The stunning Isidora Goreshter was the first of her family to be born in the USA. Her family originally immigrated from the former Soviet Union, but she is also of Moldovan descent with two of her grandparents being born there. “Shameless” fueled Goreshter’s acting career.
Since the young age of three, Goreshter has been performing as well as fostering a childhood career as a gymnast. She had had some small parts in films like “Paranoia” starring Harrison Ford and TV shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “2 Broke Girls”. She studied Classical Ballet but later attended the Stella Adler acting conservatory.
Joan Cusack (aka Sheila Jackson)
This actress hardly needs an introduction. With a career span of more than four decades, there are over 80 acting credits in Cusack’s filmography. Standout performances include “Working Girl” for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. A decade later, she was nominated again for an Academy Award for the same role.
She can star in any genre whether it is a comedy like “School of Rock” or something heartfelt like “Where the Heart Is”. Cusack's passions go beyond what is seen on screen, and she is a known political activist, often voicing her anti-war sentiment and her views on other political issues.
Svetlana “Lana” Yevgenivna
When Terry Milkovich learns that his son, Mickey, is gay, he hires Svetlana “Lana” Yevgenivna to change that. Mickey and Lana do marry, and we suspect that Mickey is her son’s, Evgeni, father. But married life proves tense and is short-lived when Mickey is incarcerated.
Fortunately, Lana is a keen businesswoman and ever-resourceful. We are not sure whether she eventually finds happiness, but she proves a key player in managing the bar, Alibi, after V marries Lana to avoid her being deported. Sadly, their marriage doesn't hold up, and Lana ends up facing several government agencies and ultimately marrying an older, senile man.
In season 5, we meet Debbie Gallagher’s new love interest, Derek Delgado. At least that is how Debbie sees it. After Holly and Debbie get into a fight, Derek and Debbie first meet. It is head-over-heels instantly for Debbie, but not quite the same for Derek. The two become friends after Debbie signs up for boxing lessons at his gym.
Soon, Debbie and Derek begin a relationship, ultimately leading to Debbie falling pregnant. We might add that Debbie intentionally stopped taking the pill and tricked Derek by telling him she was still on the pill. Obviously, Derek was not pleased.
Luca Oriel (aka Derek Delgado)
Not much is known about this young actor, but he certainly caught our attention as Debbie Gallagher’s love interest and Franny Gallagher’s father in “Shameless”. For two seasons Oriel played the role of Derek Delgado, but the part was recast in season 8 and Damien Diaz finally took over the role.
This is not to imply that Oriel has gone completely unnoticed. We have spotted him as the actor who played Drummer Boy in Amazon Prime’s superhero show “The Boys.” “Shameless” did put him on the map and since the series, he had the main role in “The Devil’s Whisper”.