Newswire: Shameless star Emmy Rossum wants to be the highest-paid person on Shameless

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Showtime’s Shameless generally operates as an ensemble show, but one that nevertheless has a pretty clearly defined lead: Emmy Rossum’s Fiona, the forced matriarch of the reckless Gallagher brood. Despite her frequent failings, Fiona is the moral center of the show, working to keep her father Frank, played by Emmy winner William H. Macy, from fully pulling her siblings into his world of debauchery and low-rent con-man shenanigans.

Now, Rossum is asking for financial recognition of her status as the show’s linchpin, with Variety reporting that the actress is currently renegotiating her contract for a salary equal to Macy’s—plus extra, in recognition of the many years during which she was paid considerably less than her male co-star. Rossum has reportedly been offered the same paycheck that Macy—who was the show’s biggest name by far back when it debuted back in 2011—is currently ...