See You In Ten: Emmy Rossum

    February 24, 2011 at 11:00 am

    See You In Ten speculates on where some of the young, up-and-coming stars of Hollywood will be ten years from now.

    Today’s Subject: Emmy Rossum

    How She Got Here: Upon singing “Happy Birthday” in 12 different keys, Rossum was welcomed to join the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus by chorus director Elena Doria at the age of 7. Over the next five years, she sang onstage with the chorus and performed with opera greats like Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. By age 12, Rossum had grown too big for the children’s costumes. An increasing interest in pursuing acting led to taking classes. In 1999, Rossum scored a recurring role as the original Abigail Williams in the daytime soap As the World Turns. Rossum made her big screen debut in 2000’s Songcatcher. For her role, Rossum received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance and also had the opportunity to sing a duet with Dolly Parton on the Songcatcher soundtrack. Her role in Mystic River garnered her wider fame. She then starred in the blockbuster film The Day After Tomorrow and The Phantom of the Opera (2004) for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe.

    What She Is Doing Now: In 2009, Rossum joined the cast of the Showtime drama series pilot Shameless, based on the hit British series of the same name. The pilot costars William H. Macy, Joan Cusack and Justin Chatwin. In 2010, Showtime announced that they would be picking up the series for a full season of twelve episodes. After her role in The Phantom of the Opera, Rossum was offered several deals to record classical albums, but refused, opting to create an album of contemporary, more mainstream music. Rossum is a YouthAIDS ambassador and also the official spokesperson for “PiNKiTUDE” – a campaign to help raise breast cancer awareness.

    See You In Ten: Rossum will be around for a long time. Even if the acting career doesn’t work out (which it is) she still has an amazing voice to fall back on. There is always Broadway or even just recording her own music. As long as she stays away from some of the missteps of celebrity, she’ll be fine. She just broke up with Adam Duritz, which usually means she’ll be a superstar soon enough.

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