Comedy Actress Roundtable: Emmy Rossum, America Ferrera on Pay Standoffs and Casting by Bikini

Serious talk from comedy stars — also including Pamela Adlon, Minnie Driver, Kathryn Hahn and Issa Rae — about being asked to audition in a two-piece swimsuit (“We want to see how tight your ass is”) and male nudity: “Get your balls out, boys!”

Emmy Rossum sat down at The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual Comedy Actress Roundtable in late April just waiting to be asked about her recent salary standoff. Only four months earlier, the Shameless star, 30, had fought for — and ultimately received — salary parity with co-star William H. Macy, and now she knew her move would be fodder for discussion. “I was wondering how many questions we were going to wait till you were going to bring this up,” she said, pointedly, when the issue finally was raised. The discussion that ensued, however,…

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