Gillian Anderson Had to Fight (Again) for Equal Pay on ‘X-Files’

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One would think that an award-winning actress returning to the TV series that she helped make popular wouldn't have to do something as ridiculous as battle for a wage that was commensurate with her male co-star's pay. Yet, that's exactly what Gillian Anderson had to do.

After three years of battling with Fox to simply be paid the same as David Duchovny during the show's original run, and even (most egregiously) be able to literally stand next to him (the studio required she stand a few feet back on the show), she finally got what she deserved. 


However, long after the show's initial run was over, it was as though all that hard work reset itself. Incredibly, in an era where more and more attention is being brought toward the wage gap in Hollywood, producers had the balls to offer Anderson literally half of what Duchovny was making for the X-Files reunion. Half. "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,'" Anderson told The Daily Beast. "And then it happened again! I don't even know what to say about it." 

After so many years of equality, the idea of rolling it back and thinking no one would notice shows an incredible level of either incompetence or blatant misogyny. 


When even Jennifer Lawrence, one of the most celebrated actresses in Hollywood today, can't seem to be given equal treatment and pay as her male counterparts, it seems like the only way for this to get any better is for the old men that can't seem to act right to either step down or just keel over and die and let the next generation take over. 

Because frankly, we're sick of this sh*t. 

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