You mentioned you started at a very young age with a role in a major motion picture. What has been your favorite role to date? 

You know you get asked that a lot. It is a hard question to answer because it is like trying to choose your favorite child if you are a parent or your favorite pet, whatever. Playing Jerome in ‘Gotham’ is an interesting opportunity because it is a character that is extremely close to my heart. I grew up reading comics and specifically Batman comics. That is my favorite villain in any sort of medium, written, film or otherwise.


                                         My love flew like a butterfly

                                 Until death swooped down like a bat

                             As the poet Emma Montana McElroy said:

                                            “Thats the end of that.”

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Öyle işte.
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Kötü biriymişim gibi…
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Yalnızlık bitmiyor hiç.
Nefes alamıyorsun.
En kötüsüde geçmiyor.
Ne olursa olsun geçmiyor.

The new season of ‘Shameless’ is upon us. You have played this character for 7 years. What is one thing that playing this character has added to your life?

I find Ian to be a tremendously empathetic character. He cares about his family, he cares about people. He cares about succeeding, and wanting to become something, to break out of where he came from. He is a person who really does care about stuff. That is what I find really interesting about him, he is vulnerable. He is not traditionally cool, he fails a lot. He doesn’t always succeed.

So you like playing a psychotic genius.

Yes, I guess so. I think there is something very attractive there in its ugliness. There is a beauty in the ugliness of that character. The purity of how awful he is. I don’t know if that is my favorite, but it was extremely difficult. Something I found attractive about it, about the role, was the amount of pressure I put on myself because I was playing to an audience in a role that is known. The role has a precedent set by incredible actors. Beyond that It has been a pleasure playing Ian Gallagher on ‘Shameless’ for 7 years. Being with a character that long is such a unique thing. That is something truly incredible about being able to experience a character for that long. You grow with the character and come to really understand them in the long term. Normally you never have the opportunity as an actor to be able to do it.