Emmy Rossum was well-versed in the task at hand. In Peacock’s new limited series, the Shameless alum takes on the mysterious billboard legend, Angelyne. Emmy is completely unrecognizable in her latest part, from her voluminous platinum blonde hair to her blue contacts, big prosthesis boobs, and high-pitched voice.
“I’ve known stardom was my destiny since I was a little girl.” In the trailer, Angelyne states, “Huge, tremendous fame.” Angelyne achieves the recognition she’s always desired as billboards showing her begin to appear throughout Los Angeles. But popularity brings with it a slew of inquiries, many of which Angelyne refuses to answer.
“Contrary to popular belief, I am a very private person.” Angelyne admits, “People should respect that.” Angelyne is also referred to be the “devil in disguise” in the teaser, with characters claiming that “money is her bottom line, not people.”
So, who exactly is Angelyne? Angelyne is in her natural state. This is what the show will attempt to explain. Angelyne was a trailblazer in a pre-social media era, regardless of what she was willing (or not willing) to say.
“As a culture, we are expanding our sense of identity, and this story raises big questions.” Are we characterized by the events of our lives? Can we, on the other hand, define ourselves? To self-actualize, to accept and appreciate who we are on the inside, and to live the reality that feels most accurate.
Can there ever be a single true story when everyone’s experience of reality and truth is unique? I’ve been thinking, living, and breathing this project for the greater part of four years. Angelyne is one of my favorite actresses.
She looks like Marilyn Monroe mixed with an 80s punk Barbie Doll and a dash of new age spirituality and baked in an easy bake oven. She’s a trailblazer, a hustler, a visionary, the first influencer, and a living, breathing work of art. Here’s a sample of the show. Emmy stated in a statement, “I hope you fall in love with her magic.”
Rossum initially hinted at her change in January when she shared a simple Polaroid of herself wearing a blonde wig. She also told THR that “the riddle that is Angelyne has always interested me,” which brought her to the project in the first place.
Angelyne is also Rossum’s first role since Season 9 of Showtime’s long-running Shameless. Showtime just revealed that Season 11 would be the final season of the show, which Rossum learned about via Twitter.
It’s unknown whether Rossum’s Fiona Gallagher will return in the show’s final season, which will premiere this summer. While Fiona wasn’t killed off, Gary Levine, Showtime’s co-president of entertainment, told Deadline in January that it was “too early to say.”
“We’d welcome her with open arms, but Emmy owes us nothing. She performed a fantastic job for the show, and they parted on friendly terms. It would be wonderful if she surprised us.”
Meanwhile, Freeman will star in the upcoming FX sitcom Breeders and contribute his voice to a darker adaptation of Charles Dickens‘ A Christmas Carol. Of course, he’ll reprise his role as K. Everett Ross in Marvel’s Black Panther II, which is set to hit theaters in 2022.
In the exciting new teaser for Peacock’s limited series “Angelyne,” Emmy Rossum is completely unrecognizable, her face buried beneath prosthetics.
The show is about “fame, identity, survival, billboards, Corvettes, lingerie, men, women, women teasing men, men obsessed with women, West Hollywood, crystals, UFOs, and most importantly, the self-proclaimed Rorschach test in the pink, glow-in-the-dark queen of the universe, Angelyne,” according to the official synopsis. It will be available to stream on Peacock beginning May 19th.