Emma Kenney Says That Emmy Rossum Leaving “Shameless” Made The Set More “Positive”
Emmy Rossum may have been the Lea Michele of the show Shameless as her co-star on the series, Emma Kenney, said on a podcast that once Emmy left the show in 2019 the set became a lot more “positive.” But did Emmy ever threaten to shit in someone’s wig, or..
Back in 2016, the fate of Shameless was put on hold when Emmy refused to return to the show over pay disparity with fellow lead William H. Macy. Emmy played Fiona Gallagher–the eldest daughter who kept her family together–and William starred as Frank Gallagher–the screw-up drunk father who did nothing beneficial at all for the family. Ahead of the show’s eighth season, Emmy reportedly let the producers know that she should get paid more than William H. Macy because she’s a co-lead and was paid less than him for seven seasons. Both sides were able to reach a deal because Emmy returned for the eighth season but left after season nine. The show then went on for two more seasons without.
Emma Kenney played middle-child Debbie Gallagher on Shameless from start to finish. And in an interview on the Call Her Daddy podcast, she talked about working with Emmy and said that she was like an actual sister but “in good and bad ways.” Did Emmy steal Emma’s clothes? Probably a lot worse, actually, via E! News:
“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 best advice… Maybe she was struggling with her own inner problems and taking it out on other people.”
Emma added that through watching Emmy and others she’s learned the “things I want to carry on in my life and things I do not want to carry on in my life.” The star noted that she used to feel like there was a “weird competition” between herself and Emmy… adding, “I don’t know if it was other people on set creating that or if it was her creating that, but I know I wasn’t creating it.”
As a result, Emmy’s departure from the series impacted the set environment, according to Emma. As she put it, “It was weird at first, for sure, but the set became a little bit more of a positive place. I’m not gonna lie.”
“I remember, pre her leaving I’d go to set some days and I’d be very anxious about having a scene with her,” Emma explained, “because if she had a bad day, she made it a bad day for everyone.” Despite these encounters, Emma said she has “a lot of love” for Emmy. “We haven’t spoken in years, but that’s okay,” she shared. “I hope that she finds her happiness and I heard she had a baby and that’s beautiful and I’m sure she’s going to be a lovely mother.”
But Emma pointed out Shanola Hampton, who played Fiona’s best friend, Veronica Fisher, was “so sweet” and “would give me such honest and empowering advice.”
As for how Emmy feels about Emma calling her out, a source says that she’s “planning to reach out to Emma privately” because “this is not how Emmy remembers their work relationship and friendship. She’s really surprised and disappointed about this as it’s not the way she remembers her time spent on set and especially with Emma.”
To be fair, it’s been a few years since Emmy was on Shameless, she could have grown since then. After all, she played angelic cosmic diamond goddess, Angelyne, in a biopic–that’s gotta change a woman! I’m sure Emmy has now mellowed into a sweet-voiced pink gem of an angel.