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Joan Cusack out of 'comfort zone' as Sheila on 'Shameless' [Video]

24 June 2011 4:51 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Joan Cusack admits to Gold Derby her role as the agoraphobic Sheila on "Shameless" is "outside my comfort zone if I'm going to be honest." However, she decided, "I'm just going to accept everything and no judgments. It's a great feeling, and I highly recommend it." Her character may not have left her house in five years but she has managed to find a new boyfriend -- the irrascible Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) -- and treats him to gourmet meals. Cusack says she loves acting with Macy and that there is "a relaxedness and enjoyment that I guess comes with age. It's great to work with someone who's so competent and generous and is a good person." This is the first regular TV gig for the two-time Oscar nominee since her own show, "What About Joan?" was axed by ABC in 2001. Cusack only got this part after Allison Janney »

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Joan Cusack: 'Shameless role is a gift'

23 February 2011 6:38 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Joan Cusack has claimed that her role on Showtime's Shameless is "a gift". The actress plays the agoraphobic Sheila Jackson on the series, which stars William H. Macy as alcoholic father Frank Gallagher. "I tried doing a sitcom here [in Chicago] and that was an amazing process to experience," the former What about Joan star told TV Squad. "But at that time, sitcoms were really going through an identity crisis, and just doing anything different was really hard. "Now on cable, it's like you can be totally different and [people] embrace it [and] they want it." Cusack added that she had no reservations about committing to a television project. "You're not doing (more) »

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