|Name(s):||Gillovny, DAGS, David x Gillian, Anderchovny, Davillian,|
|Date(s):||1994 to present|
|See also:||Gillian Anderson/David Duchovny, Snogger, Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, X-Files RPF|
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Gillovny is a Portmanteau for the Real Person fandom pairing of actors and writers Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. For some fans, it revolves about shipping the two actors together while for others the term represents the deep rooted, 25+ year friendship of the two The X-Files actors.
First wave (1994 - 2007)
During the original run of the X-Files original series in the 1990s discussions in X-Files Usenet groups about rumors about an relationship between the two actors could be found. Posts about this topic can be found in entries reaching as far as back as 1996 on the archived Alt.tv.x-files usenet group entries in Google Groups.
Some fics from 1994-2000: see Some Examples of Early X-Files RPF.
Controversy and fandom war
As the shipper discussions moved from usenet groups to shipper friendly message boards, it became a policy that discussion about this topic was deemed unwanted, like for example on the Idealists Haven board. Until this day a user will be Fandom policed on the Haven board of even dares to imply that Duchovny and Anderson could be more than friends.
This lead to the fact that the often derogatory so called snoggers moved their discussion to message boards like the now defunct Shipper Sanctum, especially to avoid bullying from other X-Philes. This became especially apparent after Duchovny married actress Téa Leoni in May 1997.
Around the release of the first X-Files movie in 1998 the press started pit Duchovny and Anderson against each other which lead to the rumors that the two stars would hate each other. Around the some fans of the actors started to praise their favorite by posting negative opinions and rumors about the other actor.
Second wave (2008 to 2012)
After the end of the show's original run in 2002, all fandom activity died down until the shooting release of the second feature film. The actors appearances lead to an increase of former and still active philes that claimed to ship them. Closeted shippers sometimes used the euphemism to "got to hell in a hand basket" to avoid fandom policing. In 2008 the X-Files Universe message board was set up and became one of the most popular X-Files messages boards around whose most active thread with over 29410 hits was GA & DD: Did something happen between them in the past? until the discussion was fandom policed by a member of the board Some Real Person Fan Fiction was written and publicized on LiveJournal and on HTML based websites hosted on Geocities and Angelfire.
Third wave (2012 to today)
In 2015, during the promotion of the show's 25th anniversary another huge increase of the Duchovny and Anderson shippers could be noticed on social media platforms like tumblr, twitter and Youtube. Several tumblr blogs started posting pictures, gif sets, quotes and videos about Anderson and Duchovny together and the term Gillovny was coined and used to tagged posts of such content.
The Gorgan controversy and resulting rift in the Gillian Anderson fandom
In late 2016 Anderson started to publicly appear with writer/producer Peter Morgan at public events, causing a significant upset to hardcore Gillovny shippers. Although Anderson did not comment or release a statement, many in the fandom assumed the presence of Anderson at Morgans events, and vice versa implied a relationship. The backlash was immediate, with some going so far as to attack Morgan on the grounds of his looks/personality and others claiming they had lost respect for Anderson and her work, especially on twitter and tumblr. Posters who stated their opinions and/or disappointed about Anderson unusual behaviour a in such matter a short time after that where labelled misogynist by SJW-y blogs or were made fun of for their spelling or handling of the English language even it's visible that the poster is a non-native English speaker.
Shortly afterward, somebody set up a tumblr blog called HMS Gilligan that posted humourously crude manipulated pictures of Anderson and Morgan, sometimes mis tagged as #gillovny just for the sake of it, poking fun at some of the more extreme theories that had emerged to deny the apparent relationship and to counter the unpleasantness posted by more extreme Gillovny blogs who they called out as "snoggers", a derogatory terms used since the early days of The X-Files fandom which generalized everyone who posted Gillovny content as being a snogger. The blogs user bio reads "For every action, there must be an equal and opposite reaction." which suggests their mission statement is to react to Gillovny content. One blog that frequently reposts content from the HMS Gilligan blog even labelled this alleged "hardcore Gillovny" as "alt-right", which basically likens what the posters calls the "extreme" Gillovny supporters to right-wing radicals and in the end Nazis.
