Actor William H. Macy
has an odd link to his co-stars in new TV comedy series Shameless
- he once babysat them for their parents.
star recalls looking after Joan Cusack
and Jeremy Piven
when they were kids in Chicago, Illinois.
The actor befriended Byrne Piven
and Dick Cusack
, who were fellow regulars in the Chicago theatre scene, where he co-founded the St. Nicholas Theater Company with playwright and pal David Mamet
- and he still remembers babysitting their kids Jeremy and Joan.
He tells USA Today newspaper, "Jeremy was just a little kid," when he offered to babysit "because I needed the work".
And he admits that he and actress Cusack
enjoyed their racy scenes in Shameless
, even though her father would have been far from happy.
Macy adds, "That would have been an interesting conversation."
Macy also has another theatrical link to Piven - he replaced the star at short notice in Speed-The-Plow on Broadway after Piven fell ill with mercury poisoning.