Fact: Shameless is the best show currently on air.
Fact: The focus of the show has, since the beginning, been the eldest Gallagher child, Fiona, played brilliantly by Emmy Rossum.
Fact: The “big name” on the show, William H. Macy, has been nearly killed off twice, showing just how intricately his character Frank is involved in his children’s lives (hint: not really).
Fact: Through season seven, Macy still made more per episode than Rossum.
And that last fact, while true, is bullshit.
No one is watching Shameless to find out if everything turns out well for Frank. And while my heart will always belong to another Gallagher, even I can admit that Rossum is the star of the show. So how did this whole thing play out?
William H. Macy was the more recognizable star when the show started. Which makes sense since Macy was a 33-year screen veteran, and Rossum was a 25-year-old person. It’s harder to be the bigger name given those facts.
But as the show progressed, and moved away from the British original, the show’s focused moved to the kids, specifically to Fiona as the only person holding the family together. Eventually, Frank and his plots became tangential to the larger heart of the story. The show kicked ass.
But nobody bothered really addressing the fact that Macy is not the star of the show. So he continued making more per episode despite having less screen time than Rossum.
Now Rossum is getting hers.
In fact, she’s asking for pay parity for the run of the show with Macy. Meaning she wants more than him per episode going forward to make up for the years of getting short changed.
WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU FIND OUT YOU’VE BEEN GETTING DICKED OVER. NO ONE IS BEING AN ASSHOLE.
Fair. It should be noted, William H. Macy is completely supportive of Rossum’s demands.
Hopefully this can serve as a catalyst for the other cast members being able to demand pay parity for themselves. Cameron Monaghan, Emma Kenney, and Ethan Cutkosky were all kids when the show started, so I can’t imagine they had a lot of negotiating power. And Steve Howey and Shanola Hampton have become fan favorites. They should all negotiate together like some badasses.
But in the meantime, we’ll just enjoy Rossum standing up for herself.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter