Actress says she found her initial lower salary offer 'shocking'
Gillian Anderson has spoken again about being offered considerably less money than David Duchovny to return to The X-Files.
The actress fought hard to receive the same pay as Duchovny during the show’s ’90s heyday, but revealed during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month that when Fox decided to revive The X-Files for a six-episode miniseries, “as usual, they [had] come to me with half of what they want to offer David”.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anderson once again managed to negotiate an equal fee to Duchovny for the new episodes, but in her latest interview she has shared her disappointment with what happened initially.
“I’m surprised that more [interviewers] haven’t brought that up because it’s the truth. 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,” she toldThe Daily Beast. “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.”
The actress continued: “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.”
Anderson concluded by saying of her lower pay offer: “It is… sad. It is sad.”
Episode one of The X Files miniseries aired on Fox last night (January 24), with episode two to follow tonight (January 25). The miniseries will premiere in the UK on Channel 5 in early February – watch a trailer below.