Emmanuelle Rossum is from New York City. She was raised by her mother and has only met her father twice. Diagnosed with ADHD in kindergarten, Rossum eventually dropped out of school to pursue her career. She obtained a GED at 15 and graduated from Columbia University in 2008. At age 11, Rossum appeared on As the World Turns. Her film debut came at age 13 in Songcatcher. Rossum’s breakthrough role was in The Day After Tomorrow but she is perhaps best known for playing on Shameless. She also played in The Phantom of the Opera and was offered record deals to record classical music but turned them down to create a contemporary album. Rossum has been nominated for many awards including a Golden Globe. She married writer and director Sam Esmail in 2017. Rossum has millions of followers on social media. She is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs about 125 lbs.
Emmy Rossum’s Diet
When she was a child, Rossum was diagnosed with Celiac disease, an intolerance to wheat, so she stopped eating it years ago. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t enjoy carbs and she will have gluten-free bread. Overall, Rossum sticks to natural, nutrient-dense foods and takes a pass on the junk. Her diet is full of protein, healthy fats, greens and fiber. She says real food gives her the energy she needs to handle her busy life. She works with celebrity nutritionist Kelly LeVeque.
- Low-Medium Carb 25% 25%
- Medium Fat 30% 30%
- Medium-High Protein 50% 50%
Rise & Shine
Rossum starts her day with coffee and often has some kind of egg dish made with vegetables, which provides protein, healthy fats and plenty of fiber to fuel her day.
Fab Four Plan
Rossum’s nutritionist LeVeque recommends eating more protein, fat, fiber and greens which help you feel satisfied and improve overall health.
Hooray for Healthy Fat
LeVeque had Rossum increase her intake of healthy fats to give longer-lasting energy and speed recovery.
Rossum has not eaten gluten since she was 13. She immediately reacts to it, which provides an easy reminder why she avoids it.
Caution Light on the Dairy
Rossum does not drink straight-up cow’s milk, but she likes cheese and even took a class to learn how to make burrata, a cheese similar to mozzarella.
Rossum loves sushi, Indian food and shakshuka, a Mediterranean egg dish. As for her favorite cheat food: the aptly-named Cheetos.
What to Eat
What to Avoid
Rossum on Wellness
‘I don’t think of it as a diet. I think of it as a way of life. It’s an approach to health. I can have enough energy, not get sick, and do my job.’
Rossum on Milk
‘I went off cow’s milk for my skin and I realized that almost any pimples went away.’
Rossum on Her Favorite Meal
‘I love shakshuka, which are eggs with tomatoes and eggplant and kale.’
Rossum on Breakfast
‘Breakfast is my favorite meal.’
Rossum on her Nutritionist Kelly LeVeque’s Power Shake
‘It’s actually quite delicious. You don’t taste the spinach.’
Rossum on Odd Shake Additives
‘I’m not into bee pollen and stuff like that. It’s too much for me.’
Emmy Rossum’s Fitness Routine
While lots of stars like the one-on-one attention of working with a personal trainer, Rossum says she couldn’t pay for private sessions when she was young, and she now prefers the synergy of a group setting.
Keep It Light
Rossum took ballet as a kid, but says she’s nowhere near a professional. She prefers to not take herself too seriously.
Jump for Health
Rossum likes trampoline work because she says it’s gentler on her joints and it is great for the immune system.
Easy Does It
Rossum will slow down on the exercise when she has a busy work schedule so she has enough energy to get through it all.
Gimme an ‘A’
Rossum likes to dance. She takes AKT, BBS, and anything else with cool initials.
Mix It Up
Rossum takes a different class every day: boxing, trampoline, barre, etc. You name it, she’s tried it.
An Emmy Rossum Routine
Dance, box, jump on a trampoline. Mix it up and do whatever speaks to you and gets your blood pumping. Do something every day.
Rossum on Trampolines
‘Trampoline classes are really good for your lymphatic system and it’s easier on your joints.’
Rossum on Dance Classes
‘It’s for fun and to sweat it out and not take myself too seriously.’
Rossum on Trainers
‘When I was a young actress, I couldn’t afford that, and I really like the group energy and being able to high-five people in the class.’
Emmy Rossum’s Supplements
Rossum is keeping quiet on her supplement choices at the moment, so below are supplements that can benefit anyone following a similar diet.
Rossum routinely works 18-hour days and her commute involves flying back and forth between LA and NYC. Fighting fatigue is a major battle. Melatonin helps with insomnia and disrupted sleep cycles due to jet lag.
Probiotics strengthen the immune system and improve digestion. Rossum also has PCOS, which, left untreated, can lead to type II diabetes.
Rossum works with a nutritionist and is extremely careful about her diet, but supplements can still help alleviate the symptoms of PCOS, including inositol which can improve fertility and reduce anxiety.
Zinc helps manage blood sugar and weight as well as depression. Curcumin and fish oil are both anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant and saffron is another confers anti-depressant effects. Berberine is a traditional Chinese herb used to treat diabetes and the Ayurvedic herb Salacia Oblonga also helps regulate blood sugar.
Emmy Rossum’s Lifestyle
Sleep Is Priority #1
While some stars might skip out on sleep to get more done, Rossum says sleep is critical to her health. She’ll even nap between interviews.
Rossum has 2 dogs and a cat, and they usually wake her up in the morning looking for something to eat.
Rossum likes to keep things simple and save time by brushing her teeth and washing her face in the shower.
Rossum is politically active. She has been a YouthAIDS ambassador and spokesperson for Pinkitude, a line of apparel to raise awareness for breast cancer. She has also appeared in environmental public service announcements, attended a march supporting Proposition 8 in California, and campaigned for pet adoption.
Rossum doesn’t like the pressure to look a certain way, and the way airbrushing and contouring gives people an appearance that is unattainable in reality.
Hormones Gone Haywire
Rossum has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which can cause infertility. It affects at least 7% of reproductive-age women and can cause varied symptoms including weight gain, depression, unwanted hair growth and male-pattern baldness. While not curable per se, it is treatable through a combination of diet, exercise, supplements and other lifestyle changes.
Rossum on Sleep
‘I’m a huge napper.’
Rossum on Herself
‘I’m definitely type A. I’m always overprepared. But I ask for help when I need it.’
Rossum on Using Natural Products
‘I like to make sure that the things I put on my body and on my skin are safe and healthy and not going to create a problem for my skin that I then have to cover up with more makeup.’
Rossum on Beauty
‘I think I’m hungering for a return to naturalism where you can see peoples’ freckles and the lines in peoples’ faces.’
Rossum on Embracing Your Individuality
‘Listen to yourself and your own body…Don’t try to fight the things that are unique about yourself.’
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