Their presence, along with their chosen shipper name "Gilligan" was rejected by the fandom (since the early 1990s this term was used in the The X-Files fandom to refer to Vince Gilligan), in favour of the less palatable "Gorgon", }while the rest of the fandom pretty much ignored the whole debacle, caring more about MSR than the etymology of a meaningless conflict.
However, in response to continued ugliness by "snoggers", many Anderson-centric, Big Name Fan blogs started reposting post of the HMS Gilligan blog, with tags suggesting the stupid humour was a welcome relief from the  increasingly vitriolic output of some Gillovny content. In the face of accusations of "showmance" and "fucking for an Oscar" (see Gillovny Receipts), some what most pro Gillovny and moderate Gillian Anderson fans on tumblr consider "holier-than-thou" fans of Ms Anderson felt the continued existence of certain dialogues was insulting to Anderson and Morgan, and any relationship they might be in.
A certain fraction of the Anderson fandom also shone light on the less pleasant moments in Duchovny and Anderson's past, presumably seeking to de-romanticize the relationship by posting old quotes and balance the giddy reunion with the realities of a 20+ year shared history, which by many pro Gillovny blogs was interpreted as an attempt to remove Duchovny from Anderson's past and devalue the friendship the two actors developed since working the first time together on "The X-Files".
Many of the fandom, on both sides of the equation, were uncomfortable with this division, as the hard won and well documented friendship of Anderson and Duchovny seemed at risk of being sullied by fandom infighting. Claims that Anderson would be "uncomfortable" near Duchovny and that Duchovny would be "toxic relationship" she referred to in an interview are unsubstantiated, circumstantial and taken out of context, as were the "romantic" rebuttals, which similarly used non-specific quotes from various interviews to "prove" the Gillovny romance. Although the fact that Anderson and Duchovny do not behave like "normal co-workers" during public appearances (probably partly being an expression of their friendship and the media attention is generates) does not help the fact that fans ship them,, .
In June 2017 400+ paparazzi pictures of Anderson and Morgan on holiday together in Portofino appeared, the most intrusive of which showed Morgan with his fingers in Anderson's bikini bottoms. The pictures also followed them through town to dinner on several occasions as well as showing Anderson changing through her room's window. On tumblr, many fans that had previously identified as Gillovny decided that those pictures "finally" proved that "Gillovny is over", while the wider fandom simply accepted this as one more move in a mostly general fandom irrelevant relationship.
The "end" of romantic Gillovny for all but the most fervent led to further division in the fandom, with user justholdinghandsok being the first to apply the term "sides" . Previously one was either Gillovny or  not (the majority not) but should a blog post anything positive about Morgan, or the Anderson/Morgan relationship they could be dubbed a "Gorgan", meaning a fan of the Anderson/Morgan pairing) . The previous update to this wiki stated this term was "partly derived by the term "demigorgan" used for monsters in the televison show Stranger Things", a theory not widely prevalent in the fandom, but fairly demonstrative of the petty disdain some "Gillovnies" (a term used by both sides) held for people supportive of the "Gorgan" relationship. However, the term has been established for the Anderson/Morgan ship by now, since even the supporters of the ship identify with the term.
Around that time a large amount of anonymous hate mail was received and published by a variety of blogs, both of whom had once leaned Gillovny and moved with the evidence to another mindset as well as "pro Gillovny" blogs for continuing posting "Gillovny" content. Reportedly, Gorgans also started to insult and threaten Gillovny blogs, and while there have certainly been public spats between outspoken parties in both camps, the pro Gillovny side started to block tumblr blogs posting "Pro Morgan" content and ignored anons but still receive anons that like to stir trouble. 
Tensions peaked on tumblr when an anonymous user, calling themselves Gillovny Receipts saved published content of an off tumblr public chatroom, hosted by key players in the Gillovny fandom. The content was inflammatory, unflattering in the extreme to Anderson and Morgan and further alienated the Gillovny snogger fringe from the tumblr fandom mainstream. The chat was widely circulated, and some users called out, with some twitter users going so far as to tag Gillian Anderson's social media accounts,  though the receipts blog itself did not participate beyond the initial posting, a circulation of links and it has remained silent since.
A fan commented on this behaviour on 27 Aug 2017:
Why can not these gorgons just stay away, and leave us alone?
