Gillian Anderson has been candid about her struggles to be paid as much as co-star David Duchovny on The X-Files, and in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter reveals that when it came time to reboot the show, all these years later things hadn’t really changed all that much.
“There’s no point in dealing with my side [first],” she says, “because, as usual, they come to me with half of what they want to offer David.” (THR adds that Fox sources claim the two co-stars received equal pay for the revival).
In another interview, with The Daily Beast, Anderson discusses the uphill battle she faced trying to achieve salary parity with Duchovny, revealing that didn’t actually happen until several years into the series’ run — even recalling how she was asked to stand slightly behind him in scenes and promotional photos.
“I can only imagine that at the beginning, they wanted me to be the sidekick,” she says. “Or that, somehow, maybe it was enough of a change just to see a woman having this kind of intellectual repartee with a man on camera, and surely the audience couldn’t deal with actually seeing them walk side by side!”
She adds: “I have such a knee-jerk reaction to that stuff, a very short tolerance for that s**t. I don’t remember somebody saying, ‘Okay, now you get to walk alongside him.’ But I imagine it had more to do with my intolerance and spunk than it being an allowance that was made.”
According to Anderson, she finally received equal pay in The X-Files’ third season, but admits she’s “shocked” about how little has changed in the intervening years.
“Even in interviews in the last few years, people have said to me, ‘I can’t believe that happened, how did you feel about it, that is insane.’ And my response always was, ‘That was then, this is now.’ And then it happened again!” she admits. “I don’t even know what to say about it.”
For season 11 of “The X-Files”, TVLine is reporting that the next revival season will be written mostly by men. Veteran writers and new writers will be putting together the new season, but there will be no female writers in the writers room, unfortunately.
The news quickly spread across social media and Anderson caught wind of it and attached her own sentiments to The Washington Post’s coverage of the revelation. Anderson noted that only two of the 207 episodes of the sci-fi series have been directed by women, Anderson having directed one of them.
Anderson and Duchovny are returning for the next season, along with writers Chris Carter, Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan, James Wong, Gabe Rotter, Benjamin Van Allen and Brad Follmer.