5 Questions With … Emmy Rossum of “Shameless”

Kellie Freeze

Showtime’s Shameless is currently airing its sixth season, and the Gallagher clan is as messed up as ever. At the end of Season 5, Emmy Rossum’s character, Fiona, was a newlywed — and newly dumped — who had confessed her unrequited love to her boss. In addition to those issues, she has to contend with the exploits of her deadbeat dad, Frank (played by William H. Macy). Rossum revealed that she stores up a lot of emotion before her character unleashes one of her signature tirades against Frank, saying, “I feel like I save up everything that happens in my life and don’t process it until I work, and then I deal with it all.” Rossum also shared fun details about herself when she answered our “5 Questions” …

1. If your TV carried just three shows or networks, what would they be?
Showtime, of course. And then I would watch reality competition shows — like Survivor — which I consider “heavy drama.” Then I would probably have some period piece in there.

 2. What are three things you have to have in your fridge or pantry?
String cheese, watermelon and eggs. I know, it’s very strange.

 3. Tell us about a time when you were starstruck.
I was starstruck when I met Bill Clinton. I was a kid and he was president. I was also starstruck last year when I met Barack Obama. So usually, it’s just presidents.

4. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
An astronaut! I’m a huge nerd and I know that’s not sexy or exciting. I was a big fan of Buzz Aldrin. Actually, I was starstruck when I met him, too!

5. Do you have a go-to karaoke song?
Yup, I do opera. I do Italian opera, in Italian. I like to wait until super late in the night, when everyone’s really wasted, and then I’ll sing whatever Italian aria they have, like “O mio babbino caro” — they always have that at karaoke. And I do that and that pretty much closes the night. Mic drop, check please.

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