Emmy Rossum is saying goodbye to “Shameless”, and she’s got no regrets about it.
The actress, who played Fiona Gallagher on the series for nine seasons, spoke to Shape magazine about her decision to leave the show.
RELATED: Emmy Rossum Announces She’s Leaving ‘Shameless’: ‘It’s A Hard Thing To Put Into Words’
“I made 110 episodes playing the character of Fiona, and it’s been an incredible journey,” she says. “I’ve learned a lot about myself as a person and as an actor. I want to leave the show while I still love it, and I know the door is open to come back if that feels right.”
It’s not just her performance on “Shameless” that Rossum looks back on with pride.
“I’m also extremely proud of what I was able to accomplish off-screen, with my negotiation for equal pay and the effect that had on other women in the industry and in general,” she says of her successful fight in 2016 to be paid as much as her co-star William H. Macy.
RELATED: Shanola Hampton Addresses Emmy Rossum’s ‘Shameless’ Exit: ‘This Is Such A Great Time For Her’
Now, though, it’s all about the future, and Rossum is excited for all the opportunities she has in store.
“The way I look at it is that the end of one thing is the beginning of something else,” the 32-year-old says. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to spend time writing, directing, and seeing what other characters I want to play. It’s both scary and wonderful.”