‘Shameless’ star Shanola Hampton talks about directing for 1st time

Hampton will also talk about the finale of the hit show, which airs Sunday after its 11-season run.
3:38 | 04/08/21

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Transcript for ‘Shameless’ star Shanola Hampton talks about directing for 1st time
Michael, hey there, After 11 seasons the finale of the hit show "Shameless" is airing this Sunday. The hilarious scene stealer shanola Hampton is joining us in just a moment. Let's take a look at a clip. Is there anything you want to specify in the listing, exclusion, disclosure, things a buyer would need to know. Not that I can think of. You can't change the taps and no cubs game. White sox and bears only. Are you writing this down. Kevin, we are selling. The new owners get to decide which taps to use and which games to put on the TV. All right and a big good morning to shanola. Thank you for being with us and tell me what it's been like playing your character all these years. It's been amazing. It's been life changing, truly. I've really been able to dive into a role and watch it evolve and grow for 11 season and in such a rarity to have that opportunity to play a character for so long. It's been really, really a gift. It truly has. You like being called a scene stealer -- I said it wrong, a scene stealer. When you said it, I was like, I like this introduction. Keep going. More, please. So your cast understandably has really become like a family. What was it like filming that last episode? Oh, my goodness. It's so crazy. You do something for over a decade. We were one of those shows -- we never walked off our set thinking it's the final, we're not coming back, we've never been on the cusp of not coming back so every time we've left in seasons past it's been because we know we're coming back so when we knew we were wrapping out the set, it was like this is the last time we're going to do this and this is the last time we're going to see this and watching the Gallagher kitchen be closed down, it was really, really tough and the feeling -- we have such a family unit so we had lots of laughs and I'm not a big crier but Jeremy gave a gift of our pilot episode in this beautiful binder and I teared up just a little bit so it had all of the emotions, everything you could imagine. That's beautiful. And you got to direct, by the way, this season for the first time and it was an episode that included a car crash and your own character's wedding. What was that like? Well, usual eye they give first-directors scripts that are a little diluted. Mine was not. I had everything. I got to kill a character, one of our main characters, Terry, with a bag over his head. I got to direct my wedding which was the perfect closure to kev and V and that was an honor to do and the car crash so everything, I was like, check, check, check. I did that. So it was really a pleasure to go from where I started on this show to end as a director in the final season, what a gift and to be able to direct our scene, it meant so much to kev and V to finally have their wedding and got to create that moment so it was really beautiful. Making it was extra beautiful. Your daughter took part. She did the slate? She didn't really take part on set. But she thought that she was my little director off set so she just slays and she's my little actress. They call her my mini-me. She likes to slay. She'd say cut. Shanola Hampton, the series finale of "Shameless" airs this Sunday night on showtime. Thank you.

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