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Emmy Rossum — Shamless, Sonorous

Emmy Rossum
"I think I kind of came out of the womb singing."
Full name: Emmanuelle Grey Rossum
DOB: September 12, 1986
Place of birth: New York, USA
Occupation: Actress, Musician

Emmy Rossum facts

  • Emmy is an actress - you might have seen her in the US version of Shameless or The Day After Tomorrow.

  • Her name is short for Emmanuelle, by the way, not just a mis-spelling of Emily.

  • She's wheat-intolerant, so don't go making her a birthday cake, because she won't be able to eat it.


Why we love Emmy Rossum

How many keys can you sing Happy Birthday in? One? Two? Three at the most? Emmy Rossum could sing it in all twelve – count 'em, twelve – keys, at the age of seven years old. We didn't even know that there were twelve keys, but then again, we don't really know much about music. But it's still a staggeringly impressive fact.

Emmy Rossum can, indeed sing like nobody's business. But that's not why you've heard of her, we'd imagine – instead, it's probably because she's been in a bunch of films. Having spent years performing onstage as part of 20 operas in 6 different languages, at the age of 12 she started taking acting lessons and, after appearing on a variety of TV shows (Law and Order, some American soap opera called As The World Turns) and in a bunch of movies (including Clint Eastwood's Mystic River) she got her breakthrough role in 2004 Eco-disaster flick The Day After Tomorrow.

Turns out the only disaster bigger than the destruction of the world was, ironically, The Day After Tomorrow (doh ho ho!) but Emmy didn't let that slow her down. She's stayed in films and theatre (appearing in stuff like Romeo and Juliet - she played Juliet, of course - Poseidon and Dragonball, of all things), appeared alongside William H Macy in the US version of council estate drama Shameless and even released her own album of pop music. But, you know, half-decent pop music. Like Coldplay used to make, before Chris Martin went all Bono.

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