Emmy Rossum was apprehensive about taking a role in the U.S. adaptation of British TV show Shameless because she felt uncomfortable about the graphic sex scenes and gritty content.
The Phantom of the Opera star appears opposite William H. MACy and Joan Cusack in the new series, which focuses on a dysfunctional family living in Chicago, Illinois.
Rossum didn't want to audition for the role of Fiona Gallagher initially, because she was put off by the nudity, swearing and shocking storylines, but her agent persuaded her to give it a go.
She tells the New York Post, "I was loathe to do that (the sex scenes), but she's a really interesting character and it's rare for actresses to get good opportunities. My agent said, 'People would never see you in that role... it's a great part... you have to fight for it.'
"So, although I felt a little guilt, I got the script and auditioned four times. It's not necessarily pretty writing. No time for sweet sayings. Mostly grip and grope - making love on the floor, the father's drunk, cops come... He hits the kids."
Rossum also struggled to come to terms with her appearance on the show, adding, "I wear no make-up. None. My hair's frizzed out. (But) I'm OK with not looking my best..."