Shameless Stars Reflect on Emotional Season Finale, Ponder Fiona and Jimmy's Future

Warning: This post contains spoilers from the Season 2 finale of Showtime’s Shameless. If you haven’t watched, avert your eyes now!

In the midst of a heartbreaking episode, Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin were the light at the end of the tunnel.

Although Fiona and Jimmy’s (née Steve) official reunion wasn’t a surprise to anyone, their on-again relationship — paired with Lip’s return at the end of the hour — left the mood for the already-ordered Season 3 very hopeful. Here, the scene partners dish about this season’s intense final few episodes, their undeniable chemistry and what they hope to see next.

TVLINE | There was the big “I love you” scene after the very sad beginning of the finale. Fiona and Jimmy are seemingly finally happy — do you think that will last?
EMMY ROSSUM | I think that Jimmy has shown himself to be kind of reliable in kind of a backwards, unexpected way. I think that people say they love you, but then when she actually gives it to him, let’s see how he reacts. It will be interesting to see who he is when we come back next season, and what their relationship is.
JUSTIN CHATWIN | They’ve never fully been committed to each other — it’s always been one foot in, one foot out — so even if they do start communicating and having some sort of healthy relationship — which will never happen because then there would be no show [Laughs] — it will be interesting to see where their dynamic goes. I think a lot of their connection has been charged through the excitement and the sexual chemistry and the obstacles. I personally can’t even see what other obstacles you could come up with, but then again I didn’t see them coming up with the obstacle of a Brazillian wife, and you know, importing someone to the States in a crate.

TVLINE | Although the episodes leading into it were intense, the finale itself felt pretty mellow. Did you sense that when you were filming it, or was it like a typical Shameless episode?
[Executive producer] John [Wells] took his time with the episode; he said to “breathe, walk, feel and discover” in all the scenes, which is different. The pace that we [typically] go is like a speedball — you don’t really have time to process anything, or sit or feel or think — so it was interesting. I like [the finale’s] pace, but Shameless wouldn’t be Shameless if it wasn’t rocket-fast.
ROSSUM | A lot of the fireworks were in Episode 11, but I hope that Monica going back to her life as a lesbian and leaving Frank and the family was the last straw. I like the way that Steve — or I guess you now call him Jimmy — stepped up to the plate to deal with the crisis. The scene where she’s cleaning the blood up off of the floor, and for him to see her in her most vulnerable state, literally covered in her own mother’s blood, was very intense. I liked that he was so strong for her, and I felt like it was kind of like a rebirth for the family.

TVLINE | How difficult was it to shoot that scene?
ROSSUM | When we did the scene where Monica is cutting herself, we didn’t see the “blood spray” until the cameras were actually rolling, so it was very shocking, scary and incredibly life-like; the tubes were underneath this fake bit of skin that they had pasted onto her. And at this point, after five months of non-stop shooting, I’m exhausted. When you’re at that kind of tenuous place, it can only take imagining my own mother and the blood pouring out of her body to send me into hysterics.
CHATWIN | I don’t have to prepare — I work with Emmy Rossum. I mean, I just look at what she’s doing, and it’s there.

TVLINE | Looking toward Season 3, what would you like to see, both for your characters and the rest of the cast?
ROSSUM | I want to see her do something with her GED, and I love that Lip’s home now. And as he keeps getting older, it will be easier for Fiona to try to figure out what she wants for herself. I think I want to see Jody and Sheila get married, too; they are such a bizarre, bizarre, sexually strange couple — I find them very interesting. I think it would be interesting to see where Frank is in all of this. Is he moving back into our house? How is Fiona going to feel about that?
CHATWIN | I know that if I had any ideas about where I wanted the story to go next season, our writers and John Wells would have ideas that were 100 times better than mine. In my opinion, their sick, demented minds are the best of the best in cable television. And I am very willing to be their puppet. [Laughs]

TVLINE | Do you think Steve is ready to be Jimmy for good, taking his “real” persona back on?
I think Steve really thrives on that excitement, on that adrenaline. I’m really interested to see what happens if you do drop him down into a vulnerable, real relationship. If Fiona ever went, “Alright, let’s do it. Let’s get married. Let’s move out of here, just me and you. Let’s start a real family,” I wonder if he would stick around? It would definitely put their love to the test.
ROSSUM | I think he has to start from the beginning now, because she doesn’t really know who Jimmy is. We see her kind of meet his family, and I love Harry Hamlin and Ian Gallagher’s storyline. I think the fact that [Hamlin] is Jimmy’s dad is just hysterical. I’d like to see that relationship continue, because I think Harry Hamlin is wonderful in that role; he and Ian are just so awkwardly interesting.

TVLINE | When Harry Hamlin is at that bar, and then later you see him at the restaurant as Jimmy’s dad, it was very shocking. Were you surprised?
ROSSUM | Yeah! When we were at the table read, we didn’t know who was cast, and then Harry Hamlin walked into the room. I was like “What?! Isn’t he married to Lisa Rinna? What is happening right now?!” [Laughs] And then that, him being Jimmy’s dad, I was just like, “Shut up!”

