Emmanuelle Grey Rossum or Emmy was born on September 12, 1986 in Manhattan, New York City.She is the only child of Cheryl Rossum, a single mother who worked as a corporate photographer. Rossum’s mother is Jewish and her father is Protestant (of English and Dutch ancestry). She was named after her great-grandfather, whose first name was Emanuel, using the feminine spelling Emmanuelle. She is a relative, by marriage, of designer Vera Wang (Wang was married to Rossum’s cousin). Her parents separated while her mother was pregnant; as of 2007, she had met her father twice.
She graduated from the Spence School, a private institution in Manhattan, in 1996 and then earned a high school diploma when she turned 15 by taking online extension courses offered by Stanford University. She later enrolled at Columbia University and studied art history and French. She took cooking classes at Le Cordon Bleu in London and her hobbies include reading, horseback riding and ballet. She suffers from celiac disease, an autoimmune disease in which the body can’t tolerate any foods containing gluten or wheat and, used to be a vegetarian.
Rossum married Justin Siegel on February 17, 2008, but publicly presented themselves as in a relationship but unmarried. He filed for divorce in 2009 and the divorce was finalized on December 28, 2010. Next year in October 2009, Rossum started dating Counting Crows front-man Adam Duritz. However, they too broke up in September 2010. Five years later in August 2015, Rossum became engaged to writer/director Sam Esmail after two years of dating.
Rossum’s television debut was in August, 1997, as the original Abigail Williams in the long running daytime soap opera As the World Turns. She also had a guest role as Caroline Beels in Snoops. Rossum was also seen in the made-for-TV movie, Genius in 1999, following which she portrayed a young Audrey Hepburn in the movie, The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000). In 2003, she played the role of an aspiring song writer in 2003. She has also been starred in movies like: The Poseidon Adventure (2006), Inside (2011) and many more. She is also known for her charity work, she being the Youth AIDS ambassador, a vocal supporter of The Best Friends Animal Society.
She has won Best Young Actress award both in 2004 and 2005 for The Phantom of the Opera, Young Hollywood award for Dare (2009) and, Best Supporting Actress award, Avalon award for Before I disappear in 2014.