It may be 2016, but Gillian Anderson had to deal with the same issues she faced when she was originally cast as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully in the '90s TV hit, The X-Files
The 47-year-old actress was initially offered half the pay that her co-star, David Duchovny, was to star in the upcoming series revival of the cult classic, she revealed to The Hollywood Reporter
Anderson also spoke about the pay gap to the Daily Beast
, admitting she was disappointed that she hasn’t been asked about the issue more.
“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 said. “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.”
Anderson explained that when the show first began in 1993, she was paid less than Duchovny for several seasons. It wasn't until she was told to walk behind him on camera, and never stand to his side, however, that sent her over the edge.
"I have such a knee-jerk reaction to that stuff, a very short tolerance for that s**t," she said. "I don't know how long it lasted or if it changed because I eventually said, 'F**k no! No!' I don't remember somebody saying, 'Okay, now you get to walk alongside him.' But I imagine it had more to do with my intolerance and spunk than it being an allowance that was made."
Anderson was shocked to deal with similar gender discrimination again over twenty years later.
"People have said to me, 'I can't believe that happened, how did you feel about it, that is insane,'" she explained. "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."
While a source told The Hollywood Reporter
that Anderson will be receiving equal pay for The X-Files
reboot, wage gap issues in Hollywood are far from over. See what Bradley Cooper said about the "double standard"
in the video below.