Seems Like Emmy Rossum Was Pretty Awful To Work With, According To Shameless Co-Star Emma Kenney

We didn’t expect this Shameless tea today!

As you may know, the Showtime dramedy ran for 11 seasons, pursuit the Gallagher family and their misadventures in Chicago. Emmy Rossum, who played the eldest Gallagher sister Fiona, ditched without nine seasons, leaving the younger siblings — including Emma Kenney, aka Debbie Gallagher — to fend for themselves.

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Reflecting on the long-running series, which wrapped up older this year, the younger Gallagher sis told the Call Her Daddy podcast:

“We 100% felt like a family, and we still do. We had such a bonding experience.”

But while co-star Shanola Hampton was described as “so sweet” and gave Emma “such honest and empowering advice,” the same could NOT be said for her relationship with the Phantom of the Opera star. Instead, she ominously shared that Emmy was like a real sister to her, “in good and bad ways.”

The 22-year-old explained:

“We were both so young, I was obviously a lot younger. There were times when she would try to be a good influence and then there were times where she would be blatantly giving me bad…not the weightier advice.”

She added:

“Maybe she was struggling with her own inner problems and taking it out on other people. But we all handle situations differently.”


The Connors star didn’t reveal much, but she let on unbearable to make Emmy sound like a bit of a diva. She plane threw this subtle shade:

“Growing up I took note of — not just from her in particular — things I want to siphon on in my life and things I do not want to siphon on in my life.”

Asked if she felt like she was living in the older actress’ shadow while they worked together, Emma admitted:

“I felt that dynamic for sure and I never understood it. I was 9 and she was over 10 years older than me, so I’m like, ‘Why is there a weird competition here when I’m not trying to compete?’ I don’t know if it was other people on set creating that, or if it was her creating it, but I know I wasn’t creating it.”

Wow… competing with a child. Not a unconfined look. Things got largest once Fiona was written off the show, the young performer recalled:

“It was weird at first, for sure, but the set became a little bit increasingly of a positive place. I’m not gonna lie.”

She continued:

“I remember, pre her leaving I’d go to set some days and I’d be very yellow-eyed well-nigh having a scene with her. considering if she had a bad day, she made it a bad day for everyone.”

After all that, you might think there were still some nonflexible feelings. But Emma said:

“I have a lot of love for Emmy, I’ve known her for so long. We haven’t spoken in years, but that’s okay. I hope that she finds her happiness and I heard she had a victual and that’s trappy and I’m sure she’s going to be a lovely mother.”

Dang. That’s nice and all, but she just aired out a lot of drama! Emmy, meanwhile, had been publicly rival a pay raise during her last years on the series. For those who don’t remember, the actress wouldn’t renew her contract for season 8 unless she was stuff paid MORE than co-star William H. Macy. She had supposedly been underpaid for years as one of the leads, and in 2018, she was finally awarded her lucrative contract. Is that why things were so tense on set?

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Well, if you’re wondering how the new momma feels well-nigh all this, a source told E! News that she’s “planning to reach out to Emma privately” well-nigh the situation. The insider dished:

“This is not how Emmy remembers their work relationship and friendship. She’s really surprised and disappointed well-nigh this as it’s not the way she remembers her time spent on set and expressly with Emma.”

Oh boy. We wonder if this is the last we’ll hear on the issue. Will the floodgates be opened for negative Emmy Rossum stories? Or will she be worldly-wise to make up with Emma and smooth things over? Only time will tell!

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Oct 14, 2021 09:04am PDT

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