Emma Kenney, who plays Debbie Gallagher on the hit Showtime series Shameless, has announced that she will be taking a break from Hollywood to seek treatment for her battles.
While she did not specify what those battles were, when talking to In Touch she said, “I’m going to get help and make better choices.”
In an incredibly responsible and self aware statement to Entertainment Weekly, the 18 year old said she “was running with a really fast crowd. I was being naive and very immature, and I was doing things I should not be doing because it was illegal and I’m not 21.”
Hollywood has seen countless child actors succumb to the pressures of the industry, and in order to avoid becoming like many before her Emma stated, “I knew that I needed to stop it.”
Emma has worked on Shameless since 2010 when she was just 10 years old. Shameless has become one of one of Showtime’s most successful and most watched shows, running for eight seasons.
Emma was also cast as Harris Conner in the wildly successful reboot of the American sitcom Roseanne, which premiered to an audience of over 18 million. Within a week the show was renewed for a second season.
There’s no word yet as to how long Emma will be stepping away from the industry, or whether or not she will be returning for season two of Roseanne.
hello & goodbye (for a bit) ive decided to take a break from social media and LA for a minute. this sounds so cliche but this town/industry can really get to you. going to re-find my peace happiness✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨xo emma 🌹 pic.twitter.com/6OWCDNrAW0
— Emma Kenney (@EmmaRoseKenney) April 9, 2018