Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum

Birth Name:

Emmanuelle Grey Rossum


Emmy Grey

Body Height:

1.73 m


It would seem that 2004, the year of her 18th birthday, will be remembered as pivotal for Emmy Rossum due to her appearance in two very different films, The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and The Phantom of the Opera (2004). Emmy's performance in the latter film gained her a Golden Globe nomination.

Emmanuelle Grey Rossum was born in New York City, where she was raised by her single mother, Cheryl Rossum, a corporate photographer (she has only met her father a few times). Her mother is of Russian Jewish descent and her father has English and Dutch ancestry. After passing an audition at the Metropolitan Opera when she was 7 years old, Rossum performed in more than 20 operas in six different languages at Lincoln Center, alongside such figures as Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. She was directed by Franco Zeffirelli in "Carmen." She left the opera when she entered her teenage years, as she had grown too tall to perform as a child. Emmy also appeared in a Carnegie Hall presentation of "The Damnation of Faust." She graduated from the Spence School, a private institution in Manhattan, in 1996 and then earned a high school diploma when 15 years old by taking online extension courses offered by Stanford University (Education Program for Gifted Youth). She later enrolled at Columbia University and studied art history and French.

In a change of venue, Emmy created the role of Abigail Williams in the daytime soap opera As the World Turns (1956) in 1997 and branched out in performances in the made-for-television movies Genius (1999) and The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000), in which she played the title character as a young teenager. Other television work included Snoops (1999), Law & Order (1990), and The Practice (1997).

Emmy made her theatrical feature debut in the indie film Songcatcher (2000), with her good friend Rhoda Griffis, which won the Special Jury Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2000. Rossum received an Independent Spirit Award nomination in the category of Best Debut Performance for her performance as an Appalachian orphan. She played an aspiring songwriter (the title character) in the romantic comedy Nola (2003). Cast as the ill-fated daughter of a small-business owner in Clint Eastwood's Mystic River (2003), she projected an aura of innocence that made her character's tragic death memorable and heartbreaking. This was her first major studio film.

After six months of filming her role as the fresh-faced but highly intelligent teenage damsel in distress The Day After Tomorrow (2004) in Montreal, she returned to New York and screen-tested for the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera (2004) in full costume and makeup, and was finally selected for the part by Andrew Lloyd Webber after singing for him at his home. Although she was surprised to be chosen ahead of many better-known and older actresses considered for the part, the combination of her vulnerable, fragile beauty and fine, classically trained singing voice ultimately proved that she was perfectly cast. In preparation for the role, she took ballet classes for two months and started polishing her singing. Emmy has commented that, in her approach to acting, she draws heavily upon her own experiences, so she visited locations in Paris and conjured up what she terms "past memories" to draw upon in making her performance emotionally realistic. She stood on the roof of the Opéra Garnier, where Christine sings "All I Ask of You," and went underneath the opera house, where there is actually a gloomy, dark lake. She studied Degas's paintings of ballerinas in the Musée d'Orsay to learn how to stand like one.

Her next project Poseidon (2006) was a mainstream effort, but since its release, she has been more true to advice she obtained from Sean Penn when making Mystic River (2003), that she should be picky and only accept roles that are fun to do, such as Dragonball: Evolution (2009).

Producers Filmography:

Comet (2014)

Directors Filmography:

Shameless (2017)
Animal Kingdom (2017)

Actors Filmography:

Hard Powder (2018)
That's Harassment (2018)
A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)
Shameless (2018)
You're Not You (2014)
Comet (2014)
Jay-Z Feat. Beyoncé: Part II - On the Run (2014)
Before I Disappear (2014)
Beautiful Creatures (2013)
Inside (2011)
Dare (2009)
Dragonball: Evolution (2009)
Emmy Rossum: Slow Me Down (2009)
Poseidon (2006)
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Mystic River (2003)
Nola (2003)
Passionada (2002)
The Practice (2001)
Happy Now (2001)
An American Rhapsody (2001)
The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000)
It Had to Be You (2000)
Songcatcher (2000)
Genius (1999)
Snoops (1999)
Grace & Glorie (1998)
A Will of Their Own (1998)
Only Love (1998)
Law & Order (1997)
As the World Turns (1956)

Selfs Filmography:

The Late Late Show with James Corden (2017)
Off Camera with Sam Jones (2017)
Shameless: Season 7 - Growing Up Shameless (2017)
The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards (2017)
Ok! TV (2017)
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter (2017)
The Insider (2017)
Chelsea (2016)
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards (2016)
Shameless: Season 6 - Running the Table: A Shameless Conversation (2016)
Shameless: Season 6 - Shamelessly Shanola (2016)
21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2016)
Live with Kelly and Ryan (2016)
Shameless: Season 5 - Gentrify This!!! (2015)
Shameless: Season 5 - Shameless Love (2015)
All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration (2015)
Today (2015)
The View (2015)
30th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards (2015)
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)
Shameless: Season 4, Being Gallagher (2014)
Shameless: Season 4, Shameless Neighbors (2014)
Larry King Now (2014)
The Talk (2014)
Fox's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular (2014)
The Doctors (2014)
American Music Awards 2014 (2014)
Top Chef (2014)
Project Runway (2014)
Made in Hollywood (2014)
Extra (2014)
Entertainment Tonight (2014)
The Queen Latifah Show (2014)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)
The 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards (2014)
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables (2014)
The 68th Annual Tony Awards (2014)
Chelsea Lately (2014)
Conan (2014)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2014)
David Blaine: Real or Magic (2013)
2013 Billboard Music Awards (2013)
Rachael Ray (2013)
Katie (2013)
Tavis Smiley (2013)
Big Morning Buzz Live (2013)
Good Day L.A. (2013)
Good Morning America (2013)
The Hollywood Fast Lane (2013)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2013)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2013)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2013)
Cribs (2013)
18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (2013)
Shameless: The Complicated Life of Fiona Gallagher (2012)
Shameless Season 3 Sneak Peek: Even More Shameless (2012)
The Ghetto Girl and the Car Thief: A Shameless Actor Discussion (2012)
Anderson Live (2012)
Comic Con 2012 Live (2012)
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf (2012)
Watch What Happens: Live (2012)
The Rosie Show (2012)
Rove LA (2012)
Bringing Shameless to America (2011)
Shameless: A Shameless Discussion About Sex (2011)
Shameless: Bringing the Fun to Dysfunctional (2011)
Access Hollywood Live (2011)
Lopez Tonight (2011)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2011)
Attack of the Show! (2011)
The Early Show (2011)
25th Film Independent Spirit Awards (2010)
Sundance Skippy (2010)
The Bonnie Hunt Show (2009)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2009)
I Love the New Millennium (2008)
A Hollywood Christmas Celebration (2007)
Movies Rock (2007)
The Hills (2007)
The Teen Choice Awards 2007 (2007)
Spread TV (2007)
E! Live from the Red Carpet (2007)
Poseidon: A Ship on a Soundstage (2006)
The Young Hollywood Awards (2006)
HBO First Look (2006)
Rogue Waves (2006)
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006)
The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2006)
2005 American Music Awards (2005)
Corazón de... (2005)
The 59th Annual Tony Awards (2005)
The Making of 'The Phantom of the Opera' (2005)
The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005)
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2005)
The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2005)
This Morning (2004)
4Pop (2004)
Eye of the Storm: Filming 'The Day After Tomorrow' (2004)
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2001)