‘Shameless’ Star Shanola Hampton on TV’s Dysfunctional Gem and Motherhood

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VIBE Vixen- Congratulations on the new addition to your family! How are you liking motherhood?

Shanola-  Thank you! I love it! It’s been really great, she is such a cool kid (laughs). I must say I was prepared for motherhood ,I have so many nieces and nephews , and I’ve been a god mother for such a long time . I also believe that being older plays a big part- it’s been a nice transition. It’s surreal sometimes, just to know that I have a daughter.

Tell us about Shameless.

The show is about an alcoholic father who is played by the wonderful William H. Macy, who is completely dysfunctional.  He has five kids and the head of the household is his eldest daughter Fiona, played by Emmy Rossum.   Their mother is bi-polar, so she is not in the picture. These children fend for themselves and Fiona is the matriarch and the patriarch -it is all sorts of insanity. I play the neighbor and best friend of the oldest, Veronica, and we are in a very committed friendship , which is quite “spicy” ( laughs) .The show is really  about how these people get through life ; they do a lot of foolery but at the end of the day you see how much they love each other.