William H. Macy: 'It's hard to be a man these days - I think a lot of us feel like we're under attack'
William H. Macy thinks it is "hard to be a man" these days.
The 'Shameless' star - who has daughters Sophia, 17, and Georgia, 15, with wife Felicity Huffman - can understand why guys may feel "under attack" in the wake of the Time's Up movement, which aims to fight gender inequality and sexual misconduct in the workplace, but thinks it is important to keep talking and to understand the best way to support women in the current climate.
Speaking backstage at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, where he picked up Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series, he said: "It's hard to be a man these days.
"I think a lot of us feel like we're under attack and feel like we need to apologise. Perhaps we do. Perhaps we are. But we'll keep talking
"We had a meeting, a bunch of guys got together under the auspices of Time's Up. And that's good for men. Men don't talk enough, and they don't talk to other men. And we And the 67-year-old actor is "proud" of the changes already made in Hollywood in the wake of the recent sexual misconduct scandal.
He said: "On one hand, in what we do for a living, we’ve got to be free to speak the unspeakable and try things, so I hope it doesn’t throw a wet blanket on things, and I don’t believe it will because half of the business is women and they’re smart and they’re hip.
"I have two daughters, and I feel girls are ascendant, and I’m thrilled for them. It’s a good time to be a girl. And I’m proud of this business, because such things as safety in the workplace — I think that’s done. We’re not going back. It’s changed. It changed in an instant and it’s not going back."
But William - who famously publicly supported his 'Shameless' co-star Emmy Rossum in her negotiations to be paid more than him - warned it will take time for true equality to be achieved.
He told 'Entertainment Tonight': "It's clear right now that people, the predators in our business, they're gonna get fired. They'll get fired really quickly.
"I think safety in the workplace is something that we can do now, instantaneously.
"When it comes to 50/50, it's going to take time. It's inevitable that it's going to happen and the pay equality, it's happening. I'm really proud to be in this business, because I think showbiz will move with dispatch.
"I don't think it's just a wave and everything's going to go back to the way it was. I think these are permanent and good changes. I have two daughters and I'm so happy for them. It's a good time to be a girl."