Filming on the six-episode revival of The X-Files on Fox is well underway, and now Chris Carter has added another familiar face to the cast. Now, actress Annabeth Gish is returning to play her role of FBI agent Monica Reyes. Gish played the part of Reyes in the last two (arguably less popular) seasons of the series that no longer included David Duchovny as a series regular anymore.
Gish’s character appeared in twenty-three episodes of the original series’ eighth and ninth seasons as an agent who worked with Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully and Robert Patrick’s character of John Doggett. She was seen last in The X-Files‘ series finale after she and Doggett helped Mulder and Scully go on the run. She was a recurring character in the show’s eighth season before being promoted to series regular in the final year of the show.
Annabeth Gish first came to prominence in the 1988 film Mystic Pizza, starring alongside a then-unknown Julia Roberts. Gish would then feature in several movies and TV series before landing the role of Monica Reyes on The X-Files. Fans expected that she and Robert Patrick would become the new leads after Gillian Anderson left the series, but the Reyes/Doggett partnership and chemistry didn’t capture the hearts and imaginations of fans in the same way that Scully and Mulder did, and Fox decided to end the series after nine successful seasons instead. Still, it’s nice that Chris Carter is acknowledging her contribution to the show and including her in the revival series. Could Robert Patrick be next to return?
Gish joins returning stars Anderson, Duchovny, Mitch Pileggi and William B. Davis. The new series has also has recruited new guest-stars Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose, Joel McHale, Annet Mahendru, Rhys Darby and Kumail Nanjiani.
The X-Files returns Jan. 24, 2016.