January 14, 2016 04:50 PM

Mulder and Scully may not have ended up together, but the stars who play them still have a spark.

“People know we are good friends now and that we’ve found our way into an adult friendship,” Gillian Anderson tells The Edit of her The X-Files costar David Duchovny. “But there is something that will always remain between us, a kinetic energy that is tangible when you see us in a room together.”

Gillian Anderson
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The stars are returning for a limited, six-episode X-Files revival on Fox, and Anderson, 47, admits it was a challenge to step back into the character she first played when she was 25.

“I struggled in the first week. I was trying to find the Scully of the past, rather than accepting time had passed. She and Mulder aren’t together and she’s carved out a world for herself, in medicine, working with a particular disease, with children, assisting surgeons,” says Anderson. “You get the sense that she goes to work, she goes to her apartment, and that s her life. There is something missing and, of course, the thing that s missing is Mulder.”

Anderson recently opened up about showing her sons Felix, 7, and Oscar, 9, her favorite X-Files episode. Unfortunately things didn’t go as planned.

Gillian Anderson on the cover of EDIT Magazine
Photographed by Nico for The EDIT, NET-A-PORTER.COM

“They had nightmares for weeks!” Anderson said on The Talk Wednesday. “They’ve seen Harry Potter, they’ve seen Voldemort, they’ve seen Orcs, they’ve seen everything [and this scared them]. It literally is the bane of my existence.”

The X-Files returns to Fox on Jan. 24 at 10 p.m ET.

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