In the late 1980s, both Duchovny and the Flashdance star attended the prestigious Ivy League school, and Beals has revealed her run-ins with the actor were always a bit cheeky.

She tells U.S. chat show The Talk, "I used to see David on the street - he tried to pick me up on several occasions. And I said, 'Um, I'm living with somebody.'

"And then I ended up taking this acting class in New York and who walks in the door but David Duchovny. And he's like, 'I swear I am not stalking you!' And we became really good friends. He's a real sweetheart."

Duchovny even tried to get Beals hired on The X-Files as FBI agent Dana Scully, a part which eventually went to Gillian Anderson.

Beals adds, "When he was doing The X-Files he had talked to me about doing that, but I think Gillian was much better suited for that part than me."