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Answers by Gillian Anderson, author and actress, The X-Files, The Fall, and Hannibal, on Quora:

A: Well ... the material keeps me motivated. Getting to work with talented people keeps me motivated. It's the only thing I know how to do to keep a roof over mine and my kids' heads. That's a pretty basic and universal motivation!

A: Well I guess on the one hand it means we can't get away with anything in public anymore! It also means there's greater outreach to fans, which can only be positive given its the fans who dictate ultimately whether we are hirable or not! I don't tend to share personal photos (I'm not on Instagram, so I haven't really taken a serious leap into that world). I did start tweeting more when we began filming the new X-Files series. Fans old and new showed their appreciation for those tidbits of insider information. I get that. And I get the desire to be included in something outside of one's own experience. But I'm still not ready to share pictures of my porridge, children, or buttocks.

A: There has been a lot of great conversation this past year and I'm sure that people are sitting up and listening due to the high profile of those that are speaking up. Will it make a difference? Will more films directed by and starring women get made? Will women naturally be paid equally for equal work without having to make an issue if it? Will we be able to continue to speak openly about what's not fair or not working for us without being told to stop whining or shamed into silence? Only time will tell. Women as we know are great at creating and at getting on with the work at hand. Hopefully this open discussion will inspire women in all fields to continue to build platforms for ourselves to get on with what we do best.

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