'Shameless' Confessions: Joan Cusack Talks About Her Comedic Role on the Showtime Drama

Joan Cusack, a lifelong Chicagoan, doesn't have much of a commute when 'Shameless' is shooting exterior scenes in her home town.

But one of ironies of her role on the Showtime drama is that Cusack's character, Sheila Jackson, is an agoraphobic, so exterior scenes are not something the actress frequently gets to do. One unseasonably warm day last fall, when the show's cast and crew were a filming a series of outdoor scenes in a hardscrabble West Side neighborhood, all Cusack had to do was appear briefly inside Sheila's house and clap near a window.
"I can't see not leaving your house in five years, but I can see feeling like, you know, [life is] overwhelming sometimes," Cusack said later in an interview on the set.



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