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.
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.
Isidora Goreshter (aka Svetlana Yevgenivna)
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.
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”.
Born on the wrong side of the tracks and sister in the Milkovich family – the only family poorer than the Gallaghers – all the odds seem well stacked against Mandy Milkovich. Like many of the “Shameless” characters, they mean well but often their circumstances get the better of them.
Mandy’s background is rough, to say the least. Her reputation is not exactly stellar, but for a while she makes a deal with Ian, pretending to be his girlfriend or “beard” so that no one would suspect him of being gay. Sadly, Mandy wants any chance just to be someone’s girlfriend.