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Emmy Rossum

Emmanuelle Grey "Emmy" Rossum has naturally curly tresses which she often wears tousled either up or down in an array of romantic twists, buns or updos.

Emmy was born September 12, 1986 in New York City, the only child of Cheryl, a single mother who worked as a corporate photographer and an investment banker.

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She was named after her grandfather, whose first name was Emanuel, using the feminine spelling Emmanuelle. Rossum was raised by her mother and has only met her father twice. She is Jewish. She is the niece of Vera Wang, to whom she is related by marriage.

Multi-Talented Performer

Emmy is multi-talented as a singer and actress. She first starred in a string of movies including Songcatcher (2000), An American Rhapsody (2001) and Passionada (2002).

Her role in Mystic River (2003) garnered her wider fame. She then starred in the blockbuster film The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and The Phantom of the Opera (2004) for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe. She has since starred in Poseidon (2006), Dragonball: Evolution (2009) and Dare (2009). In 2007, Rossum released her debut album, Inside Out. She also released a Christmas EP the same year entitled Carol of the Bells.

Emmy Rossum

The Metropolitan Opera

Upon singing "Happy Birthday" in 12 different keys, Rossum was welcomed to join the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus by chorus director Elena Doria at the age of 7. Over the course of five years, she sang onstage with the chorus and had the chance to perform with other opera greats, such as Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.

For $5–10 a night, Rossum sang in six different languages, in 20 different operas, including La bohème, Turandot, a Carnegie Hall presentation of La damnation de Faust and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

She also worked under the direction of Franco Zeffirelli in Carmen. Rossum joked in interviews that her vocal talent and affinity for music developed because her mother always listened to classical music and operas while she was pregnant with her.

By age 12, Rossum had grown too big for the children's costumes. An increasing interest in pursuing acting led to taking classes with Flo Salant Greenberg of The New Actors Workshop in New York City. She also hired an agent and auditioned for many acting roles.

TV Acting Role

Emmy Rossum

1997 was Rossum's television debut with a guest appearance on Law & Order as Alison Martin. In 1999, she had a recurring role as the original Abigail Williams in the long-running daytime soap opera As the World Turns.

She also had a guest role as Caroline Beels in Snoops. Rossum was nominated for a Young Artist Award nomination in 1999 for Best Performance in a TV Movie for her work in the made-for-tv movie Genius. Following that movie, she portrayed a young Audrey Hepburn in the ABC TV movie The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000).

The Phantom Of The Opera

She later returned to New York, where she was the last to audition, in full costume and make-up, for the coveted role of Christine Daae for the on-screen adaptation of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera.

Following an international search for talent, and having nearly missed the audition on account of a family engagement, Rossum was asked to audition in person for Webber at his home in New York. “When I arrived, he just said, ‘Shall we?’ meaning I was to sing. And I did," Rossum has said of the audition. After seeing her audition, Webber felt she proved her ability to play the young opera singer who becomes the object of the phantom's obsessive love.

Golden Globe Award

Emmy Rossum

For her role as Christine Daae, Rossum received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a musical or comedy. She is the youngest actress ever to be nominated for that particular award. She also received a Critics' Choice Award for Best Young Actress, along with a Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor and other awards.

Rossum also appeared as Juliet Capulet in a 2006 Williamstown Theatre Festival production of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

In early 2009, Rossum appeared in Dragonball Evolution. Rossum described her action role in Dragonball as the hardest thing she's ever done.

Her next big screen venture was the indie Dare which was an official selection of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

In November 2009 Rossum appeared in Broadway's 24 Hour Plays in which actors, writers, and directors collaborate to produce, and perform six one act plays within 24 hours to benefit the Urban Arts Partnership. Rossum appeared in Warren Leight's "Daily Bread", directed by Lucie Tiberghien.

Emmy Rossum

After her role in The Phantom of the Opera, Rossum was offered several deals to record classical albums, but refused, opting to create an album of contemporary, more mainstream music.

