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Emmy Rossum poses topless for Esquire

Emmy Rossum introduces her dog and her cat and feels lucky to be alive.

By Gabrielle Levy
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Emmy Rossum poses topless for Esquire
Emmy Rossum. (Esquire/James White)

After three seasons of Shameless, it's no longer an unusual occurrence for Emmy Rossum to get naked in front of the camera.

So it's no surprise she looks -- and sounds -- totally comfortable in a new spread for Esquire, in which she is in turns bouncing around her Beverly Hills home via Skype and posing topless for photographer James White.

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She introduces Cinnamon, her tiny dog -- with a big penis that Rossum can't help but mention -- and her cat, Fiona G. Kitty, who was a stray and a Chicago veterinarian convinced her had cancer.

"I hate cats," she explained. "But this cancer cat made me feel bad, so I was like, Okay, I’ll take her back to L. A. and give her her last six months of pain-free life." But upon taking the cat to Los Angeles, another vet set the record straight.

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"I said, Yeah, but too bad about the cancer. And he said, What cancer? And I’m like, You know, the lump on her stomach. And he’s like, You mean the hernia? I can take that out when I neuter her. She’s gonna live twenty-five years! And I was like, You [expletive] cat with your lying cancer sob story."

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Still, it was another brush with death that brings out Rossum's serious side.

"It’s amazing how things can be put into perspective for you so easily," she said. "Last weekend, I was pulling out of my house, and I saw a body in the road and blood everywhere. This guy had been hit by a car."

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"I called 911 and stayed with him," she recalled. "You see how lucky you are to just be alive. All the Hollywood [expletive] and accolades and money really doesn’t matter. It just gives you a slightly nicer house and slightly nicer food and slightly shinier hair."

[Esquire]

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