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Emmy Rossum

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Film and tv actress who also became referred to as Fiona Gallagher within the Showtime series Shameless. She was nominated for an MTV Film Award for Greatest Breakthrough Performance on her behalf role in YOUR DAY After Tomorrow and in addition made an appearance in Mystic River as well as the Phantom from the Opera. She joined up with New York’s Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus at age group seven. Also a vocalist, she released her debut recording, Inside Out, in 2007. She was wedded to Justin Siegel from 2008 to 2010. She got involved to movie director and screenwriter Sam Esmail in 2015. She co-starred in YOUR DAY After Tomorrow in 2004 with Jake Gyllenhaal.

Quick Facts


Full Name Emmy Rossum
Date Of Birth September 12, 1986
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.73 m
Profession TV Actress
Education Stanford University, Spence School, Columbia University
Nationality American
Spouse Sam Esmail, Justin Siegel
Parents Cheryl Rossum
Awards BFCA Critics' Choice Award for Best Young Actress
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance, People's Choice Award for Favorite Premium Cable TV Actress, Young Hollywood Award for Standout Performance by a Young Actor - Female, Young Hollywood Award for Style Icon, MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance - Female, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Movies The Phantom of the Opera, The Day After Tomorrow, Beautiful Creatures, You're Not You, Mystic River, Poseidon, Dragonball Evolution, Songcatcher, Before I Disappear, Comet, Passionada, The Audrey Hepburn Story, An American Rhapsody, It Had to Be You, Dare, Nola, Happy Now, Genius, Inside, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, Grace & Glorie
TV Shows Shameless, A Will of Their Own, Snoops, Only Love, Beautiful Creatures: Extras
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#Fact
1Worked with Justin Chatwin on both Dragonball: Evolution (2009) as characters who are friends and then in Shameless (2011-2015) as lovers.
2Engaged to Sam Esmail [September 1, 2015].
3[September 2014] In a relationship with Sam Esmail.
4Currently taking classes at Columbia University in the City of New York [December 2004]
5Manhattan, NY [March 2011]
6Currently a spokesperson with a series of public service announcements for "Pinkitude.com", a breast cancer awareness website. [January 2009]
7Currently filming Dare (2009), a full-feature film from the Short Film of the same name (can be seen on "Logo"). [May 2008]
8Her father has English and Dutch ancestry. Her mother's family is Russian Jewish.
9Was ranked #48 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 of 2010 list.
10Best friends with Leighton Meester, the actress and budding singer.
11Is very close friends with singer/actress Ashlee Simpson.
12Studied acting with Flo Salant Greenberg of the Actor's Workshop in New York City for several years.
13Used to be a vegetarian.
14Her favorite opera is "Carmen".
15She is a fan of Audrey Hepburn. She played the teenage Hepburn in The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000).
16Her favorite designer is Ralph Lauren.
17Cousin is Cecilia Becker, daughter of world-famous designer Vera Wang.
18Currently recording a pop album for Geffen Records [April 2006]
19Hobbies include reading, horseback riding, and ballet.
20Attending Columbia University.
21Her favorite actors are Sean Penn (her Mystic River (2003) co-star) and Miranda Richardson (her The Phantom of the Opera (2004) co-star).
22Is an only child.
23Has celiac disease, an autoimmune disease in which the body can't tolerate any foods containing gluten or wheat.
24She obtained her high school diploma online via a Stanford University program.
25Won Best Young Actress in 2004 Critic's Choice Awards
26In preparation for her role in The Phantom of the Opera (2004), she attended a séance at the Spiritualist Association of Great Britian, where a medium talked to her about her late grandmother.
27Took cooking classes at Le Cordon Bleu in London.
28Her father is a banker and her mother is a corporate photographer.
29Made her stage debut at seven years of age (she sang "Happy Birthday" for her audition) at the New York Metropolitan Opera. She made $5 a night singing with the children's choir. According to her, "There were horses onstage that were getting $150".
