Emmy Rossum says she loves the "raunchy nature" of her R-rated Showtime drama series, "Shameless."
On the series, the actress known for her role in the movies "The Phantom of the Opera" and "The Day After Tomorrow," plays Fiona Gallagher, the eldest daughter in a dysfunctional, impoverished but close-knit family. She is forced to raise her siblings because their alcoholic single father Frank, played by William H. Macy, is unreliable and their mother has left the family.
Rossum, who appeared glamorous at the premiere in head-to-toe Ralph Lauren, occasionally appears topless on the cable series, which features sexual scenes and explicit language. Its second season premieres on Sunday, January 8, at 8 p.m. ET
"Everything that goes with the title [of 'Shameless']," Rossum told OnTheRedCarpet.com correspondent Macklen Makhloghi at the program's recent Los Angeles premiere, when asked what attracts her most to the series. "The raunchy nature of the show. How kind of, just, unwilling to conform to any boundaries it is. It's kind of just kickass in what it says, so I think we're having fun."
Warning: Spoiler alert!
In the first season of "Shameless," the children's father manages to go missing, turns up in Canada, attempts to embrace sobriety and receives ill-acquired disability checks. He also moves in with their agoraphobic neighbor, played by Joan Cusack, and gets close to her troubled, sex-addicted teenage daughter.
Meanwhile, Rossum's character falls for a man named Steve, who hides a big secret and eventually disappears. The family's estranged mother also turns up, with her new girlfriend, to try and claim their baby brother but eventually leaves without him.
Rossum told OnTheRedCarpet.com that season 2 would see "a lot of new family members showing up and evolving and coming back."
"Season 2 for me is about seeing the Gallagher's during the summer and seeing what that means to them. They're making a lot of money, they're doing really well, and seeing kind of how that affects the family," the actress added.
Even her character's only sister Debbie, played by 12-year-old Emma Kenney, pitches in to help the family by running a day care service in the family's home.
Rossum also had a job when she was a child. The actress, who is from New York, joined the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus when she was 7 years old.
"I worked for like $12 a night," Rossum told OnTheRedCarpet.com.
While filming the second season of "Shameless," Rossum gave Kenney some sisterly advice. The actress told Chelsea Handler on a recent episode of the comedienne's E! talk show "Chelsea Lately" that she taught the pre-teen actress how to shave her legs.
Reporting by Macklen Makhloghi, correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).
Check out a trailer for the second season of "Shameless" below.