At the private reading of his latest book The Reservoir at 50 Vanderbilt avenue in NYC, White House Correspondent and the Founder of The Pavlovic Today Ksenija Pavlovic McAteer asked David Duchovny about the “pressure to fit in,” his experience, and how others can overcome it. 

“When I first started acting, my initial agents, managers would say, ‘Don’t tell them you went to Princeton and Yale. Because, we don’t want actors to feel like maybe they’re not as smart as you are,’” recalled Duchovny.

“Then, when I came back to writing, it was like, why is that actor writing?,” he added.

You’re always going to be kind of straitjacketed by a first impression or thumbnail sketch of what somebody thinks a person with your history, schooling, background, race, creed, color is going to be. And that has nothing to do with you, it has nothing to do with me,” Duchovny explained. 

“So you just have to stand firm and be the individual self that you are to fight through,” Duchovny shared his advice.


“David Duchovny writes like Bob Dylan, but in prose. There’s irony, poetry, there’s social commentary. There’s a brooding outrage. And there’s romance, too. The complex, multilayered novella, The Reservoir . . . is an easy-to-read, hard-to-forget page-turner.”

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