Most “Shameless” characters are complex and characterized by eccentricities and peculiar interests, but deep down they mean well. This can be no truer for Sheila Jackson. The first thing viewers will remember about Sheila is her kinky side – her desire for control over her lovers during intimacy.
Yet, there is so much more to her. She is also sweet and has a tender maternal instinct, making her a soft target for others such as Frank Gallagher. A major issue is she suffers from agoraphobia, making her misunderstood by many others around her, but towards the end, she manages to break free.
Though we only saw him for two seasons (season 5 and season 6), when Gus showed up many viewers hoped and prayed that finally, Fiona Gallagher had met the right man — someone who can support her as she supports everyone else. Things were looking good.
The attraction was almost instant between the two. When they got married, things were looking even better. Alas, Gus was not expecting Fiona’s ex to reappear nor for Fiona’s feelings for her boss, Sean, to surface. Things only get worse by Season 6. The last we see of Gus, he is nursing a broken heart.
Steve Kazee (aka Gus Pfender)
Fortunately, Gus Pfender’s life does not resemble the actor, Steve Kazee, who played this role for two seasons. The Kentucky-born actor might look familiar. He has various appearances on TV including on “The Walking Dead” and “The Rookie”. While he does play roles on TV, Kazee is more well-known in theater productions as he is a regular on Broadway.
He has enjoyed success in theater and has even won a Tony Award for “Once” in 2007. Since 2018, the actor has been dating dancer, actress, and "Step Up" star, Jenna Dewan. In 2020 he announced his engagement and welcomed his first child.
Joan Cusack (aka Sheila Jackson)
This actress hardly needs an introduction. With a career span of more than four decades, there are over 80 acting credits in Cusack’s filmography. Standout performances include “Working Girl” for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. A decade later, she was nominated again for an Academy Award for the same role.
She can star in any genre whether it is a comedy like “School of Rock” or something heartfelt like “Where the Heart Is”. Cusack's passions go beyond what is seen on screen, and she is a known political activist, often voicing her anti-war sentiment and her views on other political issues.
Svetlana “Lana” Yevgenivna
When Terry Milkovich learns that his son, Mickey, is gay, he hires Svetlana “Lana” Yevgenivna to change that. Mickey and Lana do marry, and we suspect that Mickey is her son’s, Evgeni, father. But married life proves tense and is short-lived when Mickey is incarcerated.
Fortunately, Lana is a keen businesswoman and ever-resourceful. We are not sure whether she eventually finds happiness, but she proves a key player in managing the bar, Alibi, after V marries Lana to avoid her being deported. Sadly, their marriage doesn't hold up, and Lana ends up facing several government agencies and ultimately marrying an older, senile man.