'The X-Files': Gillian Anderson was offered half of David Duchovny's pay for revival series

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Gillian Anderson Offered Half David Duchovny's Pay for 'X-Files' Revival

Gillian Anderson may have earned Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for her portrayal of Dana Scully in Fox's sci-fi hit "The X-Files," but she recently revealed that she had to fight to be paid the same as male co-star David Duchovny -- during the show's original run and for the hotly-anticipated revival, premiering Sunday.

Anderson confirmed to The Daily Beast that it took her three seasons before she closed the wage gap between her and co-star Duchovny during the show's '90s heyday, after growing tired of accepting less than "equal pay for equal work."

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According to The Daily Beast, the studio also "initially required Anderson to stand a few feet behind her male partner on camera, careful never to step side-by-side with him."

"I can only imagine that at the beginning, they wanted me to be the sidekick," Anderson told The Daily Beast. "Or that, somehow, maybe it was enough of a change just to see a woman having this kind of intellectual repartee with a man on camera, and surely the audience couldn't deal with actually seeing them walk side by side!"

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'The X-Files': Gillian Anderson was offered half of David Duchovny's pay for revival series
THE X-FILES: L-R: Gillian Anderson, guest star Joel McHale and David Duchovny. The next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The thrilling, six-episode event series, helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI Agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY, marks the momentous return of the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES: L-R: Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. The next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The thrilling, six-episode event series, helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI Agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY, marks the momentous return of the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES: L-R: Guest star Annet Mahendru and Gillian Anderson. The next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The thrilling, six-episode event series, helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI Agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY, marks the momentous return of the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES: L-R: Guest star Joel McHale, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. The next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The thrilling, six-episode event series, helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI Agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY, marks the momentous return of the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES: L-R: Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. The next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The thrilling, six-episode event series, helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI Agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY, marks the momentous return of the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 7: Mulder (David Duchovny, R) and Scully (Gillian Anderson, L) suspect that hexcraft is the source of threats against a doctor's family in THE X-FILES episode 'Theef' which originally aired Sunday, March 12, 2000. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 1: Scott Bairstow guest starred on THE X-FILES episode 'Miracle Man' which originally aired on Sunday, March 18, 1994. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 7: Cigarette-Smoking Man (William B. Davis, R) meets with his friend Marjorie Butters (Louise Latham, L), on THE X-FILES episode 'En Ami,' which originally aired Sunday, March 19, 2000 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 8: Agent Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish, L) and Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick, R) investigate Mulder's disappearance in the 'This Is Not Happening' episode of THE X-FILES which originally aired on Sun., Feb. 25, 2001 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 7: Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny, second from R, Gillian Anderson, R) meet Gary Shandling (as himself, L) and Tea Leoni (as herself, second from L) on the Hollywood set of a film in production based on Mulder and Scully's adventures working The X-Files. This episode was also written and directed by David Duchovny. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 7: Agent Diana Fowley (Mimi Rogers, L) and Cigarette-Smoking Man (William B. Davis, R) play a mysterious part in Agent Fox Mulder's illness in 'The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati' episode which originally aired Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 8: Tension mounts between Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny, L) and John Doggett (Robert Patrick, R) while investigating a man murdered on the White House lawn in the 'Three Words' episode of THE X-FILES which originally aired on Sun., April 8, 2001 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES: Agent Mulder (David Duchovny, L) searches for an alien being who possesses miraculous healing powers in THE X-FILES episode 'Talith Cumi' which originally aired on Sunday, May 17, 1996. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 7: Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) lies in a hospital bed with a mysterious and deteriorating illness in 'The Sixth Extinction' episode which originally aired Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 8: Scully (Gillian Anderson, L) and Skinner (Mitch Pileggi, R) discuss Doggett's kidnapping in the 'Three Words' episode of THE X-FILES which originally aired on Sun., April 8, 2001 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 7: Assistant Director Skinner (Mitch Pileggi, R) gets an urgent message to Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson, L) in 'The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati' episode which originally aired Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 8: Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson, L) shows a piece of evidence to Deputy Billy Miles (Zachary Ansley, R) in HE X-FILES season finale episode 'Requiem' which originally aired onSunday, May 21 (9:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES: Assistant Director Skinner (Mitch Pileggi, L) and Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson, R) confer on a medical situation in THE X-FILES episode 'Brand X' which originally aired April 16, 2000 on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 8: Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) undergoes testing regarding her pregnancy in THE X FILES episode 'Per Manum' which originally aired on Sun., Feb. 20, 2001 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 7: Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigates circumstances around a man who seems to be just a little too lucky in 'The Goldberg Variation' episode of THE X-FILES which originally aired Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 8: Mulder (David Duchovny, L) and John Doggett (Robert Patrick, R) are begrudgingly thrown together to investigate bizarre deaths on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico in the 'Vienen' episode of THE X-FILES which originally aired Sun., April 29, 2001 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 8: Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick, L) and Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson, R) investigate the reappearance of a young boy who was kidnapped ten years ago in the 'Invocation' episode of THE X-FILES which originally aired Sun., Dec. 3, 2000 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES: Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) searches for a man with unimaginable regenerative powers in THE X-FILES episode 'Leonard Betts' which originally aired on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 7: Agent Mulder (David Duchovny, L) squares off with arch rival Alex Krycek (Nicholas Lea, R) in THE X-FILES season finale episode 'Requiem' which originally aired Sunday, May 21, 2000 (9:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Also pictured: L-R: Laurie Holden as Marita Covarrubias and Mitch Pileggi Asst. Director Skinner). (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES: Agents Mulder (David Duchovny, L) and Scully (Gillian Anderson, R) hunt for a killer who uses the internet to attract his victims on THE X-FILES episode '2Shy' which originally aired on Sunday, November 3, 1995. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 7: Agents Scully (Gillian Anderson, L) and Mulder (David Duchovny, R) investigate the bizarre death of a magician in 'The Amazing Maleeni' episode of THE X-FILES which originally aired Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 7: Agent Diana Fowley (Mimi Rogers, R) plays a mysterious part in Agent Fox Mulder's (David Duchovny) deteriorating illness in 'The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati' episode which originally aired Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 7: Agent Scully (Gillian Anderson, C) is saved from a fall by The Lone Gunmen (L-R: Tom Braidwood as Frohike, Bruce Harwood as Byers and Dean Haglund as Langley) in THE X-FILES season finale episode 'Requiem' which originally aired Sunday, May 21, 2000 (9:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 7: Assistant Director Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) restrains Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) in 'The Sixth Extinction' episode which originally aired Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 8: Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson, R) meets Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick, L), the FBI's task force leader in the search for Agent Mulder, in the season premiere episode of THE X-FILES airing Sunday, Nov. 5, 2000 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 8: Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick) at the scene of a gruesome murder linked to a bat-like creature in the 'Patience' episode of THE X-FILES which originally aired Sun., Nov. 19, 2000 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 8: Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick, L) and Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson, R) investigate their first case together, a series of gruesome murders linked to a bat-like creature, in the 'Patience' episode of THE X-FILES which originally aired Sun., Nov. 19, 2000 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 7: Kathy Griffin (L) guest stars in the dual role of feuding sisters Betty Templeton and Lulu Pfeiffer with David Duchovny (R) as Fox Mulder in the 'Fight Club' episode of THE X-FILES which originally aired on Sunday, May 7, 2000 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 8: Agents Mulder (David Duchovny, L) and Scully (Gillian Anderson, R) in the 'Alone' episode of THE X-FILES which originally aired on Sun., May 6, 2001 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode was directed by co executive producer Frank Spotnitz. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE X-FILES - SEASON 8: (L -R) Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick), Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) and Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) search for the missing Agent Mulder in part two of the season premiere of THE X-FILES which originally aired Sunday, Nov. 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
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Although Anderson eventually received salary parity with Duchovny, she told The Hollywood Reporter she was once again offered "half" of what her male co-star was being courted with when she was first approached about Fox's "X-Files" revival. (Sources told THR that the two actors ended up being paid the same amount for the event series.)