Let us enjoy everything good that Gillovny brings us. Why will not they live for their ship and leave us alone? Oh sure, they have no ship, they just have something to always attack gillovny fans. They do not ship ga/pm, they just have the need to mocking us, it's as if that's the air they breathe, and without it they die.
On 29th August 2017 a twitter account that featured an image of Peter Morgan as user picture called @Gillovny Fact Check was created and started insulting and harassing random twitter users that posted Gillovny related content on twitter. It's notable that especially screenshots from the tumblr blog justholdinghands were posted as well the posts tagged with the hashtag #JHHFactCheck (JHH being a Gillovny fandom abbreviation for the tumblr user justholding hand).
On September 12th 2017, the popular France based Gillovny tumblr blog justholdinghands posted about an anon which has been sending her daily messages since the last two months which contained messages like that "they wished for me to die in a terrorist attack".
(...)In the last 2 months, I’ve been receiving a daily trolling anon, several messages a day, everyday, all the time. They were calling me names and obsessing over a chatroom that everyone had forgotten about already. It escalated a little when they wished for me to die in a terrorist attack, but it was mostly name calling and attention seeking. I blocked them everyday, but they came back, over and over, obviously using a VPN. It had bothered me for a time and I talked about it to a few close friends sending them screenshots and all. I reported the anons of course, but Tumblr policy in terms of bullying is so lame…(...)
On September 22nd 2017, Anderson referred to a 'boyfriend' in an interview with Parade magazine. For some, this is final proof that the Morgan/Anderson relationship is ongoing, though as always, there remains a die-hard Gillovny fringe, waiting for the second coming. Or the first? Fourth? Who knows!
Gillovny perception outside of fandom by others
::female host : "I wanna bring back Red Shoe Diaries."
- Everone: Oh!
- host 2: My god, David Duchovny.
- female host: And then. But now, since there is speculation that David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are together...
- host 3: ..That's not speculation... not speculation
- host1: ...they're the host of it as well....
- host 3:...that is a fact.
- host 4: I thought they hate each other.
- host 2: No, they love each other. They love each other.
- female host: No, they love each other,.
- host 3: we saw things happen at the Webbys. That's pretty much all we can say.
- host 2: And did you see the photo shoot recently?
- host 3: No?!
- host 2: Oh my god! I mean, my goodness.
- female host: and that's I mean have them do it together because then you get all the nerds really "Oh god!"
- host 2: Did they do them at the Webbys...
- female host: You know?
- host 1: Ahh!
- host 2: ...I mean at the Webbys let's just say:...
- host ?: Were they fingering?
- host 1: No!
- host 2: ...They showed up together and she went in through the front door, he went in through the back. He had is arm in a sling and she was on crutches.
- female host: I was told I wasn't allowed to say this...
- host ?: Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!....
- female host: ...I like it, though.
- host 1: Oh that!
- female host: Yeah!
- host ?: Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
- host 2: So what,...
- host ?: Mmmmmmm! Mmmmmmmmmmmm!
- host 2: ....he broke his arm and she broke her ankle...and that is supposed they're fucking?
- host 2:...But they'd be together...
- host 4: David Duchov... that's what they do, right?
- female host: ...together...
- host 2: they do it together, they're probably out, having a tryst somewhere... got into a car ac...
- host 5: They tried to solve some fucking alien crimes
- female host: Oh my god, like in "the World according to Garb"!From episode 338 of Roundtable of Gentlemen Poddcast around the 50 minute mark. Hosts Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, and Henry Zebrowski were present at the Webby Awards 2017 where Duchovny presented an award to Anderson
I don't know what's going on between @GillianA & David Duchovny lately but I don't ever want it to stop http://bit.ly/16apiSd #xphile4lifeMichael Ausiello (Founder and Editor-in-Chief at TVLine.com ) in a tweet on 16 Oct 2013
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are going all over the place acting like an actual couple. STOP TORTURING YOUR FANS!Matt Zoller Seitz (Writer for nymag.com and RogerEbert.com) in a tweet on 17 Oct 2013
“Gillian was great because she was kind of flirty with him and that’s what I wanted,” says Jason. She really knew how to handle him. She helped me a lot just by her being there and knowing how to take care of it. She was great. Beautiful. Friendly. And she gave me the look I wanted.”Jason Madara (photographer)
"THE DAILY HEAT INDEX: THE SEXUAL TENSION BETWEEN 'X-FILES' STARS GILLIAN ANDERSON AND DAVID DUCHOVNY IS TOO REAL"Maxim
“Definitely a fabulous energy in the studio when David and Gillian came in, really electrifying, some may say unwordly. This was a genuine moment. Would love to know what she was saying”Mark Mann (photographer)
“David and Gillian stood in that room together alone, and held each other for a good five minutes. They didn’t talk, they didn’t move, they just held each other. Tears running down their faces.”
