Emmy Rossum has way more talent than you. No offense, but it’s just a fact. While most of us were still sticking carrot sticks up our noses, 7-year-old Emmy was in New York’s Metropolitan Opera singing with greats like Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. We were still having trouble mastering “I’m A Little Teapot” at that stage. And then at the ripe old age of 12 the precocious tween switched career paths and took up acting, getting herself an agent before graduating high school…which she did at 15! She went on to study at Columbia University while appearing in films like Songcatcher, Mystic River, and portraying a young Audrey Hepburn in a 2000 made-for-TV movie.
Emmy broke into the showbiz big time with her role as Christine in the 2004 silver screen version of Phantom of the Oprah, and she’s stayed in the A-List limelight ever since. More recently she’s made us laugh (and cry) as Fiona Gallagher on Showtime’s Shameless and just wrapped filming for the movie adaption of Beautiful Creatures, due out next year! So the big question is: How can someone with all of that talent also be so gorgeous!? Life can be unfair like that. Emmy celebrates her 26th birthday today, so in honor of the special occasion we’ve assembled her 26 Most Shameless-ly Sexy Looks ever. Enjoy!