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"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."

She added, "Even in interviews in the last few years, people have said to me, 'I can't believe that happened, how did you feel about it, that is insane.' And my response always was, 'That was then, this is now.' And then it happened again! I don't even know what to say about it."

Fox declined to comment on Anderson's statements.

"The X-Files" revival premieres Sunday, Jan. 24 on Fox.

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PHOTOS: Gillian Anderson at events this year

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 2: Gillian Anderson attends the Glamour Women of the Year Awards on June 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
Actress Gillian Anderson attends the TWC/NETFLIX Golden Globe after party, in Beverly Hills, California, on January 10, 2016. AFP PHOTO /CHRIS FARINA / AFP / CHRIS FARINA (Photo credit should read CHRIS FARINA/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Gillian Anderson attends the Glamour Women Of The Year Awards at Berkeley Square Gardens on June 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Gillian Anderson attends The Weinstein Company And A+E Networks 'War And Peace' Screening at The London West Hollywood on January 11, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for A+E Networks)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Theatre Actress of the Year winner Gillian Anderson (L) and presenter Douglas Booth attend the Glamour Women Of The Year awards at Berkeley Square Gardens on June 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Gillian Anderson attends the Glamour Women Of The Year awards at Berkeley Square Gardens on June 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Theatre Actress of the Year winner Gillian Anderson attends the Glamour Women Of The Year awards at Berkeley Square Gardens on June 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Gillian Anderson attends a dinner in honour of Justine Picardie to celebrate the book 'Dior by Avedon' at the Beaumont Hotel on January 19, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Dior)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 15: Actor David Duchovny (L) and actress Gillian Anderson speak during the FOX segment for the television show 'The X Files' at the Langham Hotel on January 15, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 15: Actors Joel McHale, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Creator/Executive Producer Chris Carter speak onstage during 'The X-Files' panel discussion at the FOX portion of the 2015 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel on January 15, 2016 in Pasadena, California (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - Emmy Award-nominated 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight (11:35 p.m. - 12:41 a.m., ET), packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The guests for Tuesday, January 12 included David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson ('The X-Files'), actor Jacob Tremblay ('Room') and musical guest Leon Bridges. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) GILLIAN ANDERSON
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - Emmy Award-nominated 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight (11:35 p.m. - 12:41 a.m., ET), packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The guests for Tuesday, January 12 included David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson ('The X-Files'), actor Jacob Tremblay ('Room') and musical guest Leon Bridges. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID DUCHOVNY, GILLIAN ANDERSON, JIMMY KIMMEL
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Actress Gillian Anderson attends the premiere of Fox's 'The X-Files' at California Science Center on January 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Actress Gillian Anderson (L) and executive producer/director Chris Carter arrive at the premiere of Fox's 'The X-Files' at the California Science Center on January 16, 2106 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Gillian Anderson arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Fox's 'The X-Files' held at California Science Center on January 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Actress Gillian Anderson arrives for the premiere of Fox's 'The X-Files' held at California Science Center on January 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Gillian Anderson arrives at the 2016 Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes After Party on January 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Gillian Anderson attends the Park Theatre Annual Gala Dinner at Stoke Newington Town Hall on November 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
THE X-FILES: L-R: Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully and David Duchovny as Fox Mulder. The next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The thrilling, six-episode event series, helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI Agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY, marks the momentous return of the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
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