7 Fun Facts about “Shameless” and “The Bear” Actor Jeremy Allen White

Some may recognise him from the hit TV series “Shameless”, but Jeremy Allen White is gaining the limelight for his recent Spring 2024 campaign with Calvin Klein.

Charming and talented, Jeremy Allen White is no stranger to the industry. Recognised for his outstanding performances in popular TV series and movies, White developed a passion for acting at a young age and pursued it throughout his career. Famed for his portrayal as Phillip “Lip” Gallagher in “Shameless” (2011-2021), starry-eyed fans of the actor are reigniting their love for the actor with his role in FX’s “The Bear”. His performance as Chef Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto has earned the talented actor an Emmy nomination, a Golden Globe trophy and a SAG Award.

Of course, it would be cruel of us to not mention yet another milestone in his repertoire – his recent Spring 2024 ad campaign for Calvin Klein.

Photographed by Mert Alas in his hometown, the native New Yorker was spotted in the Spring 2024 men’s Underwear collection. As seen on White, the star sports the New Intense Power, Micro Stretch and Micro Mesh styles featuring the refreshed signature Calvin Klein designs adorned with new logo treatments and materials, along with the essential Modern Cotton and Cotton Stretch underwear.

Despite his rise to stardom and most-talked-about Calvin Klein campaign, there’s more to White than meets the eye.

Here are a few fun facts about Jeremy Allen White you may not know.

He made his acting debut in 2007

The talented star made his acting debut in the 2007 film “The Speed of Life”. Directed by Edward Radtke, the film follows Sammer (Jeremy Allen White), a young teen who escapes life on the streets of New York by stealing video cameras from tourists and retreats into fantasies based on the footage he finds on them.

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He wanted to be a dancer

If you think he couldn’t be charming enough, the star initially wanted to be a dancer. White studied jazz, tap, and ballet when he was a kid. In his interview with Variety, the star mentioned that he tap dances all the time once the director yells “CUT” and declares it as a “meditative thing”.

In his interview with Interview magazine, he shared his love for the form of art, “It’s not really hidden, but I love to dance. I trained as a dancer when I was young—jazz, ballet, tap. Going out dancing with friends is my favourite thing to do. I break out all my old moves. All my friends make fun of me because I have a very specific dance I do when the tempo changes. I guess it would be described as a weird sashay-tap thing. But if I could dance forever, that would be great.”

Here’s us wishing he scores a role in a musical soon. We can dream.

His candle of choice? Diptyque.

He was introduced to Diptyque by a friend and would bring his candle everywhere when he was filming, too. His go-to candle? Figuier.

You can get yours here.

Dakota Johnson is the godmother of his children.

That’s right, he has two little girls with his ex-partner and actor Addison Timlin – Ezer Billie and Dolores Wild. Taken from White’s ex-partner Addison Timlin, she posted a heart-warming Instagram post on Johnson’s birthday in 2021.

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“Happy birthday to my bright and shiny and to Ezer and Dolly’s godmother. Here you are looking the most godmotherly of them all. We love you so much, thanks for being born and raising kids with me; it’s the best.”

To make his portrayal of Carmy more authentic, he trained in real kitchens before filming “The Bear”


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His commitment to the role is remarkable. In the hit TV series, White plays Chef Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, a talented young chef who returns to run his family sandwich shop after a tragic loss in his family. Fans of the show will appreciate his impressive acting skills and notice the efforts he put into his role. To prepare for the part, White underwent extensive training, including working in various restaurants in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, as well as attending two weeks of culinary school. He further honed his skills by spending most of his time cooking on the line at a Michelin-starred restaurant called Pasjoli in Santa Monica, California. Additionally, Celebrity Chef Matty Matheson, who served as a co-producer for the series, gave him some valuable tips.

He can’t live without his moleskin journal and his Il Bisonte leather binder

Wherever he goes, White carries his moleskin journal daily for organising his thoughts and making lists. His other essential is his Il Bisonte leather binder, which he religiously brings on set to keep his scripts, and to all ‘Shameless’ fans, he embossed the binder with the quote “One bad turn deserves another”.

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Quoted from his GQ interview, the star mentioned that the quote was an ode to his role as Lip Gallagher for the past 11 years. For die-hard fans, you will probably recognise the sign by the staircase leading to the Gallagher kitchen.

He recently starred in a 2023 biographical sports drama film titled “The Iron Claw” alongside Zac Efron

“The Iron Claw” is a story about the famous Von Erich wrestling family. The family is led by their father, Fritz Von Erich (played by Holt McCallany) and consists of the four Von Erich brothers – Kevin (played by Zac Efron), Kerry (played by White), David (played by Harris Dickinson), and Mike (played by Stanley Simons). Throughout their career, the brothers achieved great success in wrestling but also had to deal with tragic events that deeply affected them.

Taken from his interview with Esquire, the star mentioned that he was “eating all the time” and gained 40 pounds of muscle. That’s about 18 kg worth of muscle.

“In the morning, I would have waffles and almond butter. In the middle of the day, I was eating turkey patties and avocado all the time. It’s really just gross. You’re trying to consume as much as you possibly can, and, to be honest, you don’t feel great. I was training as well, but, I don’t know, trying to get that big, it’s no way to live.”


All images courtesy of Calvin Klein


Amalina Anuar is the Digital Director of Harper's Bazaar Malaysia. From covering the latest runway trends to the hottest happenings in Kuala Lumpur, she also delves deep into all things lifestyle and beauty.