Showtime Star Says Show Became “More Positive” After This Co-Star Quit

It sounds prefer it’s been a bumpy journey for this actor on a long-running Showtime sequence. In a brand new interview, Shameless star Emma Kenney talked about working with former co-star Emmy Rossum and their relationship, which was apparently stuffed with highs and lows. Kenney and Rossum performed sisters on the long-running sequence for eight years, till Rossum left the present in 2019 after the ninth season. The present then concluded earlier this year after its eleventh season.

In an interview on the podcast Call Her Daddy, Kenney mentioned that she and Rossum had a sisterly relationship “in good and bad ways.” The 22-year-old went on to share extra about her time working with the older actor, together with how she generally felt anxious round her and why the set felt “more positive” after Rossum walked away. Read on to see what Kenney needed to say.

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When Kenney was requested on the podcast whether or not it felt like she had a sibling relationship with Rossum, she mentioned, “One hundred percent—in good and bad ways, to be honest.” Kenney continued, “We were both so young. I was obviously a lot younger.” When Shameless premiered, Kenney was 11 and Rossum was 24. Rossum performed Fiona, the oldest sibling of the Gallagher household, whereas Kenney performed Debbie, one of many youthful family members.

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Emma Kenney at the ABC Winter TCA Party in January 2020
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“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,” Kenney mentioned on the podcast. “Maybe she was struggling with her own inner problems and taking it out on other people, but we all handle situations differently.”

Kenney additionally mentioned that being across the older actors on set, Rossum included, confirmed her “things I want to carry on in my life and things I do not want to carry on in my life.”

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Emmy Rossum at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards
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Kenney was additionally requested if she felt like there was a competitiveness between herself and Rossum. “I felt that dynamic for sure,” she mentioned, “and I never understood it because I was nine and she was over 10 years older than me. So I was 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 trying to create that or if it was her creating it, but I know I wasn’t creating it.”

Emmy Rossum and Emma Kenney in
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Kenney filmed the ultimate two seasons of the present with out Rossum, which she mentioned modified the way in which issues felt on set. “It was weird at first, for sure, but the set became a little more of a positive place, I’m not going to 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 because if she had a bad day, she made it a bad day for everybody.”

Still, she described Rossum’s departure as “bittersweet.” She defined, “I had known her for so long. And I have a lot of love for Emmy … We haven’t spoken in years. But that’s OK, I have a lot of love for her. I hope she finds her happiness. I heard she had a baby and that’s beautiful. I’m sure she’s going to be a lovely mother.” Rossum welcomed a baby along with her husband, Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, earlier this year.

Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Emma Kenney, John Wells, and William H. Macy at PaleyFest Fall TV Previews Los Angeles in 2017
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When Rossum introduced she was leaving the present in 2019, she mirrored on her time along with her cast-mates in a Facebook post. “See, in real life, unlike Fiona, I’m an only child,” she wrote. “I never had a big family. Being ensconced in that messy Gallagher family love is something I’d always dreamed of. But even off set, it feels real. We’ve watched the kids grow up into the strong, talented, independent human beings that they are. I taught Emma to shave her legs. I was there when Ethan [Cutkosky] learned to drive.”

She additionally wished Kenney a happy birthday on Instagram in 2018. “Happy birthday, little cupcake,” she wrote. “This is one of the first pictures of us together. It’s been a privilege to know you for almost a decade. You are a talented classy strong bad*** virgo woman!”

Best Life reached out to a rep for Rossum relating to Kenney’s interview, however has not but obtained a response.

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