Imagine that! Emmy Rossum's poised, pretty demeanor almost cost her a starring role on Showtime's hit Shameless, she reveals in a new interview with Manhattan magazine.
"They didn't want to see me; they wouldn't even [let me] audition," the 26-year-old starlet said of the show's producers. "They thought my image too glamorous, that I couldn't not be pretty."
PHOTOS: Emmy shares her style secrets
But Rossum, who rose to fame in dramatic roles opposite gritty leading men like Sean Penn in Mystic River and Gerard Butler in The Phantom of the Opera, was determined to prove them wrong.
After reading the script and falling in love with free-spirited Fiona, the eldest of six kids in the unconventional Shameless Chicago family, Rossum took matters into her own hands.
She sent a tape of herself in character to the producers, and they were so impressed that she "flew out the next day" to meet them.
PHOTOS: 25 most stylish New Yorkers
Three auditions later, Rossum had the part, opposite William H. Macy -- and let loose a string of expletives when she found out, which "only seemed to confirm [the producers'] decision."
"I don't let anything send me into a tailspin," she told the magazine of her similarities to the her character. "I never have; it's not in my nature."
PHOTOS: Hot Hollywood styles
But though Rossum explained that she and Fiona share a fierce sense of loyalty, even she admits that she just isn't as blase about some things as Fiona is.
"Fiona is very sexually liberated," she said. "She's also a loudmouth, and there's safety in that. But I'm not the sex-on-the-first-date kind of girl."
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Emmy Rossum: Producers Said I Was "Too Glamorous" and "Pretty" for Shameless Role
Heidi Klum, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Miranda Kerr all get an F on this week's Fashion Offenders.
Check out Jessica Alba, Reese Witherspoon, and more stars who recycle their wardrobes.
It's been 20 years since "Jurassic Park" came out. See what the cast of the movie is up to these days.
Selena Gomez, Zoe Saldana, and Maggie Gyllenhaal all get an F on this week's Fashion Offenders.
Check out some of January Jones' most retro wardrobe choices from over the years.
Take a look back at Mark Wahlberg's best shirtless looks over the years
Find out what happened to the stars of 'Garden State' after they made the hit indie film.
From Heidi Klum and Seal to Ryan Sweeting and Kaley Cuoco, see which stars got tattoos for love.
© 2014 Microsoft