Emmy Rossum explains her rules for on-screen nude scenes and teases season 4 of Showtime's 'Shameless'

By Jon Niles | Nov 22, 2013 09:56 AM EST
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27-year-old actress Emmy Rossum films a lot of nude scenes for her Showtime hit series Shameless leading most viewers to wonder how the young star gets through the filming process. Though she admits that such scenes are a bit awkward, the actress also shared some of her rules for the on-screen nudity that viewers are used to seeing on the show.

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"We always have a closed set, and I only ever sign the waiver and do the scene if I feel like it's really important to the story," she explained in a new interview with Yahoo!. "There have been times when I've said, 'Nope, I don't think that's important to the story. I'm not gonna do it.'"

This "rule" makes a lot of sense because sometimes nudity can hurt a scene.

 "I always eat tuna fish and onions first," she joked when asked how she prepares for such intimate scenes.

She added: "I'm kind of used to it by now, but a lot of times the boys that are coming in are worried about, like, are they supposed to just look me in the eyes? What should they do in between takes?"

She found out a way to ease that tension she was talking about above, though.

"I just joke around and try to have some kind of fraternity humor with them so that they don't feel like anything is more awkward than it should be," she said.

However, she does admit: 'But, you know, it is awkward."

"They all turn around and avert their eyes," she said of the crew. "It's very much awkward for everyone."

So there you have it! Emmy has some guidelines for the nude scenes on Shameless and we can probably expect more of those in the upcoming fifth season premiering in 2014.

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