Gillian Anderson offered less money than David Duchovny for X-Files return

X-FilesDavid Duchovny, Gillian Anderson in The X-Files Reboot star Gillian Anderson has revealed during an interview with The Daily Beast that for the recent revival of The X-Files, she was offered half of what her co-star, David Duchovny, was being paid.

When she was first cast on the show in 1993, she was an unknown, and was paid less than Duchovny, who had more television experience. She said the staging always had her standing or walking slightly behind Duchovny.

She remembers, “I can only imagine that at the beginning, they wanted me to be the sidekick. 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!”

People who know she was paid less and treated as less than an equal despite being Duchovny’s co-star and being just as important to the show as he was, have expressed their disbelief. “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.”

However, Gillian held out and the two stars were paid equally for the six-episode X-Files reboot, which premiered last Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016.  ~Alexandra Heilbron

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  1. Jock McBile • January 28, 2016 @ 12:30 PM

    Good for her.

    I understand the excuse of unknown actor in the beginning. However, I cannot accept the publicity shots, and the insult of trying the same B.S the second time around.

    Ms. Anderson was never a side-kick, both characters were integral to the success of the show.

  2. Snepts • January 28, 2016 @ 12:35 PM

    Should have gotten Jennifer Lawrence.

  3. Mary • January 28, 2016 @ 6:31 PM

    That really sucks!

  4. CDubya • January 28, 2016 @ 6:32 PM

    She held out and got what she wanted this time around. Honestly the two character names are synonymous as Laurel and Hardy or Superman and Lois. So good for her.

  5. Jenny • January 28, 2016 @ 7:15 PM

    I watched one episode and thought they’d hired a really awkwar beginner actor when I saw him. She was the pro out of the two, she should’ve gotten more than him

  6. Snepts • January 29, 2016 @ 12:48 AM

    Her best, most memorable role came in JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN.

  7. Cindy • January 29, 2016 @ 5:04 PM

    Gillian Anderson was amazing as Hannibal Lector’s psychiatrist in the series Hannibal. Getting paid as much as David Duchovny that should never have been an issue what an insult!

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