30Had never seen the stage version of The Phantom of the Opera (2004) prior to filming the screen version.
31Has appeared in 20 different operas singing in five languages.
32Attended the Spence School in Manhattan, an elite private girls' school that was also attended by Gwyneth Paltrow and Kerry Washington.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Futile & Stupid Gesture2017post-productionKathryn Walker
Shameless2011-2016TV SeriesFiona Gallagher
You're Not You2014Bec
Comet2014Kimberly
Before I Disappear2014Maggie
Beautiful Creatures2013Ridley Duchannes
Inside2011TV SeriesChristina Perasso
Dare2009Alexa Walker
Dragonball: Evolution2009Bulma
Poseidon2006Jennifer Ramsey
The Phantom of the Opera2004Christine
The Day After Tomorrow2004Laura Chapman
Mystic River2003Katie Markum
Nola2003Nola
Passionada2002Vicky Amonte
The Practice2001TV SeriesAllison Ellison
Happy Now2001Jenny Thomas / Nicky Trent
An American Rhapsody2001Sheila - at 15
The Audrey Hepburn Story2000TV MovieYoung Audrey Hepburn (ages 12-16)
It Had to Be You2000Young Girl
Songcatcher2000Deladis Slocumb
Genius1999TV MovieClaire Addison
Snoops1999TV SeriesCaroline Beels
Grace & Glorie1998TV MovieLuanne
A Will of Their Own1998TV Mini-SeriesSarah (10 yrs.)
Only Love1998TV MovieLily
Law & Order1997TV SeriesAlison Martin
As the World Turns1956TV SeriesAbigail Williams #1 (1999)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
You're Not You2014performer: "Falling Forward" / writer: "Falling Forward"
Yooryung2012TV Series performer: "The Phantom of the Opera"
Shameless2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance CanadaTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
The Phantom of the Opera2004performer: "Think of Me", "Angel of Music", "Little Lotte", "The Mirror Angel of Music-Reprise", "The Phantom of the Opera", "Why Have You Brought Me Here?", "Raoul I've Been There", "All I Ask of You", "All I Ask of You Reprise", "Masquerade", "Journey To the Cemetery", "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again", "Wandering Child", "We Have All Been Blind", "Don Juan", "The Point of No Return", "Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer", "I Remember/Stranger Than You Dreamt It"
Nola2003performer: "Street of Dreams", "Don't Break My Heart"
Songcatcher2000performer: "Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies", "The Ballad of Barbara Allen", "Lord Randall", "Matty Groves", "Sally Goodin", "The Two Sisters", "When Love Is New"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Comet2014executive producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shameless2016TV Series 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Closing Time2010/IShort special thanks
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont2005special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards2016TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards2016TV MovieHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael2012-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - Guest Co-Host
All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration2015TV MovieHerself
Today2014-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Late Late Show with James Corden2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The View2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
30th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards2015TV Special documentaryHerself - Presenter
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Male Actor in a Drama Series
Shameless: Season 4, Being Gallagher2014Video shortHerself
Shameless: Season 4, Shameless Neighbors2014Video shortHerself
Larry King Now2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Talk2012-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Fox's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular2014TV MovieHerself
The Insider2014TV SeriesHerself
The Doctors2014TV SeriesHerself
American Music Awards 20142014TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Top Chef2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest Diner / Actress, Shameless
Project Runway2013-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
Made in Hollywood2013-2014TV SeriesHerself
Extra2014TV SeriesHerself - You're Not You
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself - You're Not You
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards2014TV SpecialHerself
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables2014TV SeriesHerself
The 68th Annual Tony Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Les Misérables
Chelsea Lately2011-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Conan2011-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
David Blaine: Real or Magic2013TV MovieHerself
2013 Billboard Music Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Rachael Ray2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Katie2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Tavis Smiley2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live2012-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Good Morning America2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Hollywood Fast Lane2013TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2005-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Cribs2013TV SeriesHerself
18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2013TV SpecialHerself
Shameless: The Complicated Life of Fiona Gallagher2012Video shortHerself
Shameless Season 3 Sneak Peek: Even More Shameless2012Video shortHerself
