Emmy Rossum has officially announced she wont’t be working as Fiona Gallagher in Shameless’s 10th series.
Emmy Rossum has been playing this role from last 9 series. Though the actress made no claims that her compensation affected the decision, her previous fight for equal pay has viewers questioning her reasoning for departing the show.
Rossum, on Facebook wrote a long post on Thursday. She said she’d be leaving the show that gave her “real connections, real friendships that bring us back season after season after season” and that her departure was “hard to put into words, feelings.”
The Phantom of the Opera star added, “See, in real life, unlike Fiona, I’m an only child. I never had a big family. Being ensconced in that messy Gallagher family love is something I’d always dreamed of. But even off set, it feels real. We’ve watched the kids grow up into the strong, talented, independent human beings that they are.”
She appreciated her role,Fions, in the series.
“layered and dynamic … fierce, flawed and sexually liberated,” before concluding, “I know you will continue on without me, for now. There is much more Gallagher story to be told. I will always be rooting for my family. Try not to think of me as gone, just think of me as moving down the block.”
Back in 2016, Rossum famously went head-to-head with the show’s producers over her salary, which forced the network, Showtime, to delay renewal of the eighth season.
Emmy Rossum is the show’s female lead, but was paid less than her male counterpart, William H. Macy, who plays Fiona’s absentee father, Frank. For the new season, Rossum wanted to make more than him to compensate for seven years of lower paychecks.