The South Side is abuzz with excitement and fresh faces. The more the merrier! Here’s a closer look Shameless‘ season seven additions. Warning: I use the adjective “love” too much in this article. I’m feeling it, I’m doing it. Let’s go.
Sue (Alicia Coppola)
Sue is my spirit animal. Seriously, she’s my girl. Remember when Sex and the City was all the rage and viewers would excitedly exclaim, “I’m a Carrie” or “I’m a Charlotte” eager to align themselves with the character they identified with the most? I’m a Sue. When faced with a challenge in life I silently consider “What would Sue do?” before moving forward. Ok, I’m full of shit on that one, but I really do love Sue.
Sue is equal parts firecracker and nurturer. She’s strong, independent, and really cares about Ian. Her no nonsense attitude and sharp wit makes her a joy to watch. Sue’s hilarious storytelling and propensity to give solid advice has me hanging onto her every word. I realize that it may be narcissistic to say “I’m a Sue” and then wax poetic about how awesome she is, but us “Sues” are nothing if not confident, right?
Alicia Coppola is fantastic in this role. I often forget she is acting because her portrayal is just so natural. She’s done a solid job straddling the brashness of Sue’s “one of the boys” attitude and the tenderness of a motherly figure. She and Cameron Monaghan have strong chemistry that makes it easy to believe their bond.
Sierra (Ruby Modine)
Remember when I admitted that Lip Gallagher simultaneously pisses me off and breaks my heart? If you don’t, you can read all about it in my previously published Lip related mental breakdown. What can I say? He drags it out of me. After a slew of unhealthy relationships, Lip needs a good woman in his life to kick his ass. I nominate Sierra for the job.
I’m very into Sierra. The more I learn about her, the better I like her. She’s a single mom, busting her butt to give her kid a good life. She watches out for her brother who is physically and mentally handicapped. Fiona can rely on her because she has demonstrated that she’s a dependable, hard worker.
Sierra’s independent. I love when she told Lip that she doesn’t want “casual” guys hanging around her kid too much. In other words, step it up or you’re staying at arms length. She puts her kid first and that’s awesome. Plus, I’ll be painfully superficial and say that she’s mega hot. I hope that Lip realizes that Sierra is wife material sooner rather than later. I’m not saying dude needs to propose, but he should attempt to lock it down in some capacity because she is the best thing to happen to him in a while.
Ruby Modine has been a grounding force this season. She’s able to vacillate between being a backbone for Fiona at Patsy’s and a sexy minx for Lip with ease. Her performance is subtle but driving, demonstrating her ability to move plot points with effortlessness. She’s a gem (sorry I had to) and she shines. I could also go with “Shine on you crazy… Ruby.” Either way, you get it.
Sergeant Luther Winslow (Peter Macon)
I know he was technically introduced in season six, but let me have this; Luther is the love of my life. I’m clearly exaggerating, that designation belongs to my husband and babies, but I do love me some Luther. I could not be happier with the bond that he and Carl are building. Carl is benefiting greatly from Luther’s fatherly interest and its obvious Luther is enjoying the relationship as well. Every kid needs a Luther. They need someone to believe in them, give a crap, ride them when they need it, and just be there. I love the snappy banter they share. I’m obsessed with this story-line. Team Luther forever.
Peter Macon is the man. I’d love to see him stick around Shameless for the long haul. Did you know he won an Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 2002 for Animated Tales of the World? Badass.
Neil (Zack Pearlman)
When Debbie and Franny/Harry fell into Neil’s lap I knew that Shameless magic was at work. Three redheads, one wheel chair, how serendipitous! I know we just recently met Sierra’s brother, but I’m enjoying Neil’s character immensely. With quotes like “I like your juicy booty,” and “your ass makes up for your small tits” rolling off his tongue like poetry, I’m going to need a lot more Neil in my life. Debbie needs to get her ass together and if it takes a truth-telling paraplegic pervert to help her do so, so be it. I’m in.
Zack Pearlman has awesome comedic timing and is a great addition to the show. Emma Kenney is a talented actress and it will be fun to see her flex her jocular chops and play off Zack.
Frank’s Whack Pack
No offense (“some taken”), but you all need to go. I’m sure you are all lovely people but if I hear one more person call Frank, “Daddy Frank,” I may lose my mind. You’re victims of circumstance. I understand.
Trevor (Elliot Fletcher)
Last but certainly not least is Trevor. I’m all about Trevor. Confession time, I purposely saved Trevor for last worried that if I put him first and sang his praises, I would piss off a bunch of fans and they wouldn’t read the rest of my article. You see, many fans are in quite the tizzy over Ian and Trevor’s blossoming relationship. I’ll get into that after I take you all to church about Trevor for a minute.
Trevor is self- assured and positive. He is surrounded by friends and wholly embraces the LGBTQ+ community that he is so proud to be a part of. Trevor is patient with Ian, open to being teacher, friend and lover. He’s sexy and oozes magnetism. He keeps Ian on his toes both challenging him and supporting him. He’s light, fun and well adjusted. In other words, I freaking love Trevor. I really do.
Here’s the deal, the ghost of Mickey haunts all of Ian’s romantic relationships. Many fans want to see Trevor as a friend to Ian rather than a love interest. I say, why can’t he be both? It’s important to be friends with your partner. It makes the relationship stronger. For now, Mickey is in jail and as far as Ian knows he is not getting out for 8-15 years. Ian was going to move on and why not do it with someone as wonderful as Trevor?
The fans are aware that Mickey will be coming back into Ian’s life in some capacity in upcoming episodes. The thing is, Ian doesn’t know that yet. Ian’s life is about to get shook and I can’t wait. As I’ve written before, I am a total Gallavich girl. I want to see Ian and Mickey be endgame. That doesn’t mean Trevor has to disappear. I’d love to see Trevor stick around and move into that friend role. He can be a groomsman in the Gallavich wedding (a girl can dream). He’d look great in a tux!
Elliot Fletcher has done a damn fine job bringing Trevor to life. He’s so believable in the role that I’m not sure where Elliot begins and Trevor ends. He is great actor and fun to watch. That being said, Elliot is NOT Trevor. Some fans need to understand that Shameless is fiction. Elliot is doing his job and doing it well. Keep it up, Elliot. We got you.
End note: I need to see more of Sharon Lawrence’s ball busting, boss lady Margot. I hope we see additional scenes between her and Fiona as the season progresses.
Pasha Lynchnikoff’s, Yvon had me at the Americana Glamour shot. I would like to frame a copy of it and put it in my office. It makes me laugh every time I think of it.