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Rossum: I’m not the good girl anymore

Emmy Rossum is embracing sinister roles after years of being typecast in Hollywood as the good girl and credits her US TV series Shameless with helping her to make the switch.

The doe-eyed 26-year-old is known for playing innocent characters in movies like Poseidon and The Day After Tomorrow.

But after years of taking on sweetheart parts, she’s done.

“I got cast as that over and over and over again, and eventually, I thought, ‘Well, screw that,’” she told America’s OK! magazine.

Emmy plays an evil witch named Ridley in new movie Beautiful Creatures.

The role was a welcome change for the star.

"I finally feel confident enough in myself to actually just kind of be pretty bare and just be who I am, but I think I found a lot of comfort in the safety zone of playing good girls for a long time," she explained.

The actress credits her role in US television drama Shameless as helping her to make the switch.

Emmy said something just clicked when she took on the role as Fiona Gallagher.

“I really felt comfortable enough with the people around me to start really pushing myself really hard into different areas of characters and into not having to feel like I was a likable character at all times. And I think that that was a big breakthrough for me,” she explained.

Now that she’s had a taste of a different career trajectory she’s forward to exploring different characters on the big screen.

Whether or not those personas will be dark remains to be seen. Emmy just wants to get out of her comfort zone.

"I definitely have that in me, but I think everybody has everything in them. You have the ability to kill. You have the ability to love,” she said, adding, “It's just a question of feeling comfortable enough to access them.”

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