The Ghetto Girl and the Car Thief: A Shameless Actor Discussion2012Video shortHerself
Anderson Live2012TV SeriesHerself
Comic Con 2012 Live2012TV MovieHerself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Watch What Happens: Live2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Rosie Show2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Rove LA2012TV SeriesHerself
Bringing Shameless to America2011Video shortHerself
Shameless: A Shameless Discussion About Sex2011Video shortHerself
Shameless: Bringing the Fun to Dysfunctional2011Video shortHerself
Access Hollywood Live2011TV SeriesHerself
Lopez Tonight2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Last Call with Carson Daly2009-2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Attack of the Show!2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Early Show2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
25th Film Independent Spirit Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
Sundance Skippy2010DocumentaryHerself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2008-2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
I Love the New Millennium2008TV Mini-SeriesHerself
A Hollywood Christmas Celebration2007TV MovieHerself
Movies Rock2007TV MovieHerself
The Hills2007TV SeriesHerself
The Teen Choice Awards 20072007TV SpecialHerself
Spread TV2007TV SeriesHerself
E! Live from the Red Carpet2007TV SeriesHerself
Poseidon: A Ship on a Soundstage2006Video shortHerself
The Young Hollywood Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
HBO First Look2004-2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Rogue Waves2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter
The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter
2005 American Music Awards2005TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Corazón de...2005TV SeriesHerself
The 59th Annual Tony Awards2005TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Original Score
The Making of 'The Phantom of the Opera'2005Video documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The 77th Annual Academy Awards2005TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Song Nominee 'Learn to Be Lonely'
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards2005TV Special documentaryHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture [Musical or Comedy]
The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards2005TV Movie documentaryHerself - Winner
This Morning2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
4Pop2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Eye of the Storm: Filming 'The Day After Tomorrow'2004Video shortHerself
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2001TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista2012TV SeriesBulma
Fox and Friends2011TV SeriesHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014Avalon AwardCatalina Film Festival
2014Festival AwardNortheast Film Festival, USBest Supporting Actress in a Feature FilmBefore I Disappear (2014)
2009Breakthrough PerformerHamptons International Film FestivalRising StarsDare (2009)
2009Young Hollywood AwardSavannah Film Festival
2005Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Performance by a Younger ActorThe Phantom of the Opera (2004)
2005Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Young ActressThe Phantom of the Opera (2004)
2005Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActressThe Phantom of the Opera (2004)
2004NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABreakthrough Performance by an ActressThe Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Actress in a Comedy SeriesShameless (2011)
2014Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Lead ActressShameless (2011)
2014OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Comedy SeriesShameless (2011)
2014Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Series, Comedy or MusicalShameless (2011)
2014Young Hollywood AwardYoung Hollywood AwardsFan Favorite Actor - Female
2014Young Hollywood AwardYoung Hollywood AwardsYou're So Fancy
2012Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Actress in a Drama SeriesShameless (2011)
2012Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Lead ActressShameless (2011)
2012Prism AwardPrism AwardsPerformance in a Comedy SeriesShameless (2011)
2011IGN AwardIGN Summer Movie AwardsBest TV ActressShameless (2011)
2011OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Drama SeriesShameless (2011)
2005Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalThe Phantom of the Opera (2004)
2005Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsBreakthrough PerformanceThe Phantom of the Opera (2004)
2005MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBreakthrough FemaleThe Day After Tomorrow (2004)
2005OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Breakthrough Performance - FemaleThe Phantom of the Opera (2004)
2005OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Breakthrough PerformanceThe Phantom of the Opera (2004)
2005Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalThe Phantom of the Opera (2004)
2001Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Debut PerformanceSongcatcher (2000)
2000Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot - Supporting Young ActressGenius (1999)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleMystic River (2003)· Sean Penn
· Tim Robbins
· Kevin Bacon
· Laurence Fishburne
· Marcia Gay Harden
· Laura Linney
· Tom Guiry


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#Quote
1Men only need two things - grilled cheese and sex.
