January 22, 2016 03:40 PM

The truth – about sexism in Hollywood – is out there.

In a new interview, Gillian Anderson reveals that even in 2016, she had to fight for a wage equal to that of her male X-Files costar David Duchovny.

That’s right: Anderson claims Fox initially only offered her half of Duchovny’s salary for the highly anticipated miniseries, which premieres this weekend.

“It was shocking to me, given all the work that I had done in the past to get us to be paid fairly. I worked really hard toward that and finally got somewhere with it,” Anderson tells The Daily Beast of picking up a battle from when the sci-fi series originally aired in the ’90s.

“Even in interviews in the last few years, people have said to me, ‘I can’t believe that happened, how did you feel about it, that is insane.’ And my response always was, ‘That was then, this is now.’ And then it happened again! I don’t even know what to say about it,” she adds. “It is … sad. It is sad.”

The gender wage gap became an especially hot topic last year, when Jennifer Lawrence penned a candid essay about learning to demand the same salary as male actors.

Fox did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

The X-Files premieres Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on Fox.

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