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Emmy Rossum and Sam Esmail have reasons to celebrate—but not for the reasons one might assume.

Esmail’s USA Network series Mr. Robot received six Primetime Emmy Award nominations Thursday: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama, Outstanding Drama, Outstanding Writing for a Drama, Outstanding Music Composition, Outstanding Casting and Outstanding Sound Mixing.

“The entire team at Mr. Robot is thrilled with our nominations this morning,” he told E! News in a statement. “Today is officially shoot day 80 for season 2 and we couldn’t be happier to hear the news from set. We are humbled and honored to be in the company of such innovative, groundbreaking storytelling. On behalf of the cast and crew who continue to work tirelessly to make this show, as well as USA Network and Universal Cable Productions, thank you to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.”

Esmail also tweeted about the honors, praising actor Rami Malek and composer Mac Quayle. “Congrats to @ItsRamiMalek @macquayle and the rest of the @whoismrrobot team,” he wrote. “Thank you @TelevisionAcad for this wonderful recognition.”

Rossum, who got engaged to Esmail in 2015, tweeted, “So so so proud of you @samesmail !!!!” The Shameless actress’ co-star, Shanola Hampton, also congratulated him—and accidentally implied that the stars were secretly married. “To the genius that is @samesmail CONGRATS on marrying my girl @emmyrossum, oh and on SIX #EmmyNominations!” she tweeted. Rossum responded to the message with a smiley face but provided no additional context.

As such, many of the actress’ Twitter followers assumed she had tied the knot in secret. Rossum laughed off the speculation, though, tweeting to E! News Friday, “hahaha nope not yet!”

Last fall, Rossum played coy about her wedding plans during an interview with E! News’ Marc Malkin. “We’re just chilling for a hot second,” she said. “I’m not even answering my family who asks me. I know everything. I’m just not sharing it…I’m honestly just chilling and enjoying it for now.”

Esmail, 38, began dating Rossum, 29, in 2013 after casting her in his directorial debut, Comet. And though Rossum didn’t receive an Emmy nomination for her work in Showtime’s Shameless, her co-star, William H. Macy, did earn a nod in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category. “I couldn’t be more pleased,” Macy told E! News in a statement Thursday. “As I write this, I’m sitting in my trailer somewhere in South L.A. and we’re doing a wonderful scene in a homeless shelter. Not only do I get to tell these great stories, but I get to act with Emmy Rossum and our stunning cast. I don’t have much to compare it to, but I gotta say, this is a wonderful way to make a living. Thank you fellow Academy members. I blush with pride.”

Malek, meanwhile, also released a statement to after receiving his nomination. He’s up against Bloodline’s Kyle Chandler, Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk, The Americans’ Matthew Rhys, Ray Donovan’s Liev Schreiber and House of Cards’ Kevin Spacey on Sept. 18. “I couldn’t be more honored to receive this nomination,” he said. “To be included among of list of actors whose work I’ve admired for years is truly humbling. I’m so grateful for the brilliant Sam Esmail who brought Elliot to life and has allowed me to play a role one could only dream of. Thank you to the cast, crew, USA Network and Universal Cable Productions. And, of course, to the Academy.”


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Shameless star Emmy Rossum will make her directorial debut in the Showtime drama’s next season.

Rossum will direct the fourth episode of next season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Rossum, 29, has played Fiona Gallagher, the de facto matriarch of the drama’s central dysfunctional family, for over six seasons now. Even though this is her first time adding the title of director to her resume, Rossum’s deft ability to center the show’s drama — especially against heavyweights like co-star William H. Macy — makes us very excited to see what she’ll do with an episode of her own.

Rossum will be the first female cast member to helm an episode of the series. In fact, Macy is the only other cast member to have stepped behind the lens for Shameless (he directed an episode in Season 5). Rossum’s episode is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 23, with Season 7 kicking off earlier that month on Oct. 2.

We’re not the only ones excited to see what Rossum will do behind the camera. Her fiancee Sam Esmail — who will write and direct every episode of his series Mr. Robot this summer — is also expecting great things.


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Emmy Rossum is worried about your balls.

No, that isn’t a double-entendre joke. She literally means your testicles. Rossum is worried about them, and how you might not be taking care of them, or checking them regularly for signs of testicular cancer.