TVLINE | And Hamlin’s character, Ned/Lloyd, is a lot like Jimmy. Or is Jimmy a lot like him with the name games? Chicken and the egg here.
ROSSUM | Yeah, he’s going by false names too. Apparently it’s just a thing they do — it runs in the family; their family’s just f–ked up.
CHATWIN | It will be interesting to see what other double lives Jimmy has repeated, just like his father.

TVLINE | You two have been working together for a while now. Do you still have awkward moments filming certain scenes?
CHATWIN | No. We have chemistry! We have chemistry that I’ve never had with any actress, the kind you can’t create, you can’t buy. It’s just… we have something that’s indescribable with words. It’s really special, and I am so grateful for it. I don’t even know what it is. I don’t even like to talk about it — I just appreciate it what we have.
ROSSUM | I don’t think we’ve ever had an awkward moment. I feel more awkward with the other people they throw in that I don’t know as well, like when I worked with [guest stars] James Wolk and Taylor Kinney this season. I call it going “full peen,” so I tease boys on set, even if they’re just a guest star, like, “Are you gonna go full peen?” They’re like, “What is that?” and I’m like, “Oh, you’ll find out!” [Laughs] I feel more awkward when somebody else is naked than when I’m naked, but when Jody was full-frontal, I realized how awkward everyone else must feel when I’m naked.

TVLINE | What do you like most about the Jimmy/Fiona dynamic? What do you like best about them?
I love the push and pull; I love how they tease each other; I love how they can hate each other and love each other at the same time. It feels very real to me. I like how they talk to each other. I think it’s just really well written, although I have told the writers that I don’t want it to be like that show that goes on for six years with the characters struggling to be together. Like, either have them together or don’t have them together — freakin’ make a decision! Our show has only been on for two seasons, so I’m OK with the back-and-forth so far. I hate when my favorite shows toy with my emotions with the characters — “Are they together? Are they not together?” — like that Meredith Grey and McDreamy thing [early on in Grey’s Anatomy]. I think it would be more interesting to see how a real relationship develops and how you fall in and out of love, because I think they do have that connection.

TVLINE | Especially with the obstacles they’ve faced and overcome in the last three episodes. He steps up to the plate and shows Fiona he will be there no matter what, especially at her lowest.
And in that sense, if you have a guy who is adorable and will clean your mother’s blood up off the floor and not run away when you know, your mother slits her wrists at Thanksgiving, that’s a pretty cool guy.

TVLINE | Last question: A fan wants to know if there will be a Dragonball Evolution 2….
ROSSUM | Dragonball 2…. Gosh, I hope not! [Laughs] Only because I can’t see Justin getting back in that outfit. That was definitely a moment in time.
CHATWIN | Oh no! [Laughs] It’s like this ongoing joke that will never die, the fact that we did that movie.

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  1. rebecca says:

    loved the “i love you” scene. huge fan of Fiona & Jimmy/Steve. Interesting twist with Ian and Steve’s dad, did not see that coming.

  2. jules says:

    Really, really fantastic show. All of the actors have such great chemistry and are perfectly cast in their roles. Joan Cusak needs some kind of nomination for some kind of acting award, like yesterday. She is amazing!!

  3. Mick says:

    In the original Yours, Mine and Ours the father gives his stepdaughter a whole speech about what love is, explaining that love is waking up and dealing with the dreary, boring monotony of everyday life as well as supporting each other through the big events. That scene where they are cleaning up the blood reminded me of that speech and showed me, as a viewer that they loved each other.

  4. Megan says:

    LOVELOVE Emmy and Justin. That was a great quote about their chemistry by Justin. It’s off the charts. Their relationship on the show is one of my favorites ever. Thanks for this great interview!

    • BSW says:

      I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jimmy & Fiona. Love the Justin-Emmy chemistry too — please God let them be dating in real life they are so perfect together.

      I finally forgave her for rejecting Gerry Butler in Phantom (as if!) when she and Justin had the reunion last night — put a smile on my face.

      Also — love for Lip&Estafania and Sheila/Jody. Performances by both Jeremy and Joan are off the charts great.

  5. will i was says:

    I really enjoyed the scene at the end with Lip and Estefania. Mostly because Estefania hot and I want her to stay on the show, but also because I think she’d be good for Lip. Also for the first time since she appeared on the show I actually liked Monica, but then she had to go and run off with Dharma. Can’t wait for season 3 (especially if Estefania sticks around).

    p.s. I (like many) hope Karen doesn’t come back for a while. No offense to Laura Wiggins, I just want to see Lip be free of her for a while… and I’m afraid that if she comes back she’ll make Estefania leave. Which, as I’ve made pretty clear, would upset me greatly.

  6. Sean D says:

    TV LINE! Can you please tell me that Laura Slade Wiggins is returning for the third season? I love her and Karen so dearly; fandoms are so tough on complicated female characters.

