Emmy Rossum Biography
Birth Name - Emmanuelle Grey Rossum
Date of Birth - September 12, 1986
New York, New York, USA
Nickname - Em - Emmy Grey
Height - 5' 8" (1.73 m)
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It would seem that 2004, the year of her 18th birthday, will be remembered as pivotal for Emmy Rossum due to her appearance in two very different films, The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and The Phantom of the Opera (2004). Emmy's performance in the latter film gained her a Golden Globe nomination, and should assure that she will be a memorable presence in many films to come.
Being born and raised in New York City provided Emmy with the perfect place to start her professional career. After passing an audition at the Metropolitan Opera when she was 7 years old, she performed in more than 20 operas in six different languages at Lincoln Center, alongside such figures as Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. She was directed by Franco Zeffirelli in "Carmen." She left the opera when she entered her teenage years, as she had grown too tall to perform as a child. Emmy also appeared in a Carnegie Hall presentation of "The Damnation of Faust."
In a change of venue, Emmy created the role of Abigail Williams in the daytime soap opera "As the World Turns" (1956) in 1999 and branched out in performances in the made-for-television movies Genius (1999) (TV) and The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000) (TV), in which she played the title character as a young teenager. Other television work included "Snoops" (1999), "Law & Order" (1990), and "The Practice" (1997).
Emmy made her theatrical feature debut in the indie film Songcatcher (2000), which won the Special Jury Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2000. Rossum received an Independent Spirit Award nomination in the category of Best Debut Performance for her performance as an Appalachian orphan. She played an aspiring songwriter (the title character) in the romantic comedy Nola (2003). Cast as the ill-fated daughter of a small-business owner in Clint Eastwood's Mystic River (2003), she projected an aura of innocence that made her character's tragic death memorable and heartbreaking. This was her first major studio film.
After six months of filming her role as the fresh-faced but highly intelligent heroine of The Day After Tomorrow (2004) in Montreal, the 16-year-old returned to New York and screen-tested for the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera (2004) in full costume and makeup, and was finally selected for the part by Andrew Lloyd Webber after singing for him at his home. Although she was surprised to be chosen ahead of many better-known and older actresses considered for the part, the combination of her vulnerable, fragile beauty and fine, classically trained singing voice ultimately proved that she was perfectly cast. In preparation for the role, she took ballet classes for two months and started polishing her singing. Emmy has commented that, in her approach to acting, she draws heavily upon her own experiences, so she visited locations in Paris and conjured up what she terms "past memories" to draw upon in making her performance emotionally realistic. She stood on the roof of the Opéra Garnier, where Christine sings "All I Ask of You," and went underneath the opera house, where there is actually a gloomy, dark lake. She studied Degas's paintings of ballerinas in the Musée d'Orsay to learn how to stand like one.
Emmy attended the private Spence School in Manhattan through the seventh grade, then finished high school using tutors and the Internet (through Stanford University). She is now enrolled at Columbia University and has already completed a course in art history, inspired by her study of Degas in Paris.
More Interesting Information for Emmy Rossum
Attended the Spence School in Manhattan, an elite private girls' school that was also attended by Gwyneth Paltrow and Kerry Washington.
Has appeared in 20 different operas singing in five languages.
Had never seen the stage version of The Phantom of the Opera (2004) prior to filming the screen version.
First appeared on stage at age seven, when she was chosen to join the New York Metropolitan's opera.
At seven years old, Emmy Rossum made $5 a night at the Metropolitan Opera singing with the children's choir. According to her, "There were horses onstage that were getting $150."
For her audition for the Metropolitan Opera, she was asked to sing "Happy Birthday." She was only seven years old.
Her father is a banker and her mother is a corporate photographer.
Took cooking classes at Le Cordon Bleu in London.
In preparation for her role in The Phantom of the Opera (2004), she attended a séance at the Spiritualist Association of Great Britian, where a medium talked to her about her late grandmother.
Won Best Young Actress in 2004 Critic's Choice Awards
She obtained her high school diploma online via a Stanford University program.
Has celiac disease, an autoimmune disease in which the body can't tolerant any foods containing gluten and wheat.
Is an only child.
Her favorite actors are Sean Penn (her Mystic River (2003) co-star) and Miranda Richardson (her The Phantom of the Opera (2004) co-star).
Attending Columbia University.
Hobbies include reading, horseback riding, and ballet.
Her favorite book is John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men."
Is Dutch and Scot-Irish.
Currently recording a pop album for Geffen Records [April 2006]
Cousin is Cecilia Becker, daughter of world-famous designer Vera Wang.
Her favorite designer is ;Ralph Lauren' .
She is a fan of the film star Audrey Hepburn.
Her favorite opera is "Carmen".
Personal quotes from Emmy Rossum
"He had the most magnificent apartment I had ever seen and I was floored by it. I went in and started vocalising with the accompanist and Andrew walked in as we were preparing. He didn't say hello, didn't introduce himself and just sat down in front of me and said, 'Shall we?' I thought to myself it was my one shot so I had better just stand up and do it, so I didn't introduce myself, I nodded to the accompanist and I did the two biggest numbers in the show. Then he stood up and said: 'That was great. I'm Andrew.'" [on her audition with Andrew Lloyd Webber for The Phantom of the Opera (2004)].
