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Emmy Rossum signs on for another season of Shameless after equal pay standoff

Posted by on 18/07/2018

Emmy Rossum will be returning to the cast of Shameless, after reportedly holding off renewing her contract until she received the same pay as her male co-star.

Rossum, who has been playing Fiona Gallagher on the show since it first aired in 2009, was delaying production on the series due to not wanting to sign a contract which would see her, once again, be paid less than her male co-star, William H Macy, the Hollywood Reporter published last week.

However, a jubilant tweet from the star on Wednesday night revealed she had signed on for the show’s eighth season, prompting speculation that she must have received the pay increase she requested.

“Playing Fiona Gallagher has been one of the great privileges of my life,” she tweeted. “I’m so happy to continue w my SHAMELESS family! Back to work in May!” Playing Fiona Gallagher has been one of the great privileges of my life. I’m so happy to continue w my SHAMELESS family!Back to work in May!— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) December 14, 2016

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Macy has “always” been paid more than the rest of the cast, with a salary “in the upper echelons of cable dramas”.

The publication reported that, in addition to having her salary matched to Macy’s, she was also requesting backpay, to make up for him having been paid more than her for the show’s first seven seasons.

It comes after House of Cards actress Robin Wright revealed she had demanded to be paid the same as her male co-star Kevin Spacey earlier this year.

Speaking at a Rockefeller Foundation function in May, Wright said she made her pitch on the basis of their characters having similar screentime, and her Claire Underwood even being more popular than her husband, Frank (played by Spacey).

“I was looking at statistics and Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time. So I capitalised on that moment. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public,'” Wright said, according to theHuffington Post. “And they did.”

Fairfax Media

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