'X-Files' update: Fans react to Gillian Anderson's wage gap claims

By @iamkarlatecson on
Actress Gillian Anderson of "The X Files" speaks during the Fox Network presentation at the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour in Pasadena, California January 15, 2016. Reuters/David McNew

As fans gear up for the premiere of the “X-Files,” which airs in the US at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, some of the show’s fans shared their sentiments over Gillian Anderson’s claims that gender gap pay issues still exist in Hollywood.

Anderson, who plays Special Agent Dana Scully, said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that for the show’s reboot, she was offered "half of what they wanted to offer" her co-star David Duchovny. Duchovny gives life to the “X-Files” character agent Fox Mulder.

While The Hollywood Reporter cites sources that Anderson and Duchovny ultimately received equal pay, Anderson said that it was infuriating to face again the wage disparity battle, which she encountered back in 1993 when the series started.

"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 in an interview with The Daily Beast.

Anderson shared The Daily Beast’s story in her Twitter account, captioning it, “Dare I say: ‘The Truth Is Out There?’” 


“X-Files” fans took to Twitter to express their reactions towards Anderson’s claims. 







Anderson, who has reaped awards for her “X-Files” character is not the only one accusing Hollywood of unequal pay issues. Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence recently revealed that she was paid less than her male co-stars on "American Hustle," according to a report by CNN. Facing the issue head-on, the feisty actress even said it's time for her to stop being "adorable" when it comes to negotiating.