‘Shameless’ Star Emmy Rossum Almost Didn’t Land the Role of Fiona: ‘I Had to Fight for This Job’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Although it’s laborious to think about anybody apart from the gifted Emmy Rossum portraying Fiona, the matriarch of the Gallagher clan in American darkish comedy adaptation of Shameless, the actress admitted she virtually didn’t land the breakout position.

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Emmy Rossum as Fiona Gallagher on ‘Shameless’

Nearly 10 years in the past, the New York-born actress landed the position of the main character, Fiona Gallagher. Because her mom deserted the household attributable to habit and psychological well being, and her dysfunctional alcoholic father is unable to offer, Fiona turned the appearing matriarch to her 5 youthful siblings on the age of 16.

Despite residing in lower than ultimate circumstances, Fiona labored laborious and supplied for her household. Even although they didn’t all the time agree with Fiona, her youthful siblings trusted her and relied on her for assist.

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As her brothers and sisters received older, she started venturing out on her personal and ultimately moved out of the Gallagher residence. Even although she made just a few unhealthy actual property investments, one paid off as an investor purchased her out for $100,000.

After breaking apart along with her dishonest boyfriend and leaving half the cash for her household, Fiona left the South Side on the finish of Season 9 for good.

Emmy Rossum virtually didn’t land the position

In an interview with Showtime, the community that airs Shameless, Emmy Rossum talked about her expertise auditioning for the position of Fiona and different life adventures, together with her first time driving the New York subway.

Rossum described her character as a younger girl who tries to “create a feeling of love and support for her family” with out having a “good model” for reference.

Even although the actress portrays the resilient character to perfection, so properly many argue she ought to have acquired an Emmy nomination, she admitted she needed to “fight for the job.”

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According to Rossum, all the opposite present regulars had been solid earlier than her because the folks behind the scenes initially didn’t imagine she was “right” for the position. Therefore, it was a “do or die situation,” and Rossum finally landed the position.

She additionally instructed a joke about her auditioning course of during which the actress “wore the same thing to every audition.” After the third time, the director requested if she owned every other garments, and Rossum “got all actor-y about it.”

Emmy Rossum after ‘Shameless’

After departing from her Shameless household after 9 seasons, the actress began working behind the digicam and directed Episode 6 of Amazon’s Modern Love starring Julia Garner (Ozark) and Shea Whigham (Fast & Furious).

Additionally, Rossum introduced her manufacturing firm, Composition 8, and signed a first-look deal to develop unique scripted content material for Universal Content Productions (UCP).

She and her husband, Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, have teamed up with Baum and The Hollywood Reporter to adapt an investigative characteristic on the mysterious Los Angeles billboard mannequin, Angelyne.

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The upcoming collection was set to launch in April 2020 on NBC’s new streaming service, Peacock, however they needed to abandon manufacturing because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown.

Shameless showrunner John Wells mentioned he desires Rossum to reprise her position of Fiona for the 11th and ultimate season, which appeared like a risk on the time.

However, since manufacturing for each exhibits are delayed indefinitely, it might imply the actress won’t have the ability to return to the collection for one final hurrah.

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