Emmy Rossum is a singer and an actress who has been in The Phantom of the Opera, The Day After Tomorrow, Mystic River, and the television show Shameless. She’s also been on a soap.
Along with being in films and TV shows, Rossum has made a career for herself in the music world. From where she was born and raised to her fight for equal pay, here are five fast facts about the actress.
Who Is Emmy Rossum?
Rossum was born on September 12 in New York City. She joined the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus when she was just 7 years old after singing “Happy Birthday” for her audition. She started taking acting classes at The New Actors Workshop and attended the Spence School in Manhattan before dropping out to pursue acting full-time. She eventually got her high school diploma after completing online courses and even attended Columbia University.
Rossum made her television debut in August 1997 as young Abigail Williams on As the World Turns — daughter of Molly Conlan (Lesli Kay) and Holden Snyder (Jon Hensley). She then went on to guest star on shows such as Law & Order and Snoops.
Fighting the Good Fight
Rossum was cast as Fiona Gallagher on Shameless in 2011 and made headlines in December 2016 when it was revealed she was in a contract dispute with the producers over her desire to receive an equal salary to that of co-star William H. Macy. She also requested back pay for the pay difference over the seven prior seasons. Rossum was willing to walk away from the show, but the dispute was resolved and she signed on for Season 8. Rossum eventually decided to leave the show after nine seasons.
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Music Done Her Way
Following her role in The Phantom of the Opera, Rossum was offered record deals to make classical albums, but she refused. Instead, she wanted to make more mainstream music that sounded like Annie Lennox. Rossum released her album, Inside Out, in 2007, and even released Christmas songs later that year. She released another album, called Sentimental Journey, on January 29, 2013.
Getting Personal With Emmy Rossum
Rossum married Justin Siegel on February 17, 2008. However, the couple split on September 25, 2009, and officially divorced on December 28, 2010. She then became engaged to writer and director Sam Esmail in August 2015, and the couple married on May 28, 2017.