X-Files 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