'Shameless' Star Emmy Rossum Reacts to Her Equal Pay Dispute Going Public

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"Even as recently as a year ago, my agent called me and was like, 'I'm so embarrassed to make this call, but there's a big movie, and they're gonna offer it to you", Rossum explained. They really love your work on [Shameless]. But the director wants you to come into his office in a bikini. "There's no audition. That's all you have to do, '" Emmy tells The Hollywood Reporter.

For one of the first times since the deal was first signed on the bottom line, Emmy Rossum is speaking out about her Shameless season 8 negotiations and subsequent pay raise - which were certainly well-deserved, and something that effectively should have happened without much in the way of drama. "That was basically the question".

Driver noted that "I actually have a real problem with women being called "unlikable" because you never hear that about a man".

She admitted that for a moment she considered doing it; not wanting to jump to conclusions, she ask to be sent the script to see why it was important for the character to strip down.

While she's appeared nude in "Shameless", Rossum recently recalled a situation when she was asked to show up to a director's office in a bikini for a role, even though the movie didn't call for it.

"Not naked in the movie", Rossum reiterated.

"'We really love your work, but we just want to see how tight your ass is, '" the actress quipped. "Last time I checked, I'm not a f-king model".

The actress claimed that a slimy Tinseltown bigwig asked her to "audition" in a bikini - but she refused. She refused, but says that same director then also used a childish analogy to get Adlon to maturely kiss a male child actor on the film: "He said to me, 'An apple is an apple, a plum is a plum".

Though Rossum eventually passed on the experience, it made her worry about all the younger, lower-profile actresses who are still scrapping for roles and would have likely taken the bikini meeting. "She would do it", Rossum said. But becoming a famous actress doesn't shield one from the grip of sexism-a fact Rossum was reminded of when she was recently asked to sign on for an unnamed big movie.

"I don't pretend to know anybody else's motivations, nor do I really care, because in the end, [everything turned] out just fine".

During The Hollywood Reporter's comedy actress roundtable, Emmy said strangers are constantly accusing her of accidentally overdosing a baby with cocaine, something her character Fiona did earlier in the series.

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