One big family on ‘Shameless’ set, says Monaghan
An advantage of being on a long-running series is familiarity – the actors know one another very well and can anticipate their moves in scenes.
For Cameron Monaghan, Ian Gallagher on Showtime’s Sunday dramedy “Shameless,” that extends to his fight sequences with on-camera sibling Jeremy Allen White, who plays Lip.
“It’s kind of funny because the first couple of years, we would have more choreographed fight scenes,” the Florida native explains. “But then over time, we became comfortable enough with each other where Eddie, our very good stunt coordinator, would basically say, ‘We just want you to kind of like move from here to there … . ‘ And Jeremy and I know each other well enough where we could fight and pull our punches and actually just really wrestle each other and fight each other and make it somewhat real.
“And you know,” he adds with a laugh, “if a couple of punches land lightly, it’s not the end of the world.”
After 10 seasons, “Shameless” has seen plenty of change. Characters and actors – most recently Emmy Rossum’s Fiona – have come and gone, storylines and situations have changed and younger cast have grown into adult actors. But one thing that hasn’t changed for Monaghan over the years is his relationship with his TV siblings.
“It is amazing to see,” Monaghan says, “like Emma (Kenney) and Ethan (Cutkosky), who play my younger siblings Debbie and Carl, they were literally like 9 when we started and now they’re turning 20 and they have houses and stable lives and they take their careers seriously and they’ve grown to such an extent that it is truly amazing to see.”
“It always kind of feels like when we’re hanging on set, we’re still kids,” he continues. “The relationship never truly changes, like we still beat the absolute crap out of each other. We’re literally just constantly smacking each other around and picking each other up and fighting and being brothers and torturing and teasing each other and doing the things that siblings do. And we’re still kids but it’s amazing to see the people that everyone’s grown up into as well.”
Full name: Cameron Riley Monaghan
Birth date: Aug. 16, 1993
Birthplace: Santa Monica, Calif. (but raised in Boca Raton, Fla.)
Family ties: Is the only child of Diane Monaghan, an insurance claims specialist and single mother
Marital status: Single
Other TV credits include: “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Threshold,” “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” “Criminal Minds,” “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide,” “NUMB3RS,” “The Mentalist,” “Monk,” “Fringe,” “The Glades,” “Terriers,” “NCIS,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Mercy Street,” “Son of Zorn,” “Gotham”
Movie credits include: “The Wishing Stone” (2002), “The Music Man” (TV, 2003), “Click” (2006), “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2006), “Dog Gone” (2008), “Another Harvest Moon” (2010), “Prom” (2011), “Vampire Academy” (2014), “Mall” (2014), “Amityville: The Awakening” (2017), “Reign of Superman” (voice; 2019)