In true Hollywood fashion, David Duchovny and the cast of Showtime’s Californication, gathered at a private residence in Hancock Park last night to celebrate the DVD release of the show’s first season (in stores June 17). We got a few minutes on the red carpet with Duchovny to find out more about the show, his character and more.
Hollywood.com: What is it like playing someone like Hank Moody who is falling apart in Hollywood?
David Duchovny: I think he’s in a tradition of blocked artists. I think what keeps Hank going in the show is that he kind of loves the chaos…Personally I don’t love chaos, I like things to kind of be ordered and I thought this guy thrives on chaos so that was kind of a key.
HW: As an executive producer, what does it mean to provide a great work environment on set?
DD: It just means running the set the way I would want to walk on as an actor. When you are doing material that is sometimes sexual in nature where it is very easy to be uncomfortable in it especially if you are a woman coming to the set and have to do a love scene or something like that. It is very easy for that to be an unforgiving difficult place to be. So it is my job to make sure we are all here to act. Nobody’s here to look at bodies or make jokes and things like that.
HW: With so many boundaries pushed in the show is that a difficult line to walk?
DD: As a human being it is not hard, because you know basically what you want to do is to treat everybody with gentleness and kindness and respect. That doesn’t change in every situation and then in terms of the boundaries we are pushing, we are always kind of pushing it to be funny in terms of the sex so we are never trying to be sexy. I think that would feel kind of creepy if we were up there trying to be sexy.
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Photo: Tom Kapinos, Evan Handler and David Duchovny at the Californication DVD release party (Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)