'Shameless' season 9: Jeremy Allen White says 'the show is bigger than any of its characters'

White plays the role of Lip Gallagher on Shameless, who is the second-eldest Gallagher sibling, between Fiona (Emmy Rossum) and Ian (Cameron Monaghan.)

'Shameless' season 9: Jeremy Allen White says 'the show is bigger than any of its characters'

Even though Showtime's hit dramedy 'Shameless' premiered its season 9 earlier this month, weeks later, fans and followers of the show are still reeling over the shock of one of its most important characters, Fiona Gallagher, not continuing post this season as Emmy Rossum - who plays the role - is quitting the show. This was just amplified by the most recent news of yet another character following suit, as Cameron Monaghan, who plays the role of Ian Gallagher, recently announced his exit too. But while all of these quits have left fans devastated, Jeremy Allen White - aka everyone's favorite, Lip - would like to assure fans that the show is not ending.

"I think the show is bigger than any of its characters and that’s why it works," White told the Chicago Tribune about his take on the show continuing for a long time post these actors' exit. "It’s about the place where they grew up — the neighborhood — and all these characters are just a way to let the audience see that. So yeah, I think we can do more — and I think we’re gonna do more."

For those wondering how he thinks all of these Gallagher stories could be told, and how the show could prospectively pan out, he says, "It could be interesting. We’ve been doing the show for so long with this kind of structure of Fiona being mom to everybody, and I think it could be really interesting when that piece is removed to see how everybody reacts. I’m interested to see what they write."

White, who also has a baby on the way with his actor-girlfriend, Addison Tomlin, also shared that his sub-plot with a 12-year-old girl that he was semi-fostering on the show, was also inspired by his real-life developments. But even on the brink of fatherhood, as he continues to play gritty, raunchy plots with explicit sex scenes and open drinking, and many more debauchery, on Shameless, he feels like he is sort of conditioned to it all. 

"[...] at this point when I see a sex scene, the only thing that reminds me it’s strange is when there’s a guest actor on set preparing themselves and I see them looking nervous and I go: “Oh right, this is something to be nervous about.” he told the outlet. "And then I kind of talk them through it to make them comfortable, which I guess kind of helps self-soothe me as well."

Other than Shameless, White is also gearing up for his Amazon TV show with Julia Roberts, titled 'Homecoming' that debuts on November 2. With that, and yet another very emotional and sensitive movie called 'After Everything,' where he plays a cancer patient, coming out even sooner on October 12, he clearly has quite the packed year indeed!