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Emmy Rossum Covers Malibu's Winter 2011 Issue

Posted Tuesday December 20, 2011 4:07 PM GMT

Glamming up another publication's front page, Emmy Rossum covers the Winter 2011 issue of Malibu magazine.

The 25-year-old "Shameless" star is featured in a chic spread shot by photographer Mike Piscitelli while speaking with the mag about topics ranging from her young start in acting to her charity work and the biggest surprise of her career thus far.

Highlights from Miss Rossum's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to visit Malibu!

On being on stage at such a young age:
"It was an amazing experience. There were costumes and horses and donkeys on stage. At that time, it wasn’t about making money or being famous like it is for so many people these days. It was about creating something beautiful. I am so fortunate to have been introduced to this in such a pure way."

On what made her decide to continue along the acting path:
"I kept enjoying it and kept being challenged all the time and kept getting better in my work. So, until I don’t feel this way anymore, I will keep on doing what I love to do. There are so many factors that come into play that continue this momentum. I was lucky to be able to audition and get roles. For me, at that time, I was not making a lifetime decision at age 13, even though in a sense I was without realizing it. I wouldn’t do anything differently even if I could."

On what has shaped her the most in these last three years:
"I am living on the West Coast. I have had various break-ups and make-ups in relationships. I have a cat and two dogs. I met my dad for the first time. Working on Shameless with Bill Macy has been an incredible experience. I guess he inspired me to want to seek out my father and get some answers."

On her charitable work and how it has shaped her:
"My friends say I am empathetic to a fault. My mom always taught me how lucky I am. If I have $5 in my pocket, it means I have $5 to give someone else who needs it because at home I have a roof over my head and food inside. Give to those who are less fortunate. My godmother suffered breast cancer, so I worked with the Susan G. Komen foundation, as well as others. I am in a unique position with my job that I have a voice, and I have people who listen when I say what I feel about something. I want to appreciate that opportunity and not take it for granted."

On the biggest surprise thus far in her career:
"That I am still here. It is so easy to get mixed up in the wrong crowd and involved in the wrong things, and I have had great people around me for guidance. I have also never lost sight of the most important thing and that is the work — and enjoying the work. I have also learned through primary examples how important it is to be kind to everyone. It is very humbling to work with Bill Macy and Joan Cusack who are kind and considerate to everyone on set. They are always prepared. They always know everyone’s name on set, cast and crew. I hope to one day be these examples for younger actors, as well."

Photo Credit: Mike Piscitelli for Malibu