At 15, Cameron Monaghan landed the role of Ian Gallagher. It might have been a daunting prospect for the young actor, but Monaghan had plenty of onscreen experience at this point. Monaghan started out as a child model at three. At seven years old, he had his first commercial.
His true breakthrough came when he landed the role of Chad in “Malcolm in the Middle”. There were probably countless broken hearts when the public learned that Monaghan was not gay in real life. For two years he dated Peyton List, but after their split, he started dating LA model, Lauren Searle.
Jeremy Allen White (aka Lip Gallagher)
You might recognize this face from recent releases like "The Bear," Dave Franco’s horror film “The Rental”, and Hannah Mark’s “After Everything”. Before joining the “Shameless” cast, Jeremy Allen White had slowly built a name for himself in the acting world.
His first big appearance was the young Clive in “Beautiful Ohio”. Though he was a committed dancer in his teens, he had a change of heart and chose acting over dancing. Right out of high school, he landed the role of Lip Gallagher. In 2019, White married his former “Afterschool” co-star, Addison Timlin. The celebrity couple has two daughters.
As the third Gallagher child, Ian contently accepts being the middle child. He has a big heart and wants the best for his family; he has big dreams for himself and hopes to become a paratrooper. Over time, he finds the strength to open up about being gay.
However, there is always one thing stopping Ian from making it happen – and that may be Ian himself. Cursed with bad decision-making and desiring tortuous relationships, Ian is his own worst enemy. That, however, does not stop audiences (and his brother Lip) from rooting for him and wanting him to succeed.
As the seasons progress, Debbie, the fourth-oldest child, quickly transformed before our very eyes. Debbie has one major weakness, she will do anything to have a family – or in her case, get a family. Though she has plenty of good traits like being trusting and kind-hearted, she is dangerously selfish.
She deceives her love interest and her deceit results in teenage pregnancy. Like her siblings, life is not easy for Debbie, but she does not make it easier for herself. If she was born into a different family, there's a chance things would have looked different, but obviously, the show wouldn't have been the same.
Emma Kenney (aka Debbie Gallagher)
Landing the role of Debbie Gallagher at 9 years old was an incredible breakthrough for Emma Kinney. The actress spent almost half of her life being a member of the "Shameless" ensemble. This means she got her big break as a working actress at an age most stars could only dream of, and that she literally grew up on camera.
Kenney is remaining single right now to focus on her career, but in an interview with Vulture, the actress admitted to having once had a crush on her “Shameless” co-star and on-screen brother, Lip Gallagher played by Jeremy Allen White.