Gillian Anderson recently revealed that she was initially offered only half the amount of money that David Duchovny was getting to appear in FOX's X-Files reboot. In an interview with The Daily Beast, she said she was surprised that more reporters hadn't brought up that fact after it was disclosed in The Hollywood Reporter. She went on: “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."
Anderson has always had to fight to make sure both Anderson herself and her character, FBI Special Agent Dana Scully, were treated as equals to Duchovny and the character of Fox Mulder. In the beginning of the original series, the studio asked that Anderson always stand a few feet behind Duchovny in scenes they were in together, and it was three years before she managed to earn the same salary as him.