Gillian Anderson: Initial Pay Difference On The X-Files Was “Massive”

I already believe.

Recommended Videos

You and I know that Mulder ain’t shit without Scully, but sadly Gillian Anderson says that wasn’t reflected in her X-Files pay grade. In a recent interview for Red magazine, the actress revealed that she received far less money and respect than her male co-star—but that’s par for the course in her line of work.

Says Anderson:

At the beginning of The X-Files, the pay disparity was massive […] But that happens all the time in Hollywood. It’s ‘Do this for me, I’ll get you a job.’ It’s easy to miss and it’s easy to get used to it.

There are things that are intolerable in today’s world, in terms of the perception of women. The expectation that, if a woman is wearing a short skirt, she’s ‘asking for it.’

When the news broke earlier this month that Queen Anderson would be a series regular on the upcoming season of Hannibal, many fans wondered what would happen with her crime drama The Fall. But according to Red, the actress is still relishing her role as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson:

There are aspects of Stella that I’m familiar with in my own personality […] I feel I’ve been able to make peace with myself more because she’s so unapologetic about the island that she is. My partners have consistently said, ‘You live this life I have no idea about.’ The idea of saying [to them], ‘I’m thinking about doing this film, let’s talk about what it means for our life’ …It’s challenging for me.

It’s not my first instinct. My first instinct is to decide, ‘Can I do this? Yes I can.’

Sadly, Anderson says she’s been temporarily overshadowed a little by her Fall co-star Jamie Dornon, aka The Future Mr. Christian Grey: “Now people don’t ever want to talk to me about The X-Files. They only want to ask about Jamie Dornan.”

Gillian, those “people” are aliens. That’s literally the only logical explanation.

(via Digital Spy)

Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?


The Mary Sue is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article Interested in the ‘Parasyte: The Grey’ Dub? Here’s the English Cast
Su-in in Parasyte: the Grey.
Read Article ‘Shogun’s Anna Sawai Is Living Every Crafter’s Dream
Anna Sawai as Lady Mariko in a scene from 'Shogun.' She is a Japanese woman with long, black hair wearing an ornate floral robe from Feudal Japan. Other Japanese women stand behind her and flanking her.
Read Article When Will the Highly Anticipated ‘Ginny & Georgia’ Season 3 Arrive on Netflix?
Antonia Gentry as Ginny and Brianne Howey as Georgia Miller in Ginny & Georgia
Read Article Will There Be a Season 3 of ‘Heartbreak High’?
From left to right: James Majoos as Darren Rivers, Chloe Hayden as Quinni Gallagher-Jones, and Ayesha Madon as Amerie Wadia in Netflix's remake of Heartbreak High
Read Article ‘Cruel Summer’ Season 1 Ending Explained
Cruel Summer poster
Related Content
Read Article Interested in the ‘Parasyte: The Grey’ Dub? Here’s the English Cast
Su-in in Parasyte: the Grey.
Read Article ‘Shogun’s Anna Sawai Is Living Every Crafter’s Dream
Anna Sawai as Lady Mariko in a scene from 'Shogun.' She is a Japanese woman with long, black hair wearing an ornate floral robe from Feudal Japan. Other Japanese women stand behind her and flanking her.
Read Article When Will the Highly Anticipated ‘Ginny & Georgia’ Season 3 Arrive on Netflix?
Antonia Gentry as Ginny and Brianne Howey as Georgia Miller in Ginny & Georgia
Read Article Will There Be a Season 3 of ‘Heartbreak High’?
From left to right: James Majoos as Darren Rivers, Chloe Hayden as Quinni Gallagher-Jones, and Ayesha Madon as Amerie Wadia in Netflix's remake of Heartbreak High
Read Article ‘Cruel Summer’ Season 1 Ending Explained
Cruel Summer poster
Author