“You could just see it in their faces, how much they truly did love each other. And that wasn’t just Dana and Fox, that was David and Gillian. They truly, truly loved each other. Oh, I never saw anything like it. I’ve been in this business all my life, literally. And I think David and Gillian’s relationship, Scully and Mulder, are one of the greatest male/female in TV history.”Kim Manners (X-Files producer and director with the most episode directing credits)
Orlando Jones and Gillovny
Jones worked with Duchovny back in 2001 on the movie Evolution and with Anderson 2016 on the Starz TV adaption of Neil Gaimans novel American Gods. In an interview with fangirlish.com he talked about fandom life and shipping
“I got a Gillovny ship problem to deal with. Like you read about, I’m Captain of that ship. And Gillian (Anderson) and David (Duchovny) are not gonna be together for whatever reason…so they think. I’m still trying to make that happen while I deal with Olicity and Westallen and very important other ships that are happening right now. Shoutout to Destiel.”
“It’s going to happen. They don’t understand what’s going on. David just finished touring, he and Tea are no longer together — which is horrible, I love Tea. They have beautiful kids. But Gillian’s beautiful, she’s sort of amazing — I don’t really understand what the problem is. Here’s the thing, I get that they want to take a slow roll, they want to walk in the sand for a little while, they don’t want to commit too soon. But in 20 years they’re going to be on Golden Pond together if I have to break both their fucking legs and put them there.”
In the 1990s most X-Files fan fiction was posted on HTML based websites or archives like the The Gossamer Project. Gossamer and most archives usually rejected RPF fan fiction and especially Actor fic.
On Archive of Our Own currently 306 works tagged Gillian Anderson/David Duchovny can be found. There used to be more, some authors decided to deleted their works from the archive after Gillian Anderson started to appear with Peter Morgan publicity although Anderson until today has neither denied nor confirmed to be in a romantic relationship with Morgan.
- stories tagged Gillian Anderson/David Duchovny on AO3
- Home by Five - a Gillovny RPF fan fiction archive
- Moving Forward by Sembell, AU WiP currently on chapter 51
- Three Down by elapses the current oldest Gillovny RPF archived at AO3.
On Youtube, currently, over 200 fan vids and slideshows can be found when searching for 'David and Gillian'
- playlist with 150+ videos
- David & Gillian - Hopelessly addicted (snogger video) by FrankieLarry
- David & Gillian (AU/Snogger) - Pretending by francyphoebe
- and Gillian - And I love her... by TheMinogue
- David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson - What's a soulmate? by MsOuroboros2012
- How Gillian Anderson & David Duchovny *hate* each other by Alicen June
- Shit between us tumblr blog - An ironic take on the Anderson/Duchovny relationship
- David and Gillian Shippers (DAGS)
- Eternally X-Files: A David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson Shipper Website (Archived Geocities Website)
- Dana's Dwelling Shipper/Snogger Realm
- Facebook Group
- content can be found at the the followin tags on tumblr: gillovny, david x gillian, Davillian, anderchovny
some Metaish contemplations
- The Case for Gillovny (aka adult, close, platonic and non lover friends)
- What allows you to keep shipping Gillovny now she's with someone else? Just stop
- Is Real-Life Shipping Creepy?
- Gillovny for Dummies
- why do some folks get upset when someone is uncertain whether gillovny is real?
- Fandom rift?
- how is gillovny different from snogger?
- RPF & Why I Write It
- Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny kissed—twice—on stage, because they’re evil
- What is a snogger? And why do you put the distinction between Gillovny and snuggery(sic!)? Isn't Gillovny simply Gillovny?
- David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson Flirt on Twitter, ‘X-Files’ Fans Minds all Simultaneously Explode by Beejoli Shah