On Wednesday, during the Call Her Daddy podcast, the 22 years old actress Emma Kenney, who essayed Debbie Gallagher, the younger sister to Rossum’s, said that after her fellow star’s departure in 2019, the show set “became a little bit of a more positive place.”
While recalling the times of shooting with Rossum, 35, the young actress said, her and Rossum’s work dynamics were pretty much like a real-life sisterly relationship as in both “good and bad ways.”
“I was obviously a lot younger,” said Kenney. She added, “There were times when she would try to be a good influence, and then there were times where she would be blatantly giving me … not the best advice.”
She further explained, “Maybe she was struggling with her own inner problems and taking it out on other people,”
Rossum’s representative did not give an immediate response to any request for comments.
While explaining her relationship with Rossum, Kenney said, “I felt a weird competition between Rossum and me,” and added, “I don’t know if it was other people on set creating that or if it was her creating it, but I know I wasn’t creating it.”
When her co-star Rossum left the Shameless series, she “felt weird at first, for sure, but the set became a little bit of a more positive place.”
I remember before … her leaving, I’d go to set some days, and I’d be very anxious about having a scene with her because if she had a bad day, she made it a bad day for everybody,” said Kenney.
Even though Rossum’s departure did not negatively impact Kenney, she has “a lot of love” for her fellow actor. She said, “I’ve known her for so long. We haven’t spoken in years … but that’s okay,” Kenney said. “I hope that 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.” The shameless series is based on a dysfunctional family and continued for eleven seasons before finally coming to an end in April 2020.