2[on if it appealed to her that the character of Fiona in _Shameless (2011)_ is not glamorous] Yes, it did appeal to me to have a character who isn't in the least vain. As an actor, your own personal vanity can be a massive pitfall in terms of making a character believable. I feel more in this character to have my shoulders hunched and be in tattered clothes and have my hair knotted than I do when I'm dolled up.
3[on if it it's a part of her career strategy to not be typecast as "a young hottie starlet"] ...actually don't think I have a strategy. I think in terms of instinct, if in my gut it feels like the right character, if I feel it's a story that needs to be told. Of course in retrospect it was an excellent idea to go do something that was not glamorous, because I think people did see me as princess-y after The Phantom of the Opera (2004) and Poseidon (2006) and big-budget movies. Looking back on it, if it was a strategy it would have been a really good one. It happened that I ended up emotionally attaching to a character that I was the right age for when they were casting it. This show [Shameless (2011)] had also been around for a couple of years. There was another incarnation of it at HBO with Woody Harrelson in the William H. Macy role, so I wouldn't have been the right age for it at that time. So much of Hollywood is luck.
4... I'm on a TV show, which I'm so lucky to be on. It pays my rent, so I don't need to make a ton of money on music, and music has always been my first love. I'm not in this business for fame or money. That's something I learned from being a kid at the Met. The kids weren't unionized. We made 25 bucks a night and there were horses onstage - no joke - that were making $800. So when you're valued, at least monetarily, less than a farm animal, you realize you're there because you really love it.
5I think of all my roles, I was best in Genius (1999).
6Sean Penn and Clint Eastwood have told me that I shouldn't feel that I need to be in the limelight or the spotlight all the time. A career is about longevity, as shown in their careers. So, I really want to only do the best things and work with the best people. That's what I strive to do.
7I like René Descartes' theory about a ball of wax. You can change its form from solid to liquid, but it's still the same ball of wax. With acting, you are the same person in a different form. You can only be what you know, and you only truly know yourself.
8[about kissing Patrick Wilson in The Phantom of the Opera (2004)] In this one scene, it took three days to shoot and it's the scene where my character passionately kisses her fiancé for the first time. It was so complex with the snow coming down that it took three days to shoot. By the end of the three days I'd kissed him so much that my lips had swollen up--so much that I had to use an ice pack in between takes. Hardship, I know!
9I'm convinced wearing those corsets for 14 hours at a time deformed me for life. I was 16 years old and still growing at the time of the shooting. I could barely breathe, and with Christine's intense emotions I hyperventilated and almost passed out. I think her name is Christine for a reason. She is Christ-like.
10I'm heavy on preparation . . . Some actors come to the set and don't know what scene they're playing, but that would make me crazy. It's not about control but perfectionism--my biggest vice and one of my biggest assets.
11The truth is, I probably didn't want to be friends with some of those girls [from prep school], because I found that a lot of their values were a little specious. Now, of course, all those girls are calling me and being like, "We should have lunch!" and I'm like, "Um . . . don't you remember how you didn't like me that much?"
12[regarding her visit to a psychic who told her some accurate things about her late grandmother] I'm a very rational person but I pray every day.
13[on her audition with Andrew Lloyd Webber for The Phantom of the Opera (2004)] He had the most magnificent apartment I had ever seen and I was floored by it. I went in and started vocalizing with the accompanist and Andrew walked in as we were preparing. He didn't say hello, didn't introduce himself, and just sat down in front of me and said, "Shall we?" I thought to myself it was my one shot so I had better just stand up and do it, so I didn't introduce myself, I nodded to the accompanist and I did the two biggest numbers in the show. Then he stood up and said, "That was great. I'm Andrew."


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