Shameless’ Emma Kenney sues TV sister Emmy Rossum for making life miserable on set in candid interview
Shameless star Emma Kenney didn’t hold back when she talked about her former costar Emmy Rossum.
The actress, 22, said on the latest episode of the Call Her Daddy podcast that Rossum, 35, “terrified” her when she was on set.
She also told host Alex Cooper that Emmy could turn her “bad day” into anyone’s problem.
The Conners star even said the two hadn’t spoken to each other in years after Rossum left the show two seasons before the 2019 finale.
Toxic set: Shameless star Emma Kenney, 22, claimed costar Emmy Rossum, 35, made her “anxious” when she was on set, because she could turn her “bad day” into anyone’s problem; seen in June in NYC
Although Shameless, which is based on the British TV series of the same name, has an ensemble cast, Rossum and William H Macy had the lead roles.
Rossum and Kenney were both on the series’ first season, but the Phantom Of The Opera star departed after season nine, while Kenney continued with the show’s final two seasons.
While Kenney said the show’s set was initially “weird” once her costar left, she thought it eventually took on a more “positive” vibe without her.
According to her, Rossum’s negative moods could infect the rest of the cast and crew.
“It was definitely weird at first, but it was also… the set became a more positive place, I’m not going to lie,” she said. ‘I remember before’ [Rossum] if i left i would go filming for a few days and i would be really scared to have a scene with her because if she had a bad day she made it a bad day for everyone.”
A Rossum representative did not respond to a request for comment.
Drama on set: Kenney said the set got more positive after Rossum left in 2019; Rossum seen with William H Macy in a publicity still for Shameless
Emma added that the two felt somewhat like a “sister relationship,” although she said it was “in good and bad ways.”
She said Emmy would alternate between acting like a “good influence” and other times giving her “not the best advice.”
“Growing up, I definitely made a note of — not just her in particular — but people and things I want to continue in my life and things I don’t want to continue in my life,” she added.
Later, the TV star said that she and Rossum were no longer in a relationship.
“I have a lot of love for Emmy, I’ve known her for so long… we haven’t spoken in years, we’re not like… you know,” she explained.
“But that’s okay. I have a lot of love for her and I hope she finds her happiness,” she continued. “I’ve heard she’s had a baby and it’s wonderful and I’m sure she’ll be a lovely mother…so yes.”
Mixed bag: Kenney said she hadn’t spoken to Rossum in years and said the older star alternated between being a “good influence” and “not the best advice”; publicity still for 2011 Shameless with Steve Howey, Shanola Hampton, Cameron Monaghan, Ethan Cutkosty, Rossum, Macy, Kenney, Jeremy Allen White and Laura Wiggins
Emmy welcomed her daughter Samantha Esmail earlier this year with her husband Sam Esmail, the creator and director of Mr. Robot from USA.
Elsewhere in the interview, Kenney complained that there was a sense of competition between her and Rossum, although she wasn’t sure if Rossum was contributing to it or if others were fueling the rivalry.
“But I know I didn’t make it,” she added.
The actress also complimented her co-star Shanola Hampton for being like a “second mother” to her on set when she was younger.
Kenney was open about her trip to rehab in 2018 for drug and alcohol abuse, saying she was “grateful” for the early wake-up call.
“I’m glad I got it out of my system,” she said.
“But now I’m an adult, and it’s like theoretically I could do whatever I want, but I choose not to because I’m not interested in it.”
Moving on: Kenney currently plays the role of Darlene’s daughter, Sara Gilbert’s character, in the Roseanne sequel The Conners; seen in 2020 in Pasadena
She clarified that she still drank in moderation, but drugs were the main motivation for her rehabilitation period.
Even before the end of Shameless, Emma began starring in Roseanne Revival, which was later renamed The Conners after star Roseanne Barr was fired for making racist comments about Valerie Jarrett, a former senior adviser to the Obama administration.
Kenney plays Harris Conner-Healy, the daughter of Darlene Conner-Healy, played by Sara Gilbert.
Roseanne was killed off in the series while the rest of the cast continued.