Emmy Rossum is so ‘pretty’ & ‘glamorous’ she had trouble scoring an audition

Emmy Rossum

I’m reading Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes right now, which is kind of pathethic because the book’s been out since 1996, and it’s taken me this long to get around to reading McCourt’s rather hilarious take on a poverty-filled Irish Catholic childhood spent at the mercy of an alcoholic father who often spent his paycheck at the pubs. Anyway, I’ve never seen Showtime’s “Shameless,” but the show’s description on the network website seems quite familiar (and like an updated, Americanized version) relative to McCourt’s book. But I could be wrong.

Emmy Rossum, star of Shameless (along with William H. Macy), covers the latest issue of Manhattan magazine in a series of glittering dresses and backdrops. The last time Kaiser wrote about Emmy, she made the hilarious observation that Emmy stood out quite a bit in a one of these things is not like the other” sense in regard to the show’s trailer. Indeed, Emmy says she had trouble from the very beginning with the show’s producers, who refused to grant her an audition because she was too glamorous for the role of the Gallagher family’s eldest daughter, Fiona. Here are the relevant excerpts from Emmy’s interview:

Emmy Rossum

She was so pretty she couldn’t get in the door: “They didn’t want to see me; they wouldn’t even [let me] audition, They thought my image too glamorous, that I couldn’t not be pretty.” She sent a tape of herself in character to the producers, and they were so impressed that she “flew out the next day” to meet them. Three auditions later, Rossum had the part, opposite William H. Macy — and let loose a string of expletives when she found out, which “only seemed to confirm [their] decision.”

She’s very different than Fiona: “I don’t let anything send me into a tailspin. I never have; it’s not in my nature. Fiona is very sexually liberated. She’s also a loudmouth, and there’s safety in that. But I’m not the sex-on-the-first-date kind of girl.”

[From Manhattan magazine]

Certainly, it’s easy to take Emmy’s words out of context and twist things around to make it seem like she’s complaining about being pretty and polished in real life, but obviously (at least from the stills I’ve seen), she has to undergo a pretty regimented makeunder while shooting the series. So what she says makes sense here.

Now how about this photoshoot? Emmy is certainly working the glamour in these slinky dresses, and the wind machine isn’t exactly working overtime. This luxury magazine shoot seems like a clear case of counterprogramming towards Shameless, but Emmy looks like she’s having a lot of fun with it.

Emmy Rossum

Photos courtesy of Manhattan magazine

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  1. Macy Gray says:

    You will always and forever be known as the one girl in the bad musical movie. Go away.

  2. Cam S says:

    She is very beautiful. I thought her career would have taken off more than it has by now. But I haven’t really been following her steadily. Maybe she is enormously popular?

  3. bros says:

    agree she is saccharine and annoying. UK version of shameless is 100x better.

  4. Samigirl says:

    I have always thought she was stunning. I love her, and I love shameless.

    • V4Real says:

      If it wasn’t for the headline I wouldn’t have recognized her. She looks too made up and not like herself. I don’t mean in a bad way; she looks pretty here but not like herself. I too, have always found her beautiful, not your typical Hollywood beautiful but it’s something about her looks that I like. I feel the same about Rose Byrne, I think she is a classic beauty.

  5. Lucija says:

    She looks like Eva Green on the cover. She is quite amazing as Fiona on Shameless. I haven’t seen the UK version though, so I can’t compare.

  6. Word says:

    I thought I was gonna read some really arsinine comment about how she can’t get a job due to her great & extreme beauty *side eye to Scarlett Jo & Jessica Biel* I like Emmy & wish she had gotten Anne’s part in Le Miz

  7. La Calabaza says:

    I saw Shameless first season and she was amazing.

    Emmy is beautiful. Everyone compares Keira Knightley to Natalie Portman or Winona Ryder but Emmy is her dead ringer. Both beautiful and classy.

  8. NerdMomma says:

    I remember seeing her in the movie version of Phantom of the Opera- she has quite a lovely voice.

  9. Bored suburbanhousewife says:

    I used to dislike her but now I love her because she is so great on Shameless, one of my very favorite shows going today (after Breaking Bad & Homeland).

    Given her beauty I always thought it odd she went out wi such ugly men when she has co starred with hot guys like pre port a potty Gerald Butler and that adorable Justin Chatwin. Anyone notice Justin and Aaron Paul look separated at birth? Is it the blue eyes?

  10. Jennika says:

    I hope Lainey comments on this story!

    If you ever want a laugh, read all her entys on Emmy Rossum, she hates her and her rants about her are hilarious!

    And I don’t think she’s that pretty

    • mln76 says:

      She even uses ‘Rossum’ as an adjective randomly to diss other celebrities…
      Still Lainey is sort of bizarrely obsessed with GOOP so she should maybe step back.(Talk about someone who has become a punchline).
      I’ve seen her in Shameless and she honestly is pretty good (albiet I haven’t seen the original version).

      • Tawmie says:

        Agreed. While her personality can be a bit sweet, she kicks ass in Shameless. I wonder if Lainey has ever even seen Shameless? Emmy more than holds up against Macy and the rest of the cast. And I can see what she was saying about being too glamorous. Had I not know what a stellar job she does with the character, she would not have been someone I thought to cast in such a rough a round the edges character.

