‘X Files’ Star Rips ‘Intolerable’ Sexism

Oct 2, 2014  •  Post A Comment

“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.

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  1. “X-Files star”? How long ago was that? 10 years I figure, and that’s her crowning achievement? So if she wanted more money, why didn’t she kick it upstairs and ask Fox? Murdoch has lots of cash lying around…he’s good for it. Why did it take 10 years after the show’s demise for her to start howling about “intolerable sexism”?

    Methinks she doth complain too much.

  2. Who is her agent they did a crappy job representing her didn’t she agree to work for whatever she was offered she didn’t do her homework to know what the others were making this isn’t sexism she’s a dope and is blaming it on sexism to hide her stupidity

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