Born on the wrong side of the tracks and sister in the Milkovich family – the only family poorer than the Gallaghers – all the odds seem well stacked against Mandy Milkovich. Like many of the “Shameless” characters, they mean well but often their circumstances get the better of them.
Mandy’s background is rough, to say the least. Her reputation is not exactly stellar, but for a while she makes a deal with Ian, pretending to be his girlfriend or “beard” so that no one would suspect him of being gay. Sadly, Mandy wants any chance just to be someone’s girlfriend.
In season 5, we meet Debbie Gallagher’s new love interest, Derek Delgado. At least that is how Debbie sees it. After Holly and Debbie get into a fight, Derek and Debbie first meet. It is head-over-heels instantly for Debbie, but not quite the same for Derek. The two become friends after Debbie signs up for boxing lessons at his gym.
Soon, Debbie and Derek begin a relationship, ultimately leading to Debbie falling pregnant. We might add that Debbie intentionally stopped taking the pill and tricked Derek by telling him she was still on the pill. Obviously, Derek was not pleased.
Luca Oriel (aka Derek Delgado)
Not much is known about this young actor, but he certainly caught our attention as Debbie Gallagher’s love interest and Franny Gallagher’s father in “Shameless”. For two seasons Oriel played the role of Derek Delgado, but the part was recast in season 8 and Damien Diaz finally took over the role.
This is not to imply that Oriel has gone completely unnoticed. We have spotted him as the actor who played Drummer Boy in Amazon Prime’s superhero show “The Boys.” “Shameless” did put him on the map and since the series, he had the main role in “The Devil’s Whisper”.
After taking over from Jane Levy, who left at the end of season 1, Emma Greenwall portrayed the complex Mandy Milkovich. Incredibly, that was her first-ever acting role! She did a superb job with her portrayal of Mandy — a girl who just could not get a break no matter how hard she tried.
Before “Shameless”, Greenwall had parts like Claudia in “True Blood” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”. From 2011 to 2014, Greenwall and her co-star Jeremy Allen White had a relationship. Onscreen, Greenwall’s character did not have much luck with White’s Lip, but offscreen they had a blossoming romance.
At the beginning of “Shameless”, no one would suspect the sweet-natured Karen Jackson of becoming a manipulative, self-centered individual who uses people to get her way. After her father, Eddie Jackson, abandons her and her OCD-agoraphobic mother, Sheila Jackson, it is up to Karen to take care of her mother.
However, by the end of Season 1, everything gets a little too much for her, especially her father’s harsh judgment of her not-so-pure history. Karen continues an intimate relationship with Lip Gallagher, but her tempestuous nature starts to get the better of her, and things around her slowly begin to unravel.