In the midst of the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up, actress Emmy Rossum wants to open up the conversation in Hollywood about sex on screen.
The “Shameless” star tweeted yesterday calling on the guild (SAG-AFTRA) to review protocols for actors who perform scenes on film that simulate sex and contain nudity.
We also need to be discussing simulated sex, sexuality and nudity in our storytelling. There are guild protocols in place and contracts designed to protect actors, but we can do better. These are sensitive situations, especially for young actors looking for a break.
— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) January 11, 2018
Unlike most any other industry, actors and actresses do have to bring sex into the office and Rossum knows a thing or two about sexualization on screen. Fiona, the character she plays on Showtime’s hit “Shameless,” has frequent nude and sex scenes.
Many people responded to the star’s tweet trying to call her out for her engagement in sexuality on screen but other’s came to her defense, saying they missed the point.
to everyone throwing shade at shameless, she’s comfortable being nude on television (she directed her most recent nude scene) HOWEVER there are people pressured into it that aren’t comfortable and we need to talk about it more because it’s been a big issue
— makenzie 🌿🌻 (@makenziepppaige) January 11, 2018
For those of you calling her out because of past nude scenes, you don't get it.
— Blond Ambition (@BL0NDAMBITION) January 11, 2018
This isn’t the first time Rossum is standing up for issues in Hollywood. In 2016 she famously fought and won a higher salary than her co-star William H. Macy who was paid more than she was for the previous seasons of the show. In an interview with Vulture, Macy said, “who’s the center of the show? It’s Fiona. Of course she should get paid.”
Rossum’s plea to the guild, which is the labor union for workers across all types of media, falls in step with the rampant accusations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood.
Misconduct surrounding sex scenes in Hollywood may happen more than you think, as reported by The Blast last year, Harvey Weinstein was accused of engaging in sexual assault and harassment in a class action lawsuit under the auspices of casting sex scenes.
We’ve reached out to SAG-AFTRA for comment.