“X Files” star Gillian Anderson lashed out at what she called “intolerable” sexism and said the pay disparity in Hollywood was “massive” when she started working on the popular show. Anderson opened up on the topic in an interview with Red magazine.
“At the beginning, the pay disparity was massive. But that happens all the time in Hollywood,” she said. “It’s, ‘Do this for me, I’ll get you a job.’ All the stuff in the papers today about people in entertainment who have abused their position …”
She added that it took her three years to earn the same salary as co-star David Duchovny.
Anderson added that sexism is “built into our society — it’s easy to miss and it’s easy to get used to it.” She added, “There are things that are intolerable in today’s world in terms of the perception of women. Whether they’re vamps or vixens, the expectation is that, if a woman is wearing a short skirt, she’s ‘asking for it.’”
Anderson will be seen in the BBC serial killer drama “The Fall,” which returns for its second season in November, the article notes.