Amirah J Shoots for the Stars: Meet “Xan” from Showtime’s “Shameless”

Destined for stardom, Amirah J’s family relocated to Los Angeles to help her accomplish her 8-year-old dreams of being an actress. This young talent has successfully landed major roles and plans to reach as far as her talents will take her.

1. Where are you from? 

I was born Washington, DC but lived outside of Houston, TX before relocating to Los Angeles. I have been in Los Angeles since 2016.

2. How long have you been practicing your craft? 

I have acting for 6 years since I was 8 years old.

3. Who has influenced you? Favorite greats?

Zendaya is my all time favorite actress. I love that she was able to successfully transition from the Disney Channel to a main stream actress. I have been told I look a lot like her and would love to play either younger version of her or opposite her one day.

My favorite GREAT actor is definitely Denzel Washington. I have seen so many of his movies. His acting is inspiring.

4. Why did you choose this route? 

I have always been a performer. Growing up, I loved to make movies and videos with my friends. Playing different roles and becoming different characters is amazing to me.

5. How would you describe your projects or brand? 

My most notable project was my character as Xan on Showtime’s Shameless. That was a fun and challenging role for me. Xan’s storyline was totally different from anything I have ever experienced. She had a tough exterior but she really just wanted a loving family.

6. How would you describe your fan base? Who would you like to reach? 

My fan base is still growing. From Shameless, most of my fans are adults. I would love for my career to reach all ages, and especially those that truly relate to the characters I play.

7. Are you acquainted with any clothing lines? Any other products or services? 

No not yet. But would love to be.

8. Do you have any other projects or businesses you’re working on? If so, feel free to explain. 

I have been steadily auditioning and waiting for the next project to attach my name to.

9. What or who motivates you? 

The “Nos” that I hear constantly in this business motivate me. It also makes me angry at times, but that definitely pushes me to keep going and keep working.

10. Who do you plan to influence with your work? 

I want people to be able to truly relate to the characters I play.

11. What do you think is your purpose in life? 

That is a tough question. At almost 14, I am still figuring it all out.

12. What is the title of your latest work of art? When did you release it? Or when will you? 

I just worked on a short film with Director Michelle Peerali. It is titled How Not to Be a Junkie. The character I played was also totally different than me but I loved becoming her. I am not sure when it will release but I know they are planning to send it to film festivals.

13. How often do you showcase your work? Where do you showcase? Where would you like to take your brand? 

I work with a few different acting coaches to continually perfect my craft. And that work is showcased in audition rooms and in audition tapes I submit.

14. Name people or brands in your industry you’ve had the pleasure of working with. 

I have worked with William H. Macy, Jeremy Allen White, Emmy Rossum, Kate Miner, and Christian Isaiah.

15. How did you come up with your stage/business name? 

Amirah J is just my name shortened. I thought it was cute and catchy.

16. What is your favorite part about being in your industry? Least favorite? 

My favorite part of this industry is being on set and working with other professionals. I am able to learn from them and I love that.

Definitely the “Nos” are the least favorite part of this industry. The rejection is tough and it never gets easier.

17. What are your plans after success? 

I am hoping for a long career. I will let you know once I am truly successful.

5 thoughts on “Amirah J Shoots for the Stars: Meet “Xan” from Showtime’s “Shameless””

  1. Amirah is such a beautiful soul inside and out! She’s Multitalented, Amirah is always on ready! Rather it is acting, modeling or dancing, Amirah was headed to the Olympic one of the best gymnast this world ever encountered until she woke up one morning at the age of 7 and decided that she wanted to be an actress. She can choreography a dance within seconds. I know Amirah will take Hollywood by a storm, so don’t sleep on her.

  2. Awesome article. Amirah J since 8 was well beyond her age. I was always in awe of how mature she was and had no doubt that she will do great as an actress

  3. Wow! Such a beautiful and talented young lady. I remember when you were just a baby in daycare with my daughter Kajaree at Warners. I look forward to seeing you on the screen.

  4. Very smart and talented young lady. I am enjoying watching her walk into purpose and destiny. Looking forward to her next major project. She has a great start with much support from her parents, siblings, family and others

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