The negotiations have played a factor in Showtime not yet announcing a pick-up for Shameless, which serves as one of their longest-running and most popular series. As an Oscar nominee with an extensive body of work, Macy had started off with a higher original quote, and Rossum, the series' breakout star, is now catching up with him. Rossum tweeted Wednesday, days after The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported that she was holding out for equal pay with fellow star William H. Macy - and more - after years of being paid less than her male counterpart.
"So your co-star Emmy Rossum is locked in a contract dispute with Warner Brothers demanding equal pay". Here's hoping Showtime makes the right decision and pays Rossum what she has so clearly earned. By revealing her struggle for appropriate pay to the media and fans, Rossum made it clear she was not going to back down, and her boldness is inspiring. In fact, some sources are claiming that Rossum is now taking the position that she should be paid more than Macy after years of being paid far less than her Emmy nominated co-star. Television for the new series but requesting that she be paid more per episode than Macy because she deserved back pay. "About f-king time, don't you think?" he asked. While the network could either offer her a raise or choose to cancel the series, according to Variety, they do not plan to continue the series without her and are confident they will reach a "satisfactory" conclusion. Rossum's victory brings women one step closer to closing the gap by finding the confidence to negotiate for the salary they deserve. "She deserves everything, ' he said, adding that the only thing he had over her was 'I'm better looking".