  7. A says:

    I’m so glad we already know Mickey will be back as a regular next season. I get that Ian has daddy issues and that’s why he hooks up with older guys… but after Kash, I’m already bored with it. So I hope they don’t drag out Ian/Steve’s dad for too long. Let Ian get in a relationship with someone closer to his age.

  8. pria says:

    Loved this episode! Congratulations to the amazing work of everyone involved in the show. Tere’s nothing like it on tv. Hopefully Emmy Rossu gets recognized at the Emmys this season.

  9. Eliza says:

    So in love with this show. The entire cast is fantastic!

    And I am a BIG fan of Fiona and Steve/Jimmy. When they found Monica and Steve was the one who immediately jumped in to help; Then later was there for the blood clean up…. be still my heart.
    Please do not mess with them too much, writing team!

  10. kingfree says:

    I love shameless its a great show in season 3 I hope lip gets to be with estefania and stay together and Karen comes back and tries to break them up but can’t I think fiona should get pregnant by jimmy and see how it plays out

  11. Amanda Fields says:

    Wow at dinner Fiona you show your chops oh my all they can handle

  12. Erika says:

    I waited forever for Dragon Ball to come out on the big screen, regardless glad it was these two that were the ones that did it! Shameless is unbelievable and jaw dropping every episode, so ecstatic its back for season 3!

  13. chris says:

    I’m from england and really like shameless US but it is just not as funny as the UK original. Emmy rossum is fantastic as fiona though! More comedy in s3 plz!!

    • Johnny says:

      I loved it when Fiona said they all leave and jimmy said he wouldn’t Man that would bring a tear to a glass eye lol . I love the show and I really hope fee & Jim stay together there such a perfect couple. PS Emmy your so hot xx

  14. JoMarch says:

    I hate Shameless. How can you people watch such dysfunctional repulsive people week after week? Are you as screwed up as they are? Yuck!

    • paty says:

      so sorry…not every family is as functional as you…dumba$$

    • will says:

      If you hate it why are you reading about it? Its a funny show, go be a good samaritan somewhere else.

    • Heather says:

      LOL yet you took the time out of your very functional life/day to write this comment! Get a life everyone has dealt with or can relate to some of the issues in this show now matter how perfect a life they think they lead

  15. justinarose says:

    I love them ….I had a childhood like Fiona , I wish I had found a Jimmy Steve.

  16. Ms. Chanandler Bong says:

    Jimmy Steve! I love this show. It’s madness

  17. Happykat says:

    When I watched the pilot episode, I was turned off by the dysfunction, but I came back and I’m glad I did. Though at time far out, truth of this show was made evident in the scene where Jimmy and Fiona suspended their reunion to care for the wounded Debbie and Carl. That is what we do for those we love. Fiona will keep on holding things together but I suspect she won’t be alone any more.

  18. rebecca s says:

    Love this interview. What does Justin mean when he says “interesting to see what other double lives Jimmy is leading. Spoiler? What IS up with their chemistry. Emmy says they are bff in real life. No such thing as platonic bff!

    • bruce chandler says:

      totally agree about their chemestry if.the bbf is true, then who bugered it up they seem perfect together.em saw justin in early may in canada before she went os. best friend make the best unions .the way they talk and look at each other,they seem to be acting out real life in shamless afraid to committ -they are seldon seen together in pictures side by side

  19. Josh says:

    Best show on television right now. I tell EVERYONE to watch it and i call my friends right after every episode to discuss the craziness from every episode.

    Favorite character is Sheila ! She should win an emmy she is freaking unbelievable and hilarious i just want to give her a hug ! haha

    I love the Ian/ Steve’s Dad storyline and would love to see them in a relationship. It would be so cute to see Ian spoiled by him, and he’s way nicer then Mickie! I hope in season 3 they explore Ian’s sexual side more because I find those scenes really exciting !

    Love Fiona and Steve ! Please keep them together ! :)
    Also, I love Lip and the mexican girl haha theyre so cute !

  20. bruce chandler says:

    mm as fiona,you have become an actors step is to put fiona into your sining all your life has been about perfection, now you have the x are the heart and soal of the gallagers.maybe a song at the alibi ,season 3.could be interesting – a number of great money managers await in the great cast. big fan from down under

  21. Daisy says:

    M husband and I are completely hooked up with shameless.story line is great. I love the Fiona.Jimmy/Steve. To see how thier relationship evolve to serious and real would be interesting to warch.

  22. michelle says:

    when does season 3 start on austar??

  23. bruce chandler says:

    justin and emmy will never be together as he said she is his fovourate jewess and on set romance there is love without any hangups their chemestry is a joy to watch, in her real world her father a non jew let them down .emmy should listen to john lennon his song imagine

  24. Becca says:

    I love Shameless US almost more than I love Shameless UK, and while I love Fiona/Steve Jimmy, they will just never match the chemistry of the original Fiona and Steve. Anne-Marie Duff and James McAvoy were just so perfect.

  25. leslie says:

    Does anyone know when or where i can watch the whole season 2? Ive only watch the first ep. of season 2.

  26. Jody's Penis says:

    this show kicks ASS. cant get enough