She explained "I was inspired to cut this album because I'm so frustrated listening to the radio these days. There is so little emotional honesty."

Regarding the sound and style of her music, she said, "It's pop music, but not Britney Spears bubblegum pop. I want it to have a David Gray or Annie Lennox feel. I've been spending up to 12 hours a day in the studio." Rossum cites Dolly Parton, Madonna, Cher and Barbra Streisand as some of her key musical influences.

Rossum's album Inside Out was produced by Stuart Brawley. It was released on October 23, 2007 and peaked at 199 in the U.S. charts.

For the promotion of the record, Geffen Records featured the song, "Slow Me Down," as part of the second volume of Hollywood Records' Girl Next compilation album, which was released on July 10, 2007. Later that year, she was chosen as Yahoo's "Who's Next" artist of the month and a "One to Watch" by MSN. In December 2007, Rossum released three Christmas songs on the EP Carol of the Bells.

Emmy Rossum

Rossum describes herself as a lyric soprano, though she admits her voice is still developing.

In the summer of 2008, Rossum announced that she was in the process of writing and recording her second studio album.

She joined Counting Crows, Augustana, and Michael Franti & Spearhead as a "special guest" for select performances of the "Traveling Circus and Medicine Show" tour in the summer of 2009.

In 2010 Rossum sang a song called "Cruel One" on singer Alex Band's debut solo album We've All Been There. On the track she sings with Band, and Chantal Kreviazuk. The song is available on the album's deluxe edition.

Rossum continues to train vocally at ZajacStudio, Inc, a studio run by soprano Joann C. Zajac.

Emmy's Naturally Curly Brunette Tousled Hairstyle

Emmy Rossum

For her TV role as Fiona Gallagher in Showtime's Shameless Emmy wears her hair in alternating tousled and sleek styles. Changing up her Naturally Curly Brunette Tousled Hairstyle is as easy as changing the heat and styling products she uses.

For the Red Carpet her hair is usually styled sleekly and brushed up and off her forehead with lots of body and some volume built in around the crown. Edie likes to add a thin headband to dress up her short style with great results.

For less formal off-camera events she often wears her hair finger tousled.

Hairstyle: Naturally Curly Brunette Tousled Hairstyle

Since her hair is so short, it's obvious Edie doesn't utilize any type of wigs or add-on hair for her various cropped hairstyles.

Hairstyle Color: Warm milk chocolate

Hairstyle Highlights/Lowlights: If you look closely you will see what appears to be ribbons of lighter golden brunette highlights with deeper golden brunette lowlights which gives Emmy's hair warmth, depth and volume.

Emmy Rossum

The golden highlights interwoven around the hairline and strategically placed against the softer milk chocolate base also helps to bring out a beautiful shine.

Texture: Emmy appears to have medium to medium thick hair in excellent shape with a tendency towards natural curls interspersed with some waves. Her hair appears to have very slight layers skillfully placed around the perimeter of her hairstyle.

Fringe: Emmy rarely wears a fringe which may be due to the fact her hair is naturally textured.

Lately on "Shameless" the star has been seen with her chocolate brown tresses worn naturally curly and pulled up on top of her head.

Sometimes Emmy's hair is brushed off her hairline in such a style that no obvious part is clearly visible. She also plays with soft peaks of hair along the hairline brushed up into an edgy spike.

Face Shape: Emmy's face shape is primarily square. She has a square chin. Some face shape watchers might believe she has more prominent jaws giving a hint of a square face shape.

Emmy Rossum

Hairstyle Works Best: Emmy's hairstyle works best for tresses which are shoulder length or below and either all one length or with layers.

The best texture for recreating this hairstyle is hair with natural curls or natural waves.

Tight coils might not work with this hairstyle, but very light curls which can be temporarily straightened could be an option. The hairstyle can be copied with or without a fringe.

