Emmanuelle Gray Rossum (New York, September 12, 1986), better known as Emmy Rossum, is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She has worked on films such as The Day After Tomorrow, Poseidon, The Phantom of the Opera, Mystic River, Beautiful Creatures, and the television series Shameless.
Emmy Rossum was born on September 12, 1986, in New York City, New York, United States, to Sheryl, a corporate photographer, and a banker father. Rossum’s family is Jewish.
His parents divorced when his mother became pregnant, being then educated by his mother, meeting with his father only a couple of times. The song “Anymore“, from her album Inside Out, is based on this experience.
At the age of six she sang for the first time at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center with her two great idols: Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.
After singing Happy Birthday in 12 different keys, she was received by director Elena Doria as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Choir.
For $ 5 a night, she sang in five different languages in 20 different operas such as La Boheme, Turandot , and in a presentation at Carnegie Hall of The Curse of Faust and The Dream of a Midsummer Night, among others, and worked under the direction of Franco Zeffirelli in Carmen.
At twelve years of age, she had grown too old to wear childish costumes and her interest in pursuing an acting career had increased, leading to her landing an agent and later auditioning for various auditions.
Personal Life of Emmy Rossum:
Rossum currently divides her time between the apartment she shares with her mother in Manhattan and Los Angeles. Rossum once stated: “When I was very young,
I wanted to be 1000 different things.” He attended Gwyneth Paltrow, Kerry Washington, and Sally Pressman’s school for actresses. The school gave him an ultimatum when he started skipping class because of his commitments, forcing him to choose between school and music, preferring to continue with music.
Rossum received his high school diploma online when he was fifteen through extension courses offered by Stanford University in the Education Program for Gifted Youngsters (EPGY). She won the Film Critics Award for “Best Young Actress” in 2004.
Rossum began dating David Wildenstein, the son of an art billionaire, and spoke of him as “a great man. Really smart, a gentleman.” She had to leave for Los Angeles, while he continued to reside in New York, causing the end of the relationship in late 2006.
Rossum was also a partner of actor Topher Grace and there were rumors that she was dating actor Milo Ventimiglia. She was a partner of singer Adam Duritz and was briefly married to producer Justin Siegel. She was dating for 2 years (since 2011) with actor Tyler JacobMoore, whom she met on the set of the series Shameless.
She is currently in a relationship with director Sam Esmail, whom she got engaged to in 2015 and they married in 2017.
Rossum was convinced by fellow Poseidon filmmaker Josh Lucas to work with the Youth AIDS charity, for which she became an ambassador.
Professional Life of Emmy Rossum:
In 1997 she made her acting debut on television. That same year she participated in the series Law & Order and the following year in two films and a miniseries.
In 1999, she received a Young Artist Award nomination for “Best Performance in a Television Movie” for her work on Genius, followed by her portrayal of young Audrey Hepburn in the ABC telefilmThe Audrey Hepburn Story (2000).
Rossum got her start on the big screen as Appalachian Deladis in the film Songcatcher, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, winning the Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Cast Performance.
She was also nominated for the Independent Spirit Awards in the “Best Performance” category, and sang a duet with Dolly Parton on the film’s soundtrack.
She would then reappear on the big screen as Kate Markum in Mystic River and in The Day After Tomorrow, Roland Emmerich’s ecological disaster film, where she starred alongside Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal.
But her greatest work was her remembered role as Christine Daaé in the world-famous screen adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Phantom of the Opera.
After a long search for talent, she was chosen for her lyrical soprano voice and the excellent performance of the young opera singer who becomes the object of the ghost’s obsession. This role earned him a Golden Globe nomination, among other awards.
In 2006, Rossum appeared in Poseidon, whose director, Wolfgang Petersen, had a high budget to make this remake of the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure.
There she played Jennifer Ramsey, the daughter of Kurt Russell’s character . She also appeared as Juliet in 2006 at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Shakespeare’s production of Romeo and Juliet.
In 2014, she was the lead actress in the movie You’re Not You.
In an interview, Rossum revealed that he had signed on to make four films: a comedy, a drama, and two independent films, including Dare, in 2009. However, it was announced on December 15, 2007 that Rossum had joined the cast of Dragonball. Evolution, directed by James Wong, playing the role of Bulma.
Starting in 2010 she worked on the American version of the series Shameless, acting alongside WilliamH. Macy, Justin Chatwin (with whom she worked on Dragonball Evolution) and Joan Cusack.
After his role in The Phantom of the Opera, Rossum received several offers to record classical music discs, but he declined, opting to create a more conventional music album. Of his music, he said, “I do pop music, but I’m not Britney Spears. I want it to have a bit of David Gray or Annie Lennox “; and also claimed to spend up to 12 hours a day in the recording studio.
He cites Dolly Parton, Madonna, Cher or Barbra Streisand as some of his influences, among others. Her first album, produced by Stuart Brawley, was titled Inside Out and was released on October 23, 2007. The video clips of her album were available on her Myspace page.
To promote the album, Geffen Records also featured their first independent album, Slow Me Down, as part of the second volume on Hollywood Records, which was released on July 10, 2007.
Their album Inside Out is also available on iTunes. On October 27, 2007, she sang the American national anthem at New Jersey Devils Stadium, in the opening game of the American football tournament; Along with this presentation was the announcement of her album.
On December 4, 2007, Rossum featured three Christmas songs on his Carol of the Bells album, available on iTunes and Amazon. Rossum does not consider herself an opera singer, but has described herself as a light lyric soprano, although she admits that her voice was still in development in those years.
In January 2013, she released a new album with Warner Bros. Records. This second work, entitled Sentimental Journey, consists of versions of jazz classics, from the 1920s to the 1960s. The album was designed as a musical calendar in which each piece referred to a month of the year.