The X-Files Reboot Makes ‘Equal Pay’ sound like Area 51
by julie.brown on February 6, 2016 - 10:22am
On January 24th, fans from all over gathered around laptops and TV sets to watch the premiere of The X-Files reboot. After nine seasons of content, which capped off in 2002, “baited breath” was the motto as everyone impatiently awaited the return of their favorite myth-busting duo. And though this revival brings the beloved 90s series into the modern era, it seems that FOX was less than eager to extend the same courtesy to leading lady Gillian Anderson.
Anderson, who plays the practical and analytical Dana Scully, said in an article by CNN published on the day of the premiere that she was initially offered “half of what they wanted to offer” to David Duchovny, the actor behind Scully’s partner, Fox Mulder. Though she received equal pay in due course, Anderson was visibly stunned by the proposal.
“It was shocking to me, given all the work that I had done in the past to get us to be paid fairly,” she says in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Indeed, for the show’s first three years – from 1993 to 1995 – Anderson was making less than her co-star, despite being just as central to the show. The first run of The X-Files also originally required her to stand a few feet behind Duchovny in their shared shots.
The Hollywood wage gap has been attracting more and more media attention, as other well-known actresses such as Jennifer Lawrence speak up about the issue.
Equal pay in the industry – be it the movie industry or any other – is a worrisome topic for many female students and workers, such as myself. The threat of not being considered as same, as just as valuable, looms in the distance before stepping out into the world. But speaking up about these issues and calling out such discriminatory practices – well, there’s nothing ‘alien’ in the way it’ll surely bring about change.
Source: “Gillian Anderson: I was offered less pay for ‘X-Files’ reboot, Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, Jan. 24th, 2016. http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/23/entertainment/gillian-anderson-pay-gap-x-files-feat/