Hair Tools Required: This style can either be dried with a long finger diffuser or easily air dried and finger tousled.

If you prefer a more finished or textured look you can utilize a blow dryer, small barrel curling iron, 100% boar bristle round brush, long tail comb, leave-in conditioner, defrisant, styling spray and/or cream, sculpting hairspray, shine spray and/or serum drops.

To add strategically placed volume, fullness and/or length you may wish to play with clip-in hair extensions, clip in fringes or a clip-in pony for a completely different look.

Steal Emmy's Hair Style

Emmy Rossum

This hair style is ideal for shoulder length or longer tresses which are medium in thickness. Follow the steps below to re-create Emmy's tousled hair style:

Start with a hair cut which is scissored to encourage natural curls and waves to nestle into each other.

1. Start by cleansing your hair in lukewarm water with a product designed to add back moisture and to treat colored or highlighted hair with tender loving care. Depending on what cleansing system works best for your hair you may wish to either do a Conditioning Only (CO) or Water Only (WO) wash.

2. Rinse hair well and then apply a misturizing rinse-out conditioner focusing the products on the areas of the hair that are most dry or damaged. If your hair is fine or thin you may wish to skip this option.

3. For extra conditioning substitute the rinse-out conditioner with a deep conditioner that is allowed to soak down into the hair's shaft. Detangle strands with a wide tooth comb working from the ends to the roots. while hair is still coated with conditioner. Create either a center or side part, depending on how you wish to style your hair.

4. Finish with a cool/cold rinse to lock in moisture and add additional shine.

Emmy Rossum

5. Towel blot to remove excess moisture. Apply a conditioning detangling spray or leave-in conditioner and plop if you wish to enhance natural texture.

Note: If your hair is prone to frizzing apply a defrisant product or mix with your other styling products. Many celebrities are big fans of Phytodefrisant.

6. For fullness, lift and volume throughout the crown, apply a volume enhancing product to the roots. Distribute a curl enhancing cream or balm to the rest of the strands distributing from below the roots to the ends.

7. Separate strands into 1" to 2 1/2" sections and blow dry with a long finger diffuser to enhance natural curls and waves. If you prefer you can use a blow dryer with a boar's bristle round brush to help form curls.

Note: If hair is naturally curly, do not use fingers to blow dry since this can add to frizz. Use a boar's bristle brush instead.

Emmy Rossum in Showtime's Shamless

8. When hair is completely dry you may opt to touch up the strands with a curling iron to achieve uniform curl patterns.

Once curls are completely dry, pull them up into a loose twist. Secure with an elastic or barrette and secure any loose ends with bobby pins.

You may prefer to use a curling iron (or hot rollers) to turn under the ends.

9. Apply a shine serum, shine spray or hair cream to seal in moisture and add a soft shine similar to Emmy's. Hairspray is optional.

Allow a few tendrils to fall out around the face for a wispy finish. Dress up your style with a gorgeous crystal encrusted headband.


Rossum joined the cast of the Showtime drama series pilot Shameless in December 2009. The show is based on the hit British series of the same name. The pilot costars William H. Macy, Joan Cusack and Justin Chatwin.

Emmy Rossum in Showtime's Shamless

In April 2010, Showtime announced that they would be picking up the series for a full season of twelve episodes. Production began in September 2010 and continued through the fall with shooting taking place in Los Angeles and Chicago.

Rossum is a YouthAIDS ambassador. She is also the official spokesperson for "PiNKiTUDE" - a campaign to help raise breast cancer awareness.

Additionally Rossum is an environmentalist. She has appeared in several Public Service Announcements for the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) Action Fund. She also works with Global Green USA to raise money for environmental protection and awareness of ecological issues.

On May 26, 2009, Emmy Rossum attended a march in West Hollywood California protesting the California Supreme Court's ruling to uphold Proposition 8

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- Revised Publication Date: 04/23/11

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