Shameless Star Emma Kenney Explains Positive Work Environment After Emmy Rossums Exit

Kenney, who played Deborah ‘Debbie’ Gallagher on the Showtime series, gets candid about her experience working with Rossum on the series, recalling that the latter made her ‘anxious’ on set.

AceShowbizEmmy Rossum‘s exit from “Shameless” brought positive changes on the set, according to Emma Kenney. Kenney, who played Deborah “Debbie” Gallagher on the Showtime series, got candid about her experience working with Rossum on the series.

In an interview on “Call Her Daddy” podcast, Kenney shared that Rossum, who played her character’s sister Fiona Gallagher, was like an actual sister both “in good and bad ways.” She explained, “I was obviously a lot younger,” she explained. “There were times when she would try to be a good influence and then there were times where she would be blatantly giving me bad…not the best advice.”

“Maybe she was struggling with her own inner problems and taking it out on other people,” Kenney went on to say about Rossum without detailing what exactly that “The Day After Tomorrow” star told her. Kenney also added that through watching Rossum and others, she learned the “things I want to carry on in my life and things I do not want to carry on in my life.”

The “Roseanne” alum went on to note that there seemed to be a “weird competition” between herself and Rossum. “I don’t know if it was other people on set creating that or if it was her creating that, but I know I wasn’t creating it,” she said.

Things, however, changed following Rossum’s departure from the series. “It was weird at first, for sure, but the set became a little bit more of a positive place. I’m not gonna lie,” Kenney said. “I remember, pre 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 everyone.”

Still, Kenney shared that she has “a lot of love” for Emmy. “We haven’t spoken in years, but that’s okay,” she divulged. “I hope that she finds her happiness and I heard she had a baby and that’s beautiful and I’m sure she’s going to be a lovely mother.”

As for her other co-stars, Kenney shared she often asked Shanola Hampton, who played Veronica Fisher, for advice. “[She] would give me such honest and empowering advice,” Kenney said of Hampton, whom she described “so sweet.”

Meanwhile, Rossum allegedly is “planning to reach out to Emma privately” after the interview. “This is not how Emmy remembers their work relationship and friendship,” a source claimed. “She’s really surprised and disappointed about this as it’s not the way she remembers her time spent on set and especially with Emma.”

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