'The X-Files' Interview: Mitch Pileggi on a Skinner-Centric Episode, Changing Dynamics and More
'The X-Files' Interview: Mitch Pileggi on a Skinner-Centric Episode, Changing Dynamics and More
Meredith Jacobs
Meredith Jacobs
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Ready to learn more about Skinner? That's coming up in the new episodes of The X-Files, as Mitch Pileggi has teased. The actor also talked about his character's job title, finally getting into a Darin Morgan episode and more.


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Watch the video interview with Mitch Pileggi:



Here are a few highlights:

  • He said it always feels like he's coming back home when he reprises his role of Skinner. He compared receiving scripts to opening up Christmas presents; they're always a surprise. "It's the gift that keeps giving."
  • Skinner is Mulder and Scully's support, their champion within the FBI. Pileggi thinks they were looking for someone to fill that role and fortunately, he fell into it. He feels "blessed."
  • There is a Skinner-centric episode coming up.
  • He brought up his character on Dallas and said he found himself wanting to bring some of that to Skinner to open him up and make him more dimensional, but he couldn't do it because it didn't feel right to him. "But you find out why he is the way he is" this season.
  • "You're going to see dynamics change" with Skinner, Scully and Mulder this season.
  • Skinner is still Assistant Director. While he did get a promotion in the comics, on the show, his job hasn't changed and you find out why he's still AD this season.
  • Pileggi has cut back on guest star roles.
  • He talked about working on Criminal Minds, playing a character he was proud of. Someone had dropped out and the director called him to take over the role.  
  • He said that Darin Morgan does "some really, really interesting stuff," and he's finally gotten into one of his episodes this season.
  • He likes all the episodes -- Skinner's usually part of the mythology ones -- but the episodes that are his favorites are usually ones he's not in.
  • It's "pretty awesome" and he feels "blessed" they're still doing the show nearly 25 years later.

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