Emmy Rossum Directs in a Towel, Perfectly Captures Being a Woman in Hollywood


At first glance, Emmy Rossum's latest Instagram post is funny: she's directing an episode of Shameless wearing a towel. But the more we think about it, the more we can't shake the feeling that it's actually a gut-wrenching glimpse at a woman's perpetual struggle to be taken seriously in Hollywood.

"When you're directing but also in a towel in the scene," Rossum wrote alongside a photo of herself sitting in a director's chair on the set of the Showtime hit half naked.


When you're directing but also in a towel in the scene.

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Rossum, 30, is the same multi-talented star who made headlines last year when she won equal pay after demanding to earn the same amount as her Shameless co-star William H. Macy. Yet here she is, still being subjected to Hollywood's sexist double standards—barely dressed yet smiling while she works her butt off.

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Shameless, which is currently filming its eighth season, stars Rossum as Fiona, the oldest daughter and unofficial matriarch of a dysfunctional family of six kids. In the show's seventh season, Rossum began working behind the camera, as well.

"As the time went on, the leadership role started to feel somewhat more shared," she explained during a Vulture Festival panel discussion in May. "I felt that I loved the show, that I loved everyone in it, but I just wanted it to feel right."

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Well, as her fellow female starlets know all too well, it's a long road. In the meantime, keep fighting the good fight, Emmy!


[MUSIC] [NOISE] What we're gonna do is start with a really nice smooth blowout, that way you're determining the texture rather than the hair determining the texture for you. Just take a section down the center back of your head there. Split it side to side. Generally easier to work off a center part through the back area. You take the first section diagonally, classic three strand braid. Nothing fancy. Okay. If you find your hair is a little slippery, try a little bit of hair spray, through and on your hands a little bit of hair spray. And it'll just stop those first sections slipping and coming undone. That's the most important one. Once that's locked and held. That first section there, the rest of the braid should go in very very easily. Don't be scared if they're uneven. Don't worry about it too much. I think when you're doing this, it'd be good if you have like a little mirror behind you. Right. Or a little handheld so you can watch yourself as you're going. So you can see it before you get the feeling of it. Mmhm. So at this point, we're not braiding into the head. We're just literally lifting off the head here, making your life easy. We're just using, a little non-slip elastic here, fasten the end. Now the question is to tuck, or to untuck. Exactly. [CROSSTALK] The Dumbo look. [INAUDIBLE] my specialty. I always think a little tuck. [INAUDIBLE] tuck. Tuck is pretty. [LAUGH] Dropping too much on the eyebrow here, we just give it a little lift there. Then you take the bobby pin, don't push it down, cuz it's gonna slide out. What you wanna do is you wanna put the bobby pin in, and you wanna push it against the grain of the hair. So back of the [INAUDIBLE] Exactly. [MUSIC] Run off the forehead and into the hairline. This is the part that's giveaway. This is what makes it look professional. And I think the thing to do is just run a little brush over the surfaces. Can you see all the little loose hairs that come out. Ya know, if it's too clean it's gonna end up looking a little too bridal. I think the thing to do is not be too, too precious about it. Don't try and get it exactly right the first time. Try different shapes. If you feel like too much forehead's showing, bring the braid down a little lower. In Emmy's case, you know, it came very easy on the forehead. We can kind of sit right on the hairline there. I have an easy forehead. [MUSIC] Alright. From catwalk to in style, let's go and take your picture.
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