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Wage disparity between male and female actors in Hollywood of late came to light with “X-Files” costar Gillian Anderson, who plays agent Agent Dana Scully. The program is popular with viewers for its story of investigators looking into paranormal circumstances. However, behind the scenes, there was a surprising gender gap in pay that became revealed in interviews leading up to the premiere of the series’ revival on Fox.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Anderson said she was offered “half of what they wanted to offer” costar David Duchovny, who plays Agent Fox Mulder, to participate in the reboot.
Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Anderson and Duchovny ultimately received equal pay. However, Anderson said, it was galling given that she had fought this battle even before the series’ first run.
It took her three years to close the gap between what she and Duchovny were making in the 1990’s after becoming fed up with accepting less than “equal pay for equal work,” she told The Daily Beast.
“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,” she said. Fans of the program knew little o nothing about the disparity. Perhaps now that this incident has been given the spotlight, it will be a issue that SAG-AFTRA union will monitor closely with its members.