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I want to believe

Gillian Anderson was offered half David Duchovny’s pay for “X-Files” reboot

January 24, 2016

The always-skeptical FBI agent Dana Scully and her partner, conspiracy theorist Fox Mulder, became household names when The X-Files debuted in 1993, making Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny instant stars. The science fiction hit spanned nine seasons on Fox and two films and — much to the delight of loyal fans — will return this week for a highly-anticipated six-episode reboot.

Anderson, who earned an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her role, told The Daily Beast that she suspects Agent Scully was initially supposed to be a sidekick and said she was advised to always walk a few feet behind Duchovny. Even after all the accolades she earned for her work, when it came time to re-vamp the series for a modern audience, she was offered “half” the pay of her male co-star, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I’m surprised that more [interviewers] haven’t brought that up because it’s the truth,” Anderson told The Daily Beast. “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. 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.” Sources say she eventually negotiated her pay to match Duchovny’s, but called the disparity “sad.”

Read the full story at The Daily Beast.