Emma Kenney speaks shamelessly to Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum, Emma Kenney, Shameless

Sibling relationships are complicated, and it seems that when you play siblings in a TV series, they can be even more complicated in reality. Emma Kenney and Emmy Rossum played sisters in the popular Showtime series Shameless, and while Kenney says they “100% felt like a family, and we still do,” there seem to be hints that she and Rossum disagreed a bit.

Kenney, who played Debbie Gallagher and is now 22, chatted on Call her dad podcast about her experiences in the newly wrapped series and her relationship with Rossum, who played her sister, Fiona Gallagher. Kenney reflected on their relationship by saying it was a sibling “In good and bad ways” and that was when she became a little more detailed:

“We were both so young, I was obviously much younger. There were times when she would try to have a good influence, and then there were times when she would obviously give me … not the best advice. Maybe she was struggling with her own inner problems and taking it out on other people. But we handle all situations differently. ”

Kenney went on to say: “When I was growing up, I didn’t just pay attention to her especially things I want to carry on in my life and things I don’t want to continue with.” Kenney was then asked if she felt she was living in Rossum’s shadow on the series, and Kenney’s response was even more telling:

“I definitely felt that dynamic, and I never understood it. I was 9 and she was over 10 years older than me, so I say, ‘Why is there a weird competition here when I’m not trying to compete?’ I do not know if it was other people who were creating it or if it was her who created it, but I know I did not create it. ”

Rossum went Shameless in 2018 ahead of the show’s final season, and Kenney says that when she left, “The set became a little more of a positive place.” She went on to say, “I remember that before she left, I would go to party some days and I would be very anxious to have a scene with her, because if she had a bad day, she made it a bad day for everyone. “

When Kenney was asked where the relationship stands today, the actor said they are not in touch. That said, she expressed love for her former co-star by saying, “I have great love for Emmy, I have known her for so long. We haven’t spoken in years … but it’s ok. I have a lot of love for her and I hope she finds happiness. ” At the time of writing, Rossum has not commented on Kenney’s appearance on the podcast.

Shameless running on Showtime from 2011-2021 and broadcast 140 episodes. The show was an adaptation of Paul Abbot’s British series of the same name and that followed the poor, dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy), a negligent single father of six. The series also starred Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Jeremy Allen White and Cameron Monaghan.

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