William H. Macy’s “Shameless” character, Frank Gallagher, is a scheming addict with an affinity for sex, fraud, and self-righteous monologues. He has six children who have learned to survive without him because he’s so unreliable. His oldest daughter Fiona, played by Emmy Rossum, has stepped up as the family matriarch. It’s a thankless job but someone has to do it.


In real life, Rossum is demanding pay equal to Macy’s for being the shows leading lady — Fiona is hardly a lady, but you get the idea — and Macy supports her.Production for the show’s eighth season is on hold while Rossuminsists she be paid more than Macy to make up for the seasons in which she earned significantly less than him.


When TMZ asked Macyabout Rossum’s contract dispute, Macy quoted some history on the Equal Rights Amendment and said it was “about time.” Macy insists that Rossum is his equal, “except [he’s] better looking.”


Good one, Frank.