Emmy Rossum, who plays Fiona Gallagher on the Showtime series “Shameless,” has announced that she will be leaving the show to the dismay of loyal “Shameless” fans.
It’s a hard thing to put into words, feelings. But I’m going to try, she wrote on Instagram with link to her full story on Facebook.
“This business is always an adventure, full of travel and opportunities to tell stories. Usually as an actor, every few months, you travel to a new place, start a new project, build a new character, learn new rhythms, new inside jokes with your crew, make new friends,” she began.
“Until “Shameless” came into my life 8 years ago, I led that kind of transient wonderful life of an actor. And I never realized how much I actually craved the kind of continuity that this show has given me. And given all of us in the crew. Season after season I’m amazed that our same crew comes back. And it’s not just because it’s a wonderfully written, wonderfully layered show. There are these real connections, real friendships that bring us back season after season after season.
“See, in real life, unlike Fiona, I’m an only child. I never had a big family. Being ensconced in that messy Gallagher family love is something I’d always dreamed of. But even off set, it feels real. We’ve watched the kids grow up into the strong, talented, independent human beings that they are. I taught Emma to shave her legs. I was there when Ethan learned to drive. Shanola and Jeremy and Joan and Bill danced at my wedding in New York last year. Our fearless leader John Wells thankfully held Sam and me up on those rickety chairs during the hora. I’ve spent the Jewish holy days in temple with David Nevins and his wonderful wife and kids. It really feels like a family.
“This kind of stability, this family, has nurtured me and made feel safe enough to stretch and grow creatively. The way John Wells has shepherded me as an actress, and more recently how he’s encouraged me wholeheartedly as a director and a writer, has been an honor and a privilege.”
She went on to talk about the connection she and her character have formed with fans and how playing Fiona has been a gift.
“I know you will continue on without me, for now. There is much more Gallagher story to be told. I will always be rooting for my family. Try not to think of me as gone, just think of me as moving down the block.”
As you can imagine, fans who have grown to love her character were not only shocked but devastated at the news. Many posted their responses on Facebook. While they were upset, fans were supportive in her need to move on.
Mari Cahill I doubt shameless will make it to season 10 without her. She kept it all together, she’s the family glue.
Jessica Rabbette If they’re going to lose a fundamental character like Fiona they really should just end the show all together.(not that i want to see it end- i dont) it’s only a matter of time before they’ll start to drop off one by one. I hope it’s not one of those shows that gets beaten into the ground until everyone hates it. End it properly and proudly
Sandy Stark Once I started reading this, I knew it was a goodbye. I’m very sad, but everyone has to do what they have to do. Thanks for letting us know. We love you.
Anthony Maday It just wont be the same without you..you are the core of this show..sorry you are leaving but hoping for a prosperous future in whatever you do.
Shameless season nine premieres Sunday, Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. on Showtime.