The thousands of bees released in the film presented Anderson and her partner with some additional excitement. Specifically, the two were instructed to stumble through a living sea of insects which not even the best animal wrangler can train; a task that left an inedible impression in Anderson’s mind.
"Everything was about bees. All the shots we did before the [scenes with the real] bees were pretending that we were being attacked by bees. Finally, I was like, ‘All right, already, bring out the bees.’ I certainly don’t remember any of my college classes having to roll around and pretend I was being attacked by bees," she quips. Who says college always prepares you for the professional world?
…How does an actor prepare to run through a swarm of irritable bees? Try bravado.
"You just have to throw caution to the wind and just trust everything is going to end up okay. You have to go in fearless," she says.
Her straightforward philosophy worked. With the exception of a nervous moment or two, Anderson miraculously escaped the scene unscathed, even though neither she nor Duchovny wore any protective garb. “Our clothes were glued to us at the wrists, along the collars,” she explains. “So David and I are standing on our marks and waiting for the guys to come out with these big tubs of bees. [Then] they started scooping the bees up into the air. Just seeing it for the first time, the thousands and thousands of bees, David and I just looked at each other and we both said, ‘Oh my God! Oh my God!’ They were just filling the air in these thick swarms that we knew any second we had to run through. We knew it was going to be okay, but I don’t think that until we actually saw it in front of us that we realized what we were about to do.”
The X-Files Official Movie Magazine, June 1998 (x)