Emmy Rossum

Emmanuelle Grey “Emmy” Rossum was born in New York City on September 12, 1986. She is an actress and singer-songwriter. She has starred in movies including “Songcatcher, An American Rhapsody,” and “Passionada.” Her role in “Mystic River” garnered her wider recognition. She starred in the blockbuster film “The Day After Tomorrow” and received critical acclaim for her performance in “The Phantom of the Opera.” She has since starred in “Poseidon,” “Dragonball: Evolution,” “Dare” and “Beautiful Creatures.” Let us celebrate her birthday to express our gratitude for the great music and art she has provided for us.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Emmanuelle Grey Rossum

Birth date:

September 12, 1986



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5' 8"

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Net Worth:

$12 million

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Emmy Rossum was born Emmanuelle Grey Rossum in New York City, New York, on September 12, 1986, to Cheryl Rossum, a single mother. When her mother was pregnant with her, her parents divorced. Her mother was a photographer for businesses. Rossum was raised as a Jew and began singing at a young age, and she was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus by the age of seven. The exposure was quite beneficial, as she was allowed to play on stage within five years. She even sang with great opera singers. She performed in 20 different operas in six other languages. In “Carmen,” she also worked under Franco Zeffirelli’s direction. She had established an interest in acting by the age of 12. She enrolled in ‘The New Actors Workshop’ in New York City to seek a career in acting. She also completed her studies at Manhattan’s Spence School, which she ultimately dropped out of. She graduated from Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth with a high school diploma when she was 15. She went on to Columbia University after that.

In 1997, she made her acting debut as a guest star on “Law & Order,” with Alison Martin as her character in the program. Following that, she secured a recurring part as Abigail Williams in the long-running daytime soap opera “As the World Turns.” Meanwhile, she appeared in “Snoops” as Caroline Beels, a guest part. Her performance in the made-for-TV film “Genius” got her a nomination for the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a T.V. Movie the same year. She portrayed young Audrey Hepburn in the A.B.C. television movie “The Audrey Hepburn Story” in 2000. In the same year, she made her big-screen debut in the film “Songcatcher.” In the film, she portrayed Deladis Slocumb, an Appalachian orphan. She was then cast in the film “Nola” in 2003, in which she played the lead role. Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River,” where she played Katie Markum, gave her her big break in the movies. Her performance as Laura Chapman in Roland Emmerich’s eco-disaster thriller “The Day After Tomorrow” was arguably the most important role in her film career because the general audience greatly admired the picture and her acting abilities. She eventually earned the coveted role of Christine Daae in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” onscreen version.

The release of Wolfgang Petersen’s high-budget catastrophe picture “Poseidon” in 2006 marked a watershed moment in her career. In the same year, she played Juliet Capulet in William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” at the “Williamstown Theater Festival.” She then starred in “Dragonball Evolution” as “Bulma.” Simultaneously, she was a part of Broadway’s ’24 Hour Plays,’ in which performers, writers, and directors unite to compose and present six one-act plays in just 24 hours. She starred in D.J. Caruso’s social film “Inside” in 2011. It was an online film in which fans appeared as extras in Facebook videos. In the same year, she joined the cast of “Shameless,” a Showtime comedy series. She acted in films such as “Beautiful Creatures,” “You’re Not You,” “Comet,” and “Before I Disappear” in 2013 and 2014. After a four-year absence, she returned to the big screen with the film “A Futile and Stupid Gesture.” In the same year, she appeared in the short film “That’s Harassment,” where she played a journalist. Rossum starred as Kim Dash in Hans Petter Moland’s action-thriller “Cold Pursuit.” She has explored a musical career in addition to her acting career. In 2007, she finally released her album “Inside Out.” She wrote songs for the album in addition to singing. “Sentimental Journey,” her second album, was released in 2013. It was a collection of covers of great songs from the 1920s to the 1960s, unlike the previous album.

Career timeline

Her Debut Show

“Law & Order” is Rossum's first television role as Alison Martin.

Special Jury Award

“Songcatcher,” which premieres at the Sundance Film Festival and earns the Special Jury Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance for her acting debut, stars her as Deladis Slocumb.

Countless Young Actress Awards

Her other accolades include the Saturn Award for Best Performer, the National Board of Review’s Best Breakthrough Performance, and the "Young Artist Award" for Best Performance in a Feature Film, all for her performance in “The Phantom of the Opera."

Rossum's Debut Album

Inside Out is Rossum's debut album.

Young Hollywood Award

She wins The Young Hollywood Award at the Savannah Film Festival.

Where She Was Recognized

She joins the Showtime dramedy pilot “Shameless,” a show adapted from the British hit series of the same name.

Why We Love Emmy Rossum

  1. She is an ambassador

    She is a YouthAIDS ambassador and an activist. She also devotes her time to promoting breast cancer awareness.

  2. She is an environmentalist

    Her work with the N.R.D.C. Action Fund has included multiple P.S.As. Her involvement with Global Green U.S.A., a non-profit dedicated to raising funds and educating the public about environmental issues, is particularly noteworthy.

  3. She lives in the moment

    Rossum's life philosophy is "keep focused and have fun." Her photographic single mother, she says, always taught her that lesson. The key, she said in an interview, is to remember how one should feel like a child while recognizing no one will judge you.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. Sang for Hot Dogs

    Rossum used to get free hot dogs from a neighborhood butcher shop by singing to the butchers as a kid on her way home from opera rehearsal.

  2. A career in the food industry

    Rossum says she would have been a culinary critic or photographer if she hadn't become an actress as a child.

  3. She's conscious of her food

    Because she has celiac disease, she cannot consume wheat, pasta, or any other food that contains gluten.

  4. She is a perfectionist

    She had always been a careful child who understood that working with professionals meant there was no space for error.

  5. She almost played Belle

    Rossum has a lot in common with Disney's Belle, including fluency in French, a broad knowledge of literature, and a beautiful voice.

Emmy Rossum FAQs

Where was “Shameless” filmed?

“Shameless” was filmed in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. The Gallagher House was at 2119 South Homan Avenue in Chicago.

How old was Emmy Rossum when filming Phantom?

Christine was played by 16-year-old Emmy Rossum.

What is Emmy Rossum doing now?

With spouse Sam Esmail, the “Poseidon” actress welcomed a daughter in May 2021.

Emmy Rossum’s birthday dates

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