Gillian Anderson Was Only Offered Half What David Duchovny Was For X-Files Reboot
Back in the ’90s, when the X-Files was first on the air, Gillian Anderson had to fight her ass off to get the same pay as David Duchovny. She succeeded–which is not surprising given that she is Gillian Anderson and thus not too keen on taking anyone’s shit. Scully did have to come from somewhere, you know.
Anyway, you’d think that after all that, FOX would not try and pull such shenanigans again with Ms. Anderson. BUT YOU WOULD BE WRONG, because of course they did. In fact, when they approached her, they only offered her half of what they offered Duchovny. This is of course crazy, because it’s not as though anyone would be excited about an X-Files reboot with just David Duchovny. Scully and Mulder are the X-Files, which is why whenever I have rewatched the series, I basically stop paying attention around Doggett and Reyes time.
Via The Daily Beast:
“I’m surprised that more [interviewers] haven’t brought that up because it’s the truth,” Anderson says of the pay disparity, first disclosed in the Hollywood Reporter. “Especially in this climate of women talking about the reality of [unequal pay] in this business, I think it’s important that it gets heard and voiced. It was shocking to me, given all the work that I had done in the past to get us to be paid fairly. I worked really hard toward that and finally got somewhere with it.
“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! I don’t even know what to say about it.”
As you might imagine, Anderson was not about to accept getting less than Duchovny, and successfully negotiated equal pay for the series. BAM.