Cameron Monaghan on Playing Closeted Gay Teen in 'Shameless'

If you've been watching the raw Showtime dramedy 'Shameless,' you'll definitely recognize Cameron Monaghan. The scene-stealing 17-year-old plays Ian, the tough-as-nails gay son of Frank Gallagher, his alcoholic single father (played brilliantly by William H. Macy). As if that wasn't angsty enough, Ian is also dating his married Muslim boss. Oh, and he hasn't come out to most of his family and friends yet. And did we mention he shares a run-down home in a low-income neighborhood with his five brothers and sisters?
If you're thinking that Ian sounds like one of the most complex characters on TV right now, you're right. That's what drew Monaghan to the role. He's been acting since he was 8, getting his big break in the TV movie 'The Music Man' with Matthew Broderick. Since then, he's been in everything from 'Click,' playing Adam Sandler's son, to TV shows like 'Monk,' 'Criminal Minds' and 'The Mentalist.'
This April you can catch Monaghan on the big screen in 'Prom,' about a group of high schoolers getting ready for their big night. TV Squad caught up with Monaghan to get the scoop on what it's like to work with William H. Macy, what's going to happen with Ian throughout season 1 of 'Shameless,' and what we can expect from his character in 'Prom.'


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