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Gillian Anderson Thinks 'The X-Files' Should Hire More Women Behind The Camera

Dana Scully would not approve.

The X-Files created one of the greatest female television characters of all time in FBI Agent Dana Scully. Unfortunately, the Fox series hasn't been as great for women behind the camera. 

TV Line recently reported that the show's eleventh season — the second season of its revival — will have an all-male writing staff. The show's creator Chris Carter will be joined by series veterans Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, and James Wong, as well as a few newer names.

Many fans were disappointed that not a single female writer made the cut, and star Gillian Anderson agreed. On Thursday, the actress tweeted a link to an article about the controversy, and pointed out that it's not just the writers' room that's been male-dominated over the years.

"And 2 out of 207 eps directed by women," she wrote. "I too look forward to the day when the numbers are different. #TheFutureisFemale."


One of the show's female directors was actually Anderson herself. She wrote and directed the episode "All Things," which focused on Scully. Some fans wondered if Anderson would be willing to get back in the director's chair for another episode this season.

The Gold Derby also suggestedthat the show bring back Michelle MacLaren, one of the original directors. Anderson agreed, and added a few other names to the mix.

As Variety points out, this isn't the first time Anderson has stood up to the series on issues of sexism. She has also spoken out about having to negotiate to close the pay gap between her and co-star David Duchovny — on both the original run and the revival.

And she's not the only actress speaking out about the way her franchise treats women. Michelle Rodriguez recently threatened to leave the Fast & Furious films if the next installment didn't "show some love" to the women of the series. 

It's not clear what the future of The X-Files is after the upcoming season, but we wonder if Anderson would take the same approach. After all, what is The X-Files without Scully?

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