Gillian Anderson Critical of X-Files' All-Male Writing Staff

Gillian Anderson Critical of X-Files' All-Male Writing Staff

Only six women have ever earned a writing credit on the show, and for a series that brought us goddess Gillian Anderson as the unbelievable Dana Scully, it felt like an absolute slap in the face to not bring on a single female writer.

The actress, who has played Agent Dana Scully on the hit supernatural Fox drama since it premiered in 1993, retweeted a Washington Post report that Season 11's writers room has only hired men, and then chimed in with another not-so-fun fact for female filmmakers.

The writers room for the latest batch of episodes, which will star Anderson and David Duchovny, includes series creator Chris Carter, Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan, James Wong, all of whom wrote episodes past year, and newcomers Gabe Rotter, Benjamin Van Allen and Brad Follmer. She directed and wrote the episode "All things" from season 7.

Actor Gillian Anderson - who will reprise her role as Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Dana Scully - also expressed her annoyance that the people who will be writing her dialogue in the next season are all male.

The 10-episode series is poised to air sometime during the 2017/18 season, and David previously admitted he has relished working with Gillian over the years. Last year, she told The Hollywood Reporter that producers initially wanted to pay her half of what they were planning to pay Duchovny, but she negotiated for an equal rate.

This response from Anderson, which received overwhelming approval from fans of the series, is on-trend with a burgeoning movement to include more female writers and directors for both television series and movies.

"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", Anderson told the Daily Beast previous year.

The X-Files was among the most popular shows of the 1990s and it even influenced a number subsequent series, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer.



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