Chicago (GREED) – As the popular Showtime series Shameless resumes filming, Greed Media takes a deeper look at actress and songstress, Emmy Rossum. After a lengthy salary dispute, Season 8 started filming last week, and it’s got a lot of people excited and wondering what crazy trouble the Gallagher family will get into this time around. We’ve watched Rossum, who plays main character Fiona, really grow into her part as seasons passed. Women revere her resilience and determination. I mean hey, if she can get through everything life throws at her within a single episode, surely we can get through our own hardships, right? As it turns out, the actress herself is as headstrong as her character. Rossum demanded equal pay (in addition to back-pay of the difference over the last 7 seasons) to her costar, William H. Macy, who also plays a major role in the show as Fiona’s father, Frank.
Despite such glowing admiration from Shameless fans, and those of us who have watched her appear in movies such as The Day After Tomorrow, there is one interesting fact about Emmy Rossum most aren’t aware of. She sings, and she’s been singing long before Shameless or her many other movie and television roles throughout her acting career. She notes some of her biggest influences being Madonna, Cher, Barbra Streisand, and Dolly Parton.
Emmy’s interest in singing flourished when she was accepted into the Metropolitan Opera. From the ages of 7 until she was about 12, Rossum performed in over 20 operas in six different languages. In 2004 at the age of 18, Emmy’s vocal performance was beautifully mesmerizing while playing the role of Christine Daaé in Phantom of the Opera. In the summer of 2009, she joined Counting Crows, Augustana, and Michael Franti & Spearhead as a special guest in a number of performances during the “Traveling Circus and Medicine Show” tour.
Rossum has a total of three albums. Her latest, Sentimental Journey, was released in 2013 and hit number one on the US Billboard Charts Top Jazz Albums. This album is composed of a number classic cover songs spanning from the ‘20s to through the ‘60s. She designates each song to correspond lyrically or emotionally to each particular month of the year.
In a September 2006 interview with Glamour Magazine, Emmy mentions being inspired to make her first album, which she wrote herself, because of her frustration with listening to the radio and the lack of emotional honesty in the music she heard. With her busy acting career, it’s no surprise we haven’t heard an album from Emmy Rossum in four years. Let’s hope that four year span just means that she is that much closer to creating yet another musical work of art. In addition to her array of talents in the entertainment industry, Emmy’s unwavering demand for equality alone makes her one hell of a badass. We should definitely keep an eye out for what’s to come from Rossum because it’s sure to be amazing.
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