She’s a self-identified feminist and Gillian Anderson has revealed how she handled the situation when she discovered one of her male co-stars had been offered double of what she had for the same series in which they both play leading characters.
Talking on Saturday’s episode of The Jonathan Ross Show, The X Files actress told how David Duchovny was offered a significantly heftier pay packet for the latest run of the sci-fiction series but she refused to accept it.
The 47-year-old – decked out in Atelier Swarovski jewellery and an Antonio Berardi dress – explained: ‘I knew that from the beginning and there was a reason why [David Duchovny was being paid more than me] because I was starting from nothing and he had just done a big film but there was a certain point where we were doing the same amount of work and it was time to renegotiate. And I did.
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Telling all: Gillian Anderson talked pay inequalities and the future of The X Files during her appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show which airs on Saturday
‘We got the phone call with what the offer is, we knew what David’s offer was this time around and it was twice as much as my offer was. Which is stupid really because I’m going to find out and worked really hard for parity back then and was kind of shocked.
‘I don’t know it was silly. So it’s always been that David’s team does the negotiating and then I just say, [I want what he’s having] basically.’
Gillian – who plays FBI Special Agent Dana Scully in the popular series – added that she’s not ruling out the possibility of filming more episodes, stating it’d be a case of getting timings right.
‘I was shocked’: Gillian, 47, told how she refused to accept to be paid half the amount as co-star David Duchovny for the latest run of the popular sci-fi series
Much-loved characters: David and Gillian as FBI Special Agents in The X Files
Not feeling blue: The Dana Scully actress looked sensational in a pale blue midi dress for her latest TV appearance
Panel assemble: Popular chat-show host Jonathan is joined by (from left to right) Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson, Marlon Wayans, David Baddiel and Carrie Underwood on the latest episode
Simply stunning: The award-winning actress cut a sensational figure in the form-flattering one-piece
She explained: ‘They haven’t come to us. I don’t know, it is again all about schedule… It’s about whether it matches up. If it matched up and a few other things were in place – we’re not getting any younger… All the boxes need to be ticked.’
Gillian also touched on the subject of plastic surgery and furiously shut down rumours she’s gone under the knife, admitting ‘I don’t give a f**k’.
The War and Peace star said: ‘I know it’s not true. But the fact is, it shaming. Let’s say that I had decided to, that’s my choice.’
On the future of The X Files, she explained: ‘They haven’t come to us. I don’t know, it is again all about schedule… It’s about whether it matches up. If it matched up and a few other things were in place – we’re not getting any younger… All the boxes need to be ticked’
Blonde bombshell: Singer Carrie Underwood looked gorgeous in a plunging black top, featuring a silver band
Poking fun at David’s appearance, she joked: ‘Of course David’s whole face has been done!’ laughed.
Host Jonathan is also joined by American screen star Glenn Close, comedian and writer David Baddiel and US actor Marlon Wayans on this week’s show.
The Jonathan Ross Show airs on ITV at 9.30pm on Saturday 12
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11 March 2016 | 12:41 am
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