‘Shameless’ star Emma Kenney Admitted She Had a On-Screen Crush

Fans of the hit Showtime series Shameless have watched Emma Kenney grow up before their very eyes. Starting on the series when she was in elementary school, the 21-year-old actress has spent half of her life on Showtime’s longest-running series.

As such, she has gone through several changes on-camera, including the same awkward pitfalls that young teenagers face as they journey to adulthood.

Kenney had a wild ride on Shameless that started as the innocent younger daughter of the Gallagher family and morphed into a dysfunctional mess. Exposed to a toxic environment at home, audiences watched as young Debbie had a sexual awakening at 13 years old when she fell in love with a much older man.

From there, a pregnancy scare and lots of experimentation helped the once naive young child grow into womanhood before their eyes.

Perhaps more so than any other character, she is a testament to the type of family that she grew up around. And growing up on the screen, this also meant that Kenney had to grapple with her real-world feelings alongside her on-screen family.

Emma Kenney’s on-screen crush

When a nine-year-old Kenney first landed on the show, according to Vultutre, her on-screen brother, Jeremy Allen White, struck her fancy. Still young and confused, she opened up about her schoolgirl crush in a 2014 Vulture interview.

“Oh my God, even if someone’s just saying hi to me, I start to blush. It’s so annoying and embarrassing. I can’t talk to anybody. When I was 9, when the show first started, I had the biggest crush on Jeremy [Allen White], who plays Lip — I haven’t even told him that. I hope he doesn’t read this. I obviously don’t have a crush on Jeremy anymore, he’s like my brother, but even today, I’ll talk to him and I cannot not blush. It’s so annoying.”

However, that crush remained as she got older, although she laughed it off as standard schoolgirl drama.

“Oh, yeah. He’s a really nice guy, so he doesn’t say anything. But it’s so obvious that my face is bright red, randomly. We’ll be talking about a book — a book, no, Jeremy, doesn’t read. We’ll be talking about music or whatever and I’m just blushing. It’s so embarrassing. I always make up an excuse: “Oh man, it’s so hot out today.”

Kenney had the unforgiving task of growing up before the eyes of an audience. While this could be awkward on an on-screen basis, however, this also meant grappling with adolescence’s hurdles as she grew into a young woman.

Now a young adult, Kenney’s 2014 interview shows just what it’s like to be a child actor who grows up in front of the world. While everything on Shameless is ridiculous, however, behind these characters were average, every day people like Kenney.

Source: cheatsheet.com