Former “Shameless” star Emmy Rossum has taken on a new TV project about a Los Angeles icon.
In a new Peacock television series, Rossum plays “Angelyne,” a memorable woman known from commercials.
A Hollywood Reporter profile says that Rossum spent hours putting on breast prostheses every day.
Actress Emmy Rossum stars in a new Peacock television series called “Angelyne,” named after a woman who gained fame in Los Angeles for being a “billboard queen.” To transform into the ’80s icon, Rossum spent up to five hours in the makeup chair having heavy prosthetic breasts applied to her chest.
In a new Hollywood Reporter profile on the star, journalist Mikey O’Connell writes that “Rossum got blisters from fake breasts and suffered tear duct problems from wearing two pairs of contact lenses and oppressive eye makeup.” during filming.”
Rossum, who has been the “champion” of the series from the beginning, showed up to a key business meeting with NBC Universal in full suit, three-pound fake boobs and all.
“The physicality of the character was challenging,” Rossum told The Hollywood Reporter. “The body is heavy, but it has to feel light and effervescent.”
Rossum is an executive producer of the show through her company Composition 8. Her husband, “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail, is also an executive producer of “Angelyne.”
“When I say there are times I didn’t recognize her because I was lost in this person, I mean it,” Esmail told The Hollywood Reporter. “She This is my wife I’m talking about. She’s kind of creepy.”
Angelyne, who was born Ronia Tamar Goldberg in 1950, became a recognizable fixture in Los Angeles life when she paid for a series of billboards to be built in the California city in 1984. The billboards featured Angelyne posing in lingerie with her name spelled in hot pink letters.
She was known for driving her hot pink Corvette around town, and more than once she dabbled in everything from acting to singing to running for governor in California. In 2017, The Hollywood Reporter published a story revealing Angelyne’s true identity, describing her as “the locally raised daughter of Holocaust survivors, a Jew who found refuge in the shiksa.”
Rossum became interested in telling Angelyne’s story in a limited series after reading the 2017 article, and five years later he has achieved his goal.
The limited series “Angelyne” premieres on NBC’s streaming app Peacock beginning Thursday, May 19.
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