Emmy Rossum has a new interview with Manhattan Magazine in which she discusses her initial audition process for her role on ‘Shameless’.
She says that the producers initially didn’t want to audition her because she was too glamorous and pretty, saying, “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 managed to win them over by sending a tape of herself to them, and then four auditions later, she had the job.
She also talks about being different to her character on Shameless, saying, “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.”
Of course, it wasn’t always easy sailing – initially, Rossum went through trial and error with a series of big budget movies that seemed like a safe bet: Poseidon, Day After Tomorrow, Phantom of the Opera. When talking about it, she says, “I did Poseidon, thinking a big ensemble would feel safe. I talked myself into projects and relationships that weren’t always right for me. [But now] If the milk doesn’t smell good, don’t drink it. It can be that simple.”