‘Shameless’ Was ‘More Positive’ After Emmy Rossum Left


Emma Kenney and Emmy Rossum.
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Shots fired! Shameless alum Emma Kenney opened up about Emmy Rossum‘s exit from the Showtime collection — particularly, how a lot better issues obtained on set as soon as she was gone.

Rossum, 35, left the drama in 2019 after 9 seasons of enjoying eldest sister Fiona Gallagher and her leaving “was weird at first for sure,” Kenney, 22, who performed her youthful sibling Debbie, stated on the “Call Her Daddy” podcast on Wednesday, October 13.

Emma Kenney and Emmy Rossum on ‘Shameless’.

However, “the set became more of a positive place,” The Connors alum continued. “I remember pre her leaving, I’d go to set some days and I’d be very anxious having a scene with her because if she had a bad day, she made it a bad day for everybody.”

When Rossum left the collection three years in the past, she posted an emotional Facebook message telling followers, “Try not to think of me as gone, just think of me as moving down the block.”

She additionally thanked the cast and crew, writing that working with them for thus a few years had “been a gift,” persevering with, “I can say for certain that this cast and crew, who I’ve been have truly honored to work alongside, are world class. I am proud and I’m filled with gratitude.”

The information of the Phantom of the Opera actress’ departure got here two years after she made headlines for demanding to be paid the identical as her Shameless costar William H. Macy. At the time, Variety reported that she had truly requested for extra money than Macy, 71, to “make up for previous seasons where she was making significantly less than him.”

Rossum finally settled the pay disparity, signing on for season 8 earlier than strolling away the next season. At the time, Macy informed a number of retailers that she deserved the identical pay.

Despite their difficulties on set, Kenney stated that after almost a decade of working collectively, she has “a lot of love for Emmy” and needs her the perfect.

“We haven’t spoken in years,” the New Yorker informed the podcast on Tuesday. “But that’s OK. … 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 secretly welcomed a child lady in May along with her husband of 4 years, Sam Esmail.

Shameless ended its 11 season run earlier this year after 134 episodes. Rossum didn’t return for the collection finale, which aired in April.