Back in 2016, Rossum held out during her Shameless contract renegotiation until the network paid her the same salary as Macy. Despite the fact that both actors had the same billing as leads on Shameless, Macy reportedly made more money than his female co-star had in the show’s previous seven seasons. During contract discussions for Season 8, Rossum asked Showtime that she be compensated more than Macy to make up for the years she was paid less than him.
Back in December 2016, Macy spoke out about his co-star’s salary negotiations, telling TMZ, “They wrote the Equal Rights Amendment in 1927. It didn’t get passed by both Houses of Congress until 1972. It still hasn’t been approved by all the states … It’s about fucking time, don’t you think?”