Biography of Emma KenneyEmma Kenney is an American actress renowned for her role as Debbie Gallagher, one of Frank Gallagher's children, in the series "Shameless." She has also appeared in the sitcom "Roseanne" and its spin-off, "The Conners."
Childhood and first rolesEmma Rose Kenney was born on September 14, 1999, in New York. She spent only a brief period in Manhattan, as her family moved to the state of New Jersey shortly after her birth. Her father, Kevin, was a sports journalist who worked with Fox Sports and the New York Post, while her mother, Gillian, was a criminal defense attorney. Emma also has a brother.
As a child, she landed her first acting roles. Even as a child, she showed an interest in acting transformation. At the age of three, she would stage scenes with her stuffed animals. Recognizing their daughter's potential as an actress, her parents enrolled her in an acting course when she was five years old. She was immediately captivated by the world of art, and later remarked that she never regretted choosing an acting career.
At eight years old, Emma had a small role in the short film "Lyre Liar," which was released in 2008. The following year, at just nine years old, she became the youngest winner of the International Film Festival at Rutgers University in New Jersey, for directing the short film "The New Girl in Town."
I gathered some friends, and we made a film over a weekend. Then, my mom and I edited it and submitted it to two festivals. One rejected it, but the other was at the festival in New Jersey.After a brief role in the crime drama "Lyre Liar," the young actress received an offer to play the lead in the film "Bittersweet." Remarkably, her character had few lines, but the young girl managed to portray the character perfectly. Like "Lyre Liar," the film was released in 2008. Exactly one year later, Kenney appeared in the short film "A (Not So) Civil Union" At the same time, she landed roles in two television films: "Green Apples" and "Day Camp."
ShamelessIn 2011, Kenney landed a fortunate role as Debbie Gallagher in the series "Shameless," which ran for an impressive ten years. She portrayed the youngest daughter of alcoholic Frank Gallagher, and skillfully portrayed her character's challenging life experiences.
When Emma's manager sent her the script for the audition, she knew she wanted the role no matter what, but had no idea where to begin or what her character should be like. Her mother came to the rescue, finding a similar scene in the original British series.
Given the dysfunctional Gallagher family, Debbie's dream seemed strange and illogical to those around her. Even after seeing her irresponsible parents, she still decided to start her own family at the age of 15. To keep her lover, Debbie becomes pregnant, but it doesn't help her maintain the relationship. Nevertheless, despite the unhealthy start, numerous difficulties, and condemnation from her family, Debbie eventually manages to provide for herself and her daughter Franny, help the rest of the Gallaghers, and ultimately find love.
She wants to be a Martha Stewart with apple pies and picket fences. But this season she's different from Season 1. Now, she's cynical and frustrated and growing up. She wants to grow up faster than she can handle and do whatever she wishes. There are scenes that would never happen in my life. It's hard to put all that together. I try to get into Debbie's mindset. And I try to think how another actor might do it, someone like Drew Barrymore or Rachel McAdams.For half a year - from November to July - Kenney led the life of an ordinary schoolgirl and attended one of the public schools in New Jersey. From July to October, however, the filming for "Shameless" took place, and Emma and two of her young colleagues on set received tutoring during this time.
I grew up with her, she was like an older sister to me. And although we haven't talked much since then, I hope she has found her happiness. I even heard that she had a baby, and I'm sure she'll be a wonderful mother.When a mountain of work fell on the young star, taking a lot of her strength and energy, Emma started experiencing stress and panic at some point, and the difficult character of her character on screen began to affect her as well.
I was running with a really fast crowd. I was being naive and very immature, and I was doing things I should not be doing because it was illegal and I’m not 21. It wasn’t healthy, and it was making me feel even worse — anxious and depressed. It was just a slippery slope that I did not want to go down. And I knew that I needed to stop it.
Roseanne and further careerWhile filming "Shameless," the actress also began participating in the comedy series "Roseanne." The original project started back in 1988 and became one of the most highly rated series, receiving numerous awards, including "Emmys" and "Golden Globes." In 2018, it was decided to make a reboot of the once popular sitcom, in which Kinney also starred.
It is worth noting that Emma is not only involved in film production, but also tries herself in other fields. In addition to winning a film festival with her own short film at the age of nine, she also voiced a minor character in the animated film "Epic" (2013).
Personal life of Emma KinneyEmma Kinney prefers to keep her personal life private, so it is not known for certain whether she is in a relationship or not. Once, the actress mentioned that she had a crush on Dylan O'Brien, known for the TV series "Teen Wolf", but nothing happened between them.
In 2019, Emma was rumored to be in a relationship with actor Aramis Knight, who is also her peer. However, they are simply good friends.
For example, she appeared in a video where it was explained how dangerous it is to leave dogs in a hot car. The actress has also repeatedly admitted that she does not eat animals and is concerned about the fate of furry animals that can be used to make fur coats.