actual human relations between Hank and Karen, Hank and Becca, even Hank and Charlie. There is love there. Without that, I think this show just kind of floats away into its other parts, and in this season there's a new kind of love that is happening. For me, that is an interesting thing to do for the characters, to bring in a completely new dynamic.