David: When The X Files began, we never expected such a global response to the universal, spiritual yearning for the truth that is out there.
Gillian: What David is trying to say is, “who knew the show would be such a hit?”
David: See? They talk about that chemistry, there it is right there.
Gillian: Yeah. I felt it.
-49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1997
The golden days of the Golden Globes.
I have been so blessed to portray such a phenomenal woman as Dana Scully. She has taught me about strength and self-worth and personal power. In early episodes, when I was called upon to address large groups of male FBI agents with authority and self assurance, I felt so scared and weak that my voice would come out high-pitched and shaky. But the more I “acted as if” I was self-assured, the more I felt powerful. And believe it or not, it can be that simple.
"Acting as if" is sometimes all it takes to empower oneself, and I have learned to carry this into other areas of my life. When meeting with high-powered directors and producers, or presenting an award at an award ceremony, or doing a talk show; I act as if I am a strong, capable, worthy woman of power. And the more I do this, the more people listen to what I have to say and value my opinion.
- GA, Girl Boss foreword.
'I said,”This isn't working for me anymore”. I made a stand and the gap in our pay closed. Was it sexism? Maybe. It's like the way we were directed by the studios, I was to walk behind him, never side by side. I mean, that is f—-ing priceless when I think about it now. When we would get out of the car and walk towards the house I would have to be behind him, even though I had equal dialogue.'
- Gillian Anderson
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny at the 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards, 1998