"I'm a very rational person but I pray every day." (in reference to a visit to a psychic who told her some accurate things about her late grandmother)
"The truth is, I probably didn't want to be friends with some of those girls [from prep school], because I found that a lot of their values were a little specious. Now, of course, all those girls are calling me and being like, 'We should have lunch!' And I'm like, 'Um . . . don't you remember how you didn't like me that much?'"
I'm heavy on preparation. . . . Some actors come to the set and don't know what scene they're playing, but that would make me crazy. It's not about control but perfectionism--my biggest vice and one of my biggest assets.
"I'm convinced wearing those corsets for 14 hours at a time deformed me for life," she says. "I was 16 years old and still growing at the time of the shooting. I could barely breathe, and with Christine's intense emotions I hyperventilated and almost passed out. I think her name is Christine for a reason. She is Christ-like."
"In this one scene, it took three days to shoot and it's the scene where my character passionately kisses her fiancé for the first time. It was so complex with the snow coming down that it took three days to shoot. By the end of the three days I'd kissed him so much that my lips had swollen up--so much that I had to use an ice pack in between takes. Hardship, I know!" In reference to kissing Patrick Wilson in The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
"I like Descartes's theory about a ball of wax. You can change its form from solid to liquid, but it's still the same ball of wax. With acting, you are the same person in a different form. You can only be what you know, and you only truly know yourself."
"Sean Penn and Clint Eastwood have told me that I shouldn't feel that I need to be in the limelight or the spotlight all the time. A career is about longevity, as shown in their careers. So, I really want to only do the best things and work with the best people. That's what I strive to do."
"I think of all my roles, I was best in "Genius".
Emmy Rossum Filmography
Poseidon (2006) .... Jennifer Ramsey
The Phantom of the Opera (2004) .... Christine
... aka Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera (USA: promotional title)
The Day After Tomorrow (2004) .... Laura Chapman
Mystic River (2003) .... Katie Markum
Nola (2003) .... Nola
Passionada (2002) .... Vicky Amonte
"The Practice" .... Allison Ellison (1 episode, 2001)
- The Candidate: Part 1 (2001) TV Episode .... Allison Ellison
Happy Now (2001) .... Nicky Trent/Jenny Thomas
An American Rhapsody (2001) .... Sheila (at 15)
... aka Amerikai rapszódia (Hungary)
The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000) (TV) .... Young Audrey Hepburn (ages 12-16)
It Had to Be You (2000) .... Young Girl
Songcatcher (2000) .... Deladis Slocumb
"As the World Turns" (1956) TV Series .... Abigail Williams #1 (unknown episodes, 1999)
"Snoops" .... Caroline Beels (2 episodes, 1999)
- Separation Anxiety (1999) TV Episode .... Caroline Beels
- Blood Lines (1999) TV Episode .... Caroline Beels
Genius (1999) (TV) .... Claire Addison
Grace & Glorie (1998) (TV) .... Luanne
"A Will of Their Own" (1998) (mini) TV Series .... Young Sarah
Only Love (1998) (TV) .... Lily
"Law & Order" .... Alison Martin (1 episode, 1997)
... aka Law & Order Prime (USA: informal title)
- Ritual (1997) TV Episode .... Alison Martin
The Phantom of the Opera (2004) (performer: "Think of Me", "Angel of Music", "Little Lotte", "The Mirror (Angel of Music-Reprise)", "The Phantom of the Opera", "Why Have You Brought Me Here?", "Raoul I've Been There", "All I Ask of You", "All I Ask of You (Reprise)", "Journey To the Cemetery", "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again", "Wandering Child", "Twisted Every Way", "The Point of No Return", "Track Down This Murderer")
... aka Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera (USA: promotional title)
Songcatcher (2000) (performer: "When Love Is New") ("Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies", "Lord Randall", "Mattby Groves", "The Two Sisters")
Live from the Red Carpet: The 2007 Academy Awards (2007) (TV) .... Herself
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" .... Herself (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
- Episode dated 12 May 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 7 January 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"HBO First Look" .... Herself (1 episode, 2006)
- The Making of 'Poseidon' (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
Rogue Waves: The Sinking of Poseidon (2006) (TV) .... Herself
The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2006) (TV) .... Presenter
Poseidon: A Ship on a Soundstage (2006) (V) .... Herself
2005 American Music Awards (2005) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter
... aka The 33rd Annual American Music Awards (USA: series title)
"Corazón de..." .... Herself (1 episode, 2005)
- Episode dated 22 July 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
The 59th Annual Tony Awards (2005) (TV) .... Presenter Best Original Score Written for the Theatre
The Making of 'The Phantom of the Opera' (2005) (V) (uncredited) .... Herself
The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter: Song Nominee 'Learn to Be Lonely'
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2005) (TV) .... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture [Musical or Comedy]
"The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" .... Herself (1 episode, 2005)
- Episode #1.6 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2005) (TV) .... Herself - winner
"This Morning" .... Herself (2 episodes, 2004)
... aka This Morning with Richard and Judy (UK: informal title)
- Episode dated 2 December 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 27 May 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
"4Pop" .... Herself (2 episodes, 2004)
- Vinokas elokuvamusikaali (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
- Popparit Bushin kimpussa (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2001) (TV) (uncredited) .... Herself