With the endless debate regarding the gender pay gap in Hollywood whirling above our heads, TV stalwart William H. Macy has now also delivered his personal opinion to the floor.
Following on from news that his #Shameless co-star #EmmyRossum is (shock horror!) demanding to be paid the same as him, Macy took the time out of his busy Christmas shopping schedule to offer his thoughts on the matter.
Speaking to TMZ, who approached him at The Grove, the actor put it bluntly:
“They wrote the Equal Rights Amendment in 1927, it didn’t get passed until 1972. It still hasn’t been approved by all the states. It’s about f--king time, don’t you think?”
In defense of Rossum, he then added:
"She works as hard as I do, she deserves everything."
Damn straight, she does! Check out both of them in action in the Shameless Season 7 trailer below:
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For those of you unaware of the salary stalemate that's currently occurring over at Showtime, here's a little update. Shameless is allegedly on hold at the moment while a contract renegotiation battle rages on between Rossum and the showrunners.
Earlier last week, The Hollywood Reporter announced that the 30-year-old actress was not only seeking salary parity with William H. Macy — who has been receiving a pretty package for his portrayal of the drunk and derelict dad in the show for years — but also that:
"She is taking the position she should be paid more per episode than Macy makes after years of earning much less than her Emmy-nominated co-star."
As it stands, it appears that Rossum isn't preparing to back out anytime soon. So, if Showtime want to continue with Season 8 of the highly-acclaimed dramedy, they better respect her totally justified wishes or cancel Shameless altogether, which — considering her weighty role as Fiona Gallagher in the show — quite frankly, is unlikely to happen.
And of course, this isn't the first time that private pay disputes have reached the surface of public debate in the industry. Notably, earlier this year, #HouseOfCards star Robin Wright went full on Claire Underwood on Netflix and threatened to kick up a storm in the open if she didn't get parity with co-star and co-executive producer Kevin Spacey. In May, she said:
"There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are in House of Cards. I was looking at the statistics and Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time. So I capitalized on it. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public.’ And they did.”
Well, let's just hope Showtime pays up soon for Rossum's sake (and for every other woman's sake in the industry for that matter) – it's the only fair way to go!