      • Amanda says:

        I have to admit that I do like her on Shameless, but having read and seen way too many interviews with her, she seems to be extremely conceited. She was in TV a movie years ago called “Genius” with Yannick Bisson, a Canadian actor who I adore, and even back then she seemed to have an arrogance (not just confidence) about her (she was a tween at the time). I just can’t stand it when attractive people talk about how their looks are actually detrimental to their careers (another example: Halle Berry). Do you they really believe that they are so beautiful or is it insecurity that is making them overcompensate? I’m sure it depends on the individual, but it’s really a turn-off and can make the most physically attractive person seem hideous.

  11. L says:

    I’ve always though of Emmy Rossum as Lea Michele 1.0. Both broadway stars, both excellent singing voices, both huge divas.

    That cover is a photoshop nightmare. They’ve taken away her cheekbones, narrowed her whole head, and done something weird to her chin.

    This is what she normally looks like.

  12. anneesezz says:

    Yes, that’s the problem with Hollywood, they don’t like beautiful young girls. B*tch, please.

  13. Jess says:

    She was talking about playing Fiona on Shameless, which she’s wonderful in btw. Fiona makes Kristen Stewart look clean. They smudge makeup under her eyes and mess up her hair and play around with her complexion, and still she’s breathtaking in the show. Emmy is super pretty, like Khaleesi pretty playing a street rat in the South Side of Chicago. It wasn’t the most obvious casting, but she’s great.

  14. epiphany says:

    ‘I’m too beautiful to land a job’ – isn’t this Jessica Biel’s M.O.?
    What’s next Emmy – dating a womanizing pop singer?

  15. Christina says:

    If you watch the show and know the character of Fiona, you would understand her comments in regards to the casting agents thinking she is too glamorous or pretty for the part. The actress who plays the character in the original UK version is certainly not ugly, but she is no where near as beautiful as Emmy Rossum. So, taken in context of what she was referring to, it makes perfect sense. She was not saying she cannot get any parts because she is too beautiful, she was only talking about this particular part. She is very stunning and even as Fiona, her beauty is undeniable. She is fantastic in the show, everyone is. It is a great show, with laughs, tears and a lot of heart. Sure, it is also filthy and wrong plenty of the time, but that is also what makes it so entertaining! I don’t understand the Emmy Rossum hate out there at all. She is a very low key actress, she barely appears in the gossip mags/blogs, she is a good actress, gorgeous and she has a lovely singing voice. If you watch her when she does appear on talk shows, etc, she seems like a nice person. What is not to like? Maybe people are jealous?? I don’t know…

  16. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    This reminds me of when Rooney Mara had just accepted the role for GWTDT and everyone was like, ‘wait, her? No way, after Noomi Rapace..’ Then she shocked the socks off everyone…I kind of like that underdog the proves them self.

  17. Hautie says:

    Seriously. I was looking at the pictures and thought they were of Rachel Weisz.

    And kept thinking to myself… I had no idea she (Rachel Weisz) was doing a American TV show. hahahaha!

    Now that I took time to really read the article… I also realize I have no idea who Emmy Rossum might be… :)

    Then I looked at her IMDB page. And realize I have never seen anything she has been in. I only pay for HBO and Starz. So I have not seen Shameless.

  18. Evelyn says:

    I watched an interview with her when she talked about how she got on the show and she was really funny about it. She said something like “I wore a tanktop, jeans and old converse to every interview, and after awhile they asked me if I had any other clothes”
    But I LOVE shameless, it’s a really great show. Her and William h. Macy are really good

  19. novaraen says:

    She’s gorgeous…and while I don’t follow the show Shameless…I have seen an episode or two and she was really good.

  20. Shayna says:

    The UK version of Shameless is brilliant. And who can resist a young James McAvoy?! I havent seen the US version yet…but the UK version is stellar. Watch it!

  21. Melanie says:

    I think she does a great job on Shameless. I’ve always thought she was pretty on the show but I don’t see anything wrong with that. People living in poverty can be beautiful too.

  22. ann h says:

    She’s really pretty. Hope she never dyes her hair blond like so many of the actresses do like the girl that played “Donna” on That 70′s show.

  23. Stacia says:

    I only know her from “The Phanton of the Opera’ and “The Day after Tomorrow” and “shameless”

    I watched Shameless at the urging of a coworker and I liked it at first. But after watching Season One, I found the show very depressing to watch, so I stopped. I think it is a good show, but I guess the daily trials that the characters go through with the alki-dad and the flawed neighbors, boyfriends and siblings was too much to take on a weekly basis.

  24. lisa2 says:

    I have to admit that I have not seen the show. But I don’t get the thing that because you come from a certain background that you would not be attractive. Beauty is not based on money or whatever. I could see that her looks would matter, but they shouldn’t with the character. She could be beautiful but not put together. I don’t know if I’m explaining my meaning.

    I don’t know much about her so can’t comment on her attitude or whatever.

  25. Jimjam says:

    You all are idiots. You disliked her (for no reason) now since you saw her on tv you love her? And she did that movie with gay gylenhall. There is nothing better about uk tv. Lets be real. Our shows are better. You cant even understand most brits, have you tried watching geordie shore? Brits are boring