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.
By offering her the same salary as Macy, this person says the network and studio are “clearly acknowledging her importance to the show” and how her role has evolved into a crucial part over the years. “It hasn’t even been contemplated doing the show without her,” adds the source.
Rossum’s salary dispute comes at a time when equal pay has become a prominent conversation in the industry, led by actresses like Patricia Arquette and Jennifer Lawrence.
At the time “Shameless” premiered, Macy, 66, was arguably more well-known than Rossum, 30. Though the actress was coming off of films like “The Day After Tomorrow” and “Phantom of the Opera” for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe, Macy had already won multiple Emmys, plus had an Oscar nomination, Golden Globe and SAG nominations.
For his work on “Shameless,” Macy has been nominated for three Emmys, a Golden Globe, and won a SAG Award. Rossum has been nominated for two Critics Choice Awards, but never an Emmy, SAG Award or Golden Globe. Awards recognition typically helps actors to negotiate a pay raise.
Rossum has renegotiated her salary since “Shameless” debuted. An insider says she got a significant increase from her original deal several seasons ago, as did Macy. Macy recently closed a new deal for the potential eighth season — the same deal that is now being offered to Rossum.
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.
On Thursday, June 15, The Hollywood Reporter published a round table discussion in which comedians Emmy Rossum, America Ferrera, Pamela Adlon, Minnie Driver, Issa Rae, and Kathryn Hahn talked about what it’s like to be women in Hollywood.
Among many other topics, Rossum discussed her recent experience fighting for equal pay while working on Showtime’s Shameless.
Rossum said ,“To have the man counterpart on my show be like, ‘Yes, she does deserve this and more’ was so validating. And after it became public, it was a quick resolution.”
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?”