David Duchovny has an obsession. One day after the X-Files star wed actress Téa Leoni in Manhattan two years ago, he said, “I couldn’t be happier”—then predicted the New York Knicks would reach the NBA finals. (They didn’t.) On April 26, two days after Leoni, 33, gave birth in L.A. to their first child, reportedly named Madelaine West Duchovny, the actor had this to say: “Téa and I are very ecstatic. We’re going to be raising her as a Knicks fan.”
The future fan was a week late, says X-Files costar Mitch Pileggi. “It was nerve-racking” for Duchovny, he says. “[But] I heard he handled the birth very well.”
The couple, both native New Yorkers, took no baby steps en route to the altar. They married four months after their mutual agent set them up on a dinner date in Jan. ’97. Duchovny, 38, then helped persuade the X-Files producers to relocate the show from Vancouver to L.A., where Leoni’s now-defunct NBC sitcom, The Naked Truth, was taping. Last year the couple bought a $3 million, four-bedroom home near Malibu. After starring in ’98’s Deep Impact, Leoni told a friend that all she wanted to do was “take some time off.”
Not Dad, not for a while. Duchovny, whose TV commitment to The X-Files runs for another year, begins filming a romantic drama with Minnie Driver in Chicago this week. Says Pileggi: “To be changing a diaper, to be doing the show and going off to do a movie, that’s a lot to deal with.” Not to mention all those Knicks games to watch with his daughter.