"Shameless" Star Defends TV Sex Scenes in Response to Angry Tweet

Emmy Rossum is used to asserting herself, whether in real life or on the air, as the wild, shameless star Fiona Gallagher. When an online commentator tried to downplay her acting qualities, Rossum quickly defended her career.
Following Wednesday's Vice Presidential Debate, Rossum tweeted about her excitement at buying an I'm Speaking T-shirt inspired by a quote from Senator Kamala Harris. A Twitter user responded to the Golden Globe nominees with derogatory remarks about their exposed TV scenes. Rossum clapped back quickly and said, "I get paid to tell stories, and life sometimes includes this great thing called sex. Maybe you've just never had it before so you don't know."
The acclaimed actor has a history of filming love scenes, and E! News in a 2014 interview: "Being nude in character is very easy because it just pretends to be acting ... In real life, I'm a lot more prudish." It should be noted, however, that romantic affairs are the least wild plot points of the hit series that follow the misadventures of the dysfunctional but lovable Gallagher family. In fact, we would argue that there is no shame at all.
Want to learn more about other stars who have defended their steamy scenes? Read on and for more celeb news, see how Eva Mendes defends partner Ryan Gosling with a cute Instagram comment.
Emilia Clarke
Emilia Clarke
Emilia Clarke came under fire while playing Daenerys Targaryen, mother of dragons, in Game of Thrones. While the HBO series included many types of sex scenes with a number of main characters, Clarke has been criticized for derobing. "I get a lot of [judgment] for doing ... sex scenes," Clarke told Elle. "That in itself is so anti-feminist. Women who hate other women are just the problem."
Paul Mescal
Paul Mescal arrives to the Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards
In the hot new Hulu drama Normal People, lead duo Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones wore it all. However, Mescal made it clear that he was satisfied with the raw intimacy depicted on screen, despite what some viewers said. "We worked really hard to make it feel like there was a real, accurate representation of sex among young people today, and I'm incredibly proud of that," he told RTÉ Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy. And while some celebs are friends on the set, here are 11 beloved film couples that clashed behind the scenes.
Caitriona Balfe
Caitriona Balfe
Sex is an integral part of the Starz saga Outlander, in which Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heugan play the romantic lead roles. While critics disagreed with the filming of certain, say, intense scenes, Balfe was vocal about the show's honest portrayal of intimacy, particularly regarding the wedding episode in season one. "It's very cute and fun and a little awkward," she told The Guardian. "I'm proud of the way we approached all of this on the show." Balfe adds that her comfort with on-set nudity is also due to how engaged she and Heugan are in the writers' room. For more Hollywood updates straight to your inbox, subscribe to our daily newsletter.
Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
Who could ever forget the spark between Nicole Kidman and then-husband Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut? The 1999 film resulted in some of the most iconic movie moments that Kidman owes thanks to a careful contract with director Stanley Kubrick that allowed her to screen the scenes and give her final approval. "I haven't said no to anything," Kidman recently told the New York Times. "I wanted to make sure I wasn't standing there [naked] and everyone was laughing at me. I would never think about the storytelling being wrongly told. When they say, 'As soon as you' I'm fine with that, great, that is it - what a fantastic place to be as a woman. ”For more famous duos, check out these 13 photos of celebrity couples when they first met.
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