Emma Kenney was born on September 14, 1999 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Shameless (2011), Epic (2013) and Bittersweet (2008).
Emma Kenney appears in a "video rant" for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) about the danger of leaving your dog in your car on a hot day.
Emma Kenney voiced the character of "Marigold Girl" in the 2013 3D animated film "Epic."
At age nine, Emma Kenney's 2009 debut film, "The New Girl in Town," made her the youngest finalist ever to compete in the New Jersey International Film Festival.
Emma Kenney, who plays Debbie, also played Sara Gilbert's daughter in the highly rated but short-lived revival of the sitcom "Roseanne" in 2018.
Emma Kenney won the role of Debbie Gallagher in "Shameless" when she was a 12-year-old New Jersey seventh-grader.
Personal Quotes (37)
I'm interested in being a professional actress.
I would totally love to do theater.
I hate watching myself on camera. I guess a lot of people feel that way, though.
Opening up your life to a dog who needs a home is one of the most fulfilling things you can do.
I try to keep my professional life and my actual kid social life separate.
'Shameless' is just such a realistic show.
I try not to spend too much time on my computer.
I once tried to read the dictionary. It didn't work.
You've just got to be wary around people. You don't know what they want from you. Just in L.A., people have questionable motives. Everybody's kind of got an angle. You've got to be aware of that.
If you want a dog, go to your local animal shelter and adopt one. It's not rocket science, it's dog science.
It's hard growing up in Hollywood, you know? I'm not from L.A. originally.
I have to say that one person I learned from the most as an actor in my life is Emmy Rossum. She is so insanely talented in the sense that when watching her work, it just turns into watching her speak - it's no longer acting; that's how good she is! She just becomes the person.
I loooovvve Dylan O'Brien. He's so hot.
I went to public school my entire life.
I love indie movies - I feel they can really allow you to develop a character.
I just want to send a message to my fans saying that it's OK to admit that you need help, and it doesn't make you weak.
I'm always in the mood for pizza.
Nothing sounds worse than having to be surrounded by people you don't like in a sequined dress.
I'm pretty much a goodie two-shoes.
I had the perfect level, growing up, between being normal and having a little taste into Hollywood. People would recognize me once in a while, but I could still go out and have my life.
Not everybody's life is like 'Gossip Girl.'
I can put both legs over my head.
I can go out and chill with my friends, go out to dinner, and I won't get hounded like, I'm sure, Paul McCartney or somebody like that.
The director will be like, 'Hey, great take. Do you want to see the playback?' And I'm like, 'Definitely not.'
There is so much I'd love to do in this industry. I'm honestly interested in directing even a little more so than acting.
I want to be the healthiest, best Emma that I can be, and I know that by going to treatment that's what's going to happen, and I'm going to continue on that positive road.
I love One Direction. I like Eminem.
If you put pressure on your kids to book every audition, they won't enjoy it anymore, and they won't book it, either. Also, if they don't want to go to an audition, they shouldn't be forced to go. They have to want to do it.
I was watching 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' - the episode where Sabrina and her friend make a vampire movie for college. I wanted to see if it would be fun to make a horror movie.
If I wasn't an actor, I never would have known who Debbie Gallagher was. I never would know how her feelings are or how her emotions are, or her family.
I did improv classes just like any kid would do soccer or gymnastics or swimming. At one of my showcases, my manager came to my mom and said, 'We would like to represent your daughter.' My mom asked me that night if I would like to actually act, and I said, 'Why not? I'll give it a try!'
I've written tons of scripts, and when I wrote 'The New Girl in Town,' I read it to my parents, and they suggested I make a movie out of it. I got a few friends together, and I shot the movie in one weekend, and then my mom and I edited it.
I started acting when I was 5 or so. I just did acting for fun, not actually to be an actor.
I'd love to play characters that are so similar to me that it would be crossing limits, and then at the same time I would love to play characters that are so different from me that it would be that kind of challenge as well.
'Shameless' was the first project I've ever booked, and I'm really happy for it!
I went through a phase when I was 13 or 14: I would tweet emo things about my feelings and boys who didn't like me and mean girls in school.
You're not always going to look super glamorous in the morning when you wake up. Everything's not perfect.