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Co-star Emma Kenney has revealed the truth on why Emmy Rossum left 'Shameless'. See what was really going on during the production of the series.

Is this the real reason why Emmy Rossum abandoned ‘Shameless’?

Showtime’s original series Shameless wrapped after eleven seasons on April 11th, 2021. The show’s final season, filmed & set during the COVID-19 pandemic, is now available on Netflix. The series finale provided closure for the characters & fans of the series. Yet there’s someone who’s notably not included.

Emmy Rossum left her role as Fiona Gallagher on Shameless after season nine. Fiona is given a fond farewell in being written off the show. The selfless member of the Gallagher family finally gets a chance to take care of herself. Rossum attributed her departure to a desire to pursue other creative avenues.

It seemed as if Emmy Rossum left Shameless on good terms. However, her relationship with cast-mates might not have been as amiable as some would like to think.

Emma Kenney tells all

In a recent interview with Spotify’s Call Her Daddy podcast, Rossum’s co-star Emma Kenney spilled the beans of what occurred on the Shameless set. Kenney played Debbie Gallagher, Rossum’s on-screen sibling. According to Kenney, her relationship with Rossum was like that of family.

In the interview, Kenney disclosed that Emmy Rossum was like a real sister “In good & bad ways.” Kenney said that those who worked on Shameless “100% felt like a family.” Yet every family has both positive & negative attributes. 

Kenney said that when Shameless began, she & Emmy Rossum “Were both so young.” Kenney admitted she was “Obviously a lot younger,” and Rossum would sometimes take advantage of this. Kenney continued by saying “There were times where she would try to be a good influence, and then there were times where she would be blatantly giving me not the best advice.”

According to Kenney, it seemed as if Emmy Rossum was handling “Her own inner problems.” Rossum’s toxic conduct on the set could have been “Her taking it out on other people,” Kenney thinks. When Emmy Rossum exited Shameless, Kenney recalls feeling that “The set became a little bit more of a positive place.”

Emmy Rossum after Shameless 

Despite belonging to the fictional Gallagher family, Emmy Rossum & Emma Kenney are estranged at the moment. However, Kenney still thinks fondly of Rossum & their time together on the Showtime series. In the Call Her Daddy interview, Kenney claims “I have a lot of love for her, and I hope that she finds her happiness.”

Even though Rossum claimed to be leaving Shameless work on other projects, she has only appeared in a few works since. While Emmy Rossum may be interested in acting more on film, she’s only had one movie credit since Shameless. In the 2019 Liam Neeson thriller Cold Pursuit, she plays a detective in a small Colorado town. 

With Emmy Rossum already having a commanding presence in television, perhaps she desires to work in different roles. In 2019 she appeared in an episode of the USA Network series Mr. Robot, yet was uncredited. However, Emmy Rossum may be pivoting away from acting in general.

Emmy Rossum the director & producer 

You may be surprised to learn that Emmy Rossum has already directed a few episodes of television series. In 2017 she directed an episode of the TNT show Animal Kingdom entitled “Broken Boards”. Additionally, she directed an episode of the Amazon Prime original series Modern Love called “So He Looked Like Dad. It Was Just Dinner, Right?” in 2019.

Rossum also seems as if she’s looking for more positions as a producer. In 2014 she executive produced the film Comet, which she starred in alongside Justin Long. She’s also listed as an executive producer on the upcoming series Angelyne, in which Rossum plays notorious 1980s singer & actress Angelyne. 

Hopefully, the rumors about Emmy Rossum’s on-set behavior don’t affect her career. We’re excited to see what she does next. What do you think about Emmy Rossum? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Those who speak about others they shared professional time with “After” the fact rather than during their actual time together is cowardly in my opinion.

    December 16, 2021

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