You don’t need to watch all seven seasons of Showtime’s hit Shameless to know that Emmy Rossum, who plays the oldest sister Fiona Gallagher, is an outstanding actress.
Over the years, we’ve watched Fiona Gallagher grow as a person with her dysfunctional family. Fiona is the moral center of the Gallagher family, and the show.
With the season finale coming December 8th, Emmy Rossum has demanded the same salary as her co-star William H. Macy, who plays her alcoholic father Frank.
In the last week, rumors spread of the show possibly going on without Rossum for an eighth season if Warner Brothers Television did not come to an agreement.
Like many women in Hollywood who know their worth, Emmy Rossum is simply asking for what she deserves.
When Macy asked for a raise he received it with no questions asked. Macy is 100% on Rossum’s side and believes she deserves it,
“She works as hard as I do, she deserves everything.”
According to Eonline, on Wednesday, Emmy Rossum announced that she had resolved her contract issues with WBTV. She was ecstatic on twitter tweeting the following:
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
This is not the first time we’ve seen hard working actresses get paid less than their male co- stars. Jennifer Lawrence has strongly expressed her thoughts on equal pay.
After the Sony hack, and subsequent salary reveal, Lawrence said that she was more angry at herself than at Sony for not speaking up about it sooner.
“Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves. If anything, I’m sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share.”
The wrap compiled a list of 7 actresses who demanded equal pay in 2016. Women on the list include Viola Davis from Suicide Squad, Robin Wright from the House of Cards, and Emma Stone. Davis told Mashable,
“I believe in equal pay, first of all. I’m sorry, if a woman does the same job as a man, she should be paid the same amount of money. She just should. That’s just the way the world should work. What are you telling your daughter when she grows up? ‘You’ve got to just understand that you’re a girl. You have a vagina, so that’s not as valuable.’ What are you telling her?”
If a woman is doing the same work as her male co-star, why shouldn’t she be paid the same too? Hopefully, as more actresses demand equal pay, Hollywood will change their archaic pay standards.