Emmy Rossum has portrayed plenty of different roles in her young career (most recently as part of the seriously dysfunctional family in Shameless), but even she was thrown for a loop by the most recent one she was asked to play: “Dominatrix.” The star stripped down (and suited up) for a seriously bold photoshoot for Complex magazine.
“I was like, ‘What is going on right now?'” she told PEOPLE at ELLE‘s Women In Television Celebration in L.A. “[The photographer] was like, ‘Pose in this dominatrix gear with these huge machines!’ and I was like, ‘Oh, God! This isn’t me at all!'”
It may not have matched her sense of style, or even her sensibilities, but Rossum managed to pull it off, thanks primarily to a Jamesian mindset (less Henry James, more E.L. James). “I think you just have to channel a character,” the actress says with a laugh. “You just have to use it as an acting exercise and channel your inner 50 Shades of Grey.”
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