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2015, there will be about 8,430 new cases of testicular cancer in the U.S. alone. And because guys are often reluctant to visit a doctor, many of them will wait until it’s too late to seek treatment.

This is why Rossum—who returns in the Showtime series Shameless this January—joined forces with The Movember Foundation, a global charity devoted to men’s health issues, to raise awareness this month not just about testicular cancer, but also prostate cancer, poor mental health, and just a general lack of physical inactivity.

In other words, the things that kill men that shouldn’t be killing men.

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We called Rossum to talk about these serious issues, but also mustaches and the awesomeness of naps.

Men’s Health: Congratulations on being Movember’s least hirsute celebrity ambassador.

Emmy Rossum: Well thank you. And I didn’t even have to grow out my mustache.

MH: You can do that?

ER: Oh sure. It gets crazy.

MH: What kind of volume? Can you grow a full-on William Taft?

ER: No, nothing like that. I can do maybe three whiskers, tops. Which I tend to grow every three months.

MH: Let’s review all of the major mustache styles, and you tell us what you like and don’t like. Give us a general overview of your personal mustache preferances.

ER: Okay.

MH: What are your thoughts on the Chevron? Are you a fan?

ER: Is that the very skinny one?

MH: No, it’s the big, bushy one.

ER: Like a Burt Reynolds ’stache?

MH: That’s it.

ER: No. I’m into it. I’m into Burt Reynolds as a person and actor, but not that mustache.

MH: Is it the girth involved, or—

ER: I’m a hypochondriac. So I imagine the things that are trapped in the mustache.

MH: Well what about the handlebar mustache? Or the horseshoe mustache?

ER: Are those different things?

MH: They are. But I forget which one goes up and which one goes down.

ER: Here’s my thing with mustaches. I’m into them on other people, just not if I have to touch them with my mouth.

MH: Okay, that’s fair.

ER: I’m into the way they look aesthetically for sure. I’m just not into the feel of them on my face. Nor am I into the incredible acne allergic breakout that I will have on my face from making out with that.

MH: What about something thinner? Like a Dali mustache? Or whatever John Waters has on his face?

ER: I’m into my dog’s mustache. My Yorkie has a mustache that is extremely handsome.

MH: Are you making out a lot with your dog?

ER: No, that’s disgusting.

MH: Sorry, just trying to figure out your mustache perimeters.

ER: I don’t make out with my dog. We’re closed mouth kissers.

MH: What about the toothbrush mustache? Is it ever socially acceptable, or has Hitler ruined that mustache for everybody?

ER: I’m a Jew, so that’s going to rub me the wrong way every time. Although I have a sneaking suspicion that at the end of Movember, all of the guys who shave their mustaches and beards, they’ll definitely walk around their apartments for 10 minuets with the Hitler mustache, to see how it feels, before they go clean shaven.

MH: For Movember, you’ve pledged to do some sort of physical activity every day for the entire month. How are you doing so far?

ER: I think I’ve probably skipped two days. But there hasn’t been a day when I was completely immobile, just laying on the couch. It’s just about creating some small changes in your life that leads to a healthier lifestyle.

MH: How many times would you rather have put metal spikes in your eyes than go to the gym?

ER: Just this month or in life?

MH: In Movember.

ER: Probably three or four times. It can be excruciating. For me, the battle is always about standing up and driving to the place to start the exercise. That’s my problem. Once I get there, I actually feel better. The endorphin rush from working out is amazing. But it’s the getting there part that’s horrible.

MH: How do you force yourself to do it when you really, really, really, really don’t want to?

ER: It’s easier if I have a friend to hold me accountable. If I’m on my own, I can put it off for a half hour and watch one more episode of The Affair before I go to the gym, or maybe I’ll just finish the series and then I’ll do it. But if it’s “Oh I’m meeting Katie at 5 o’clock on Tuesday,” then I would be extremely embarrassed if I cancelled on her. I like having a workout buddy who’s going to hold me accountable.

MH: I’ve heard you mention that your new motto for Sunday is “less brunching and more crunching.”

ER: That’s right.

MH: I have my own Sunday motto. It’s “Stop your creeping, daddy’s sleeping.” Convince me why I should be working out on Sunday morning instead of sleeping in.

ER: Well, it doesn’t have to be at the crack of dawn on Sunday. I generally get moody and kind of sad on Sundays, because the weekend is over. So for me, getting up and doing physical exercise makes me happier, gives me more energy to get more done. It can just be taking a walk around the block with your friends. It doesn’t have to be a full-on spin class to be considered physical exercise.

