You might recognize this face from recent releases like “The Bear,” Dave Franco’s horror film “The Rental”, and Hannah Mark’s “After Everything”. Before joining the “Shameless” cast, Jeremy Allen White had slowly built a name for himself in the acting world.
His first big appearance was the young Clive in “Beautiful Ohio”. Though he was a committed dancer in his teens, he had a change of heart and chose acting over dancing. Right out of high school, he landed the role of Lip Gallagher. In 2019, White married his former “Afterschool” co-star, Addison Timlin. The celebrity couple has two daughters.
Emmy Rossum (aka Fiona Gallagher)
Emmy Rossum was the perfect pick to bring the complex Fiona Gallagher to the screen. This New York-born and bred actress has been a part of the industry since childhood. Some of her films include “Poseidon” (2006) and “The Day After Tomorrow” as Sam’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) love interest.
Rossum has picked up a number of awards like a Saturn Award for Best Young Performer. The talent doesn’t end there. Rossum has also released three albums. Her love life resembled Fiona’s spiral of unsuccessful relationships, but in 2017, she married “Mr. Robot” creator, Sam Esmail, and the two welcomed a child.
Philip “Lip” Gallagher
Better known as “Lip”, and more accurately showing his cynical and critical side, Philip is the second eldest Gallagher child. He has a soft spot for his family members, especially for middle child Ian, to whom he is particularly close.
Certainly, the most academic of the brood, Lip takes advantage of his advanced intelligence and writes SAT tests for weaker students in exchange for cash to support his family. Seemingly destined for excellence, Lip’s behavior is dysfunctional, much like most of the other members of his family. He drinks copiously, engages in risky hook-ups, and distances himself from those who truly love him.
As the third Gallagher child, Ian contently accepts being the middle child. He has a big heart and wants the best for his family; he has big dreams for himself and hopes to become a paratrooper. Over time, he finds the strength to open up about being gay.
However, there is always one thing stopping Ian from making it happen – and that may be Ian himself. Cursed with bad decision-making and desiring tortuous relationships, Ian is his own worst enemy. That, however, does not stop audiences (and his brother Lip) from rooting for him and wanting him to succeed.
Cameron Monaghan (aka Ian Gallagher)
At 15, Cameron Monaghan landed the role of Ian Gallagher. It might have been a daunting prospect for the young actor, but Monaghan had plenty of onscreen experience at this point. Monaghan started out as a child model at three. At seven years old, he had his first commercial.
His true breakthrough came when he landed the role of Chad in “Malcolm in the Middle”. There were probably countless broken hearts when the public learned that Monaghan was not gay in real life. For two years he dated Peyton List, but after their split, he started dating LA model, Lauren Searle.