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Emmy Rossum Wins ‘Shameless’ Pay Dispute

Emmy Rossum just nabbed a major victory in the long haul fight for equal pay in Hollywood.

The “Shameless” star has been locked in a contract dispute with Showtime executives over the salary discrepancy between herself and co-star William H. Macy. Rossum was asking not only for a raise, but to make more than Macy, as retroactive pay for earning significantly less than the actor over the show’s seven seasons.

The issue seems to have been resolved because Rossum took to Twitter today to announce her return to the hit series.

“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!” the actress wrote.

While Macy began the series as the show’s most high profile star, Rossum, who starred in all 84 episodes, quickly received critical recognition, nabbing three Critic Choice Awards nods for her role.

Thea Glassman is an Associate Editor at the Forward. Reach her at or on Twitter at @theakglassman.




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