MH: If I can be the devil’s advocate for a minute, let me tell you some amazing things about beds. Beds are soft and non-judgmental.

ER: Hey, hey, hey!

MH: If you have enough pillows, you can make a mini fortress that completely blocks out the sunlight, so you never know what time it is.

ER: I’m not arguing with any of this!

MH: I think I speak for all Men’s Health readers when I say, “Come back to bed, Emmy.”

ER: We’re on the same page here. I’m with you. I’m a nine hours a night kind of gal. You don’t have to sell me on beds and sleeping.

MH: You’ve pitched the idea on Twitter of a NAPtember. Do we have to wait till next fall to do this?

ER: Not at all. I think every month should be NAPtember. I’m a huge napper, and a huge advocate of napping. My fiancé can’t nap at all. And he’s an insomniac, so that doesn’t help him. I can nap anywhere. 

MH: Anywhere?

ER: I can nap sitting up in a taxi cab. I can sleep before the plane takes off with my feet in the upright position. I could be an Olympic napper.

MH: Let's get back to Movember. The whole point of this thing is to get guys thinking and talking about their health. Why do you think men are so reluctant to take care of themselves?

ER: I just think guys have a hard time talking about their feelings.

MH: How is their health about their feelings?

ER: It’s about being vulnerable. Women talk about this stuff all the time. I just don’t think that when guys are sitting around, having a few beers, watching the Patiots game, they’ll say things to each other like, “Hey, can you check out this mole? Does this look weird to you?” Or stuff like, “I’ve been having chronic headaches, I wonder what that’s about. What do you think that’s about, Dan?” I don’t think men talk about these things like women do.

MH: I don’t think a lot of guys even discuss this stuff with their wives or girlfriends.

ER: And they should be! Listen, for straight men looking to pick up a chick or keep their girlfriend or wife, the sexiest thing is when you talk about your feelings. Tell us everything.

MH: Just health stuff or—?

ER: Anything. “I’m scared of marriage. I’m excited for marriage. I’m scared that my parents are going to die. I have a stomach ache. Do you think this color looks good on me? Am I getting fat?” Literally anything. As long as we feel like you’re being vulnerable, it’s a huge turn on. 

MH: Really?

ER: Trust me. For purely selfish reasons of just you getting laid, I think that would help.

MH: I don’t know. I’m not entirely convinced that my wife’s idea of a sexy night begins with me saying, “I have a stomach ache. Could we talk about how I’m afraid of dying?”

ER: Try it. Even if it’s not for her, you need to talk about these things. Women are much more in tune with their bodies and much more comfortable talking about what can go wrong with them. There’s no good reason why men should have a shorter life expectancy than women. It’s because they don’t talk about symptoms until they’re much further along, when they can’t ignore them anymore. It’s because they don’t go to the doctor.

MH: Have you pestered boyfriends or guy friends to go to the doctor?

ER: All the time.

MH: What’s your tactic?

ER: I usually just go with annoying repetition. “Did you do it yet? Did you do it yet? Did you do it yet? Did you do it yet? Did you do it yet?”

MH: And that works?

ER: It does. A lot of women are like that. We just pester until it happens. I don’t care if they just go to the doctor because they want me to shut up about it. That’s fine, too.

MH: If you called me up randomly and asked me to go to the doctor, I think I’d be more likely to do it.

ER: Me personally?

MH: Yeah. And I suspect a lot of guys feel the same way. Can we start that initiative? “Emmy Rossum Calls Every Guy and Reminds Them To Make a Doctor’s Appointment?”

ER: Every guy?

MH: Not in the world. But, you know . . . every guy in the U.S.

ER: Um.

MH: Is that something you might consider?

ER: It might be more efficient to do a pre-recorded message. And then just text them out in mass.

MH: I really think the personal touch, counts. We need to hear you say our names, if that’s okay.

ER: Well, then let’s at least break it down by name. We’ll start with all the Davids. Then move on to Charles, and then Greg, and then Peter, and then Joshua. We’ll go through the list.

MH: This is going to be great.

ER: Nobody with a quirky name, though. I don’t have that kind of time.

MH: Of course not. You have a job.

ER: That’s right. (Pause.) But I’m free around Christmas though, so I could make some calls.


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