Shameless Sheila: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Actress

1. John Cusack Encouraged Her to Not Give Up

Before Joan’s film career gained momentum and she became a household name, the actress says her brother, John, encouraged her to keep her eye on the prize.

“I think it helps to know another person in the business, because everything is such an illusion, so it’s great to be able to go, ‘Oh, my God! This is how it really is!’ or ‘This is how it happens there!’ ” she told AV Club. “You know, ’cause nobody knows any of it. People know more now in general, I think. So I think it was helpful to have each other.”

She also credits her father to keeping her head up: “He was in advertising, so he knew the other side to the business as well. So if someone turned you down at an audition, it wasn’t necessarily personal, whoever got it — maybe it was nepotism, maybe they reminded them of their aunt or their whatever. So not to take it personally was helpful, too.”