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Cameron Monaghan's best role: Ian Gallagher or Jerome Valeska?

Cameron Monaghan is now 25 years old, and he's killing it on TV. Monaghan has co-starred on "Shameless" since 2011, playing Ian Gallagher—the gay and bipolar middle child of the Gallaghers, and an absolute fan favorite. But Monaghan also played Jerome Valeska (and his twin brother Jeremiah) on "Gotham." Jerome is a tribute to Batman's greatest foe, The Joker, and Monaghan's portrayal has been praised by Mark Hamill (who voiced the villain in various animated projects). Which role is his best? 

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Monaghan garnered praise for playing Ian Gallagher on "Shameless," playing both significant gay and bipolar character. Joanna Robinson wrote about Ian for Vanity Fair back in 2014:

From the start, Monaghan’s Ian Gallagher was touted as a “unique” gay character on television. The anti-Kurt Hummel. And while it’s true that Ian is a bit more rough and tumble than your usual gay stereotype, he’s still a fairly sensitive boy. But there’s nothing sensitive about the Mickey character, a horrifyingly violent young thug who was as likely to punch Ian as he was to kiss him. Just last season, Mickey delivered this heart-breaking beat down.

Fans still ship Ian and Mickey Milkovich (played by Noel Fisher) to this day. 

These are scared, oppressed boys who often kiss through broken faces. But in the past few episodes, Mickey has started to thaw. Part of this is due to the pain of losing Ian to a short-lived (and illegal) stint in the army. Another part is Ian’s involvement in the gay-club and prostitution scene. We’re not necessarily supposed to see this as a healthy decision for Ian. But the freedom and relief Mickey feels in kissing Ian in public without reprisal, or being told he’s “lucky” to have Ian at an affluent gay mixer, is eye-opening and emboldening for the poor kid. It was all leading up to last night’s coming-out moment.
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Mark Hamill praised Monaghan as Jerome Valeska earlier in 2018. According to Screenrant

When Cameron Monaghan first appeared as the deranged Jerome on Gotham, it seemed that all the Easter eggs had finally led to The Joker's debut on the show. But since then, we've heard the minds behind the series continue to shoot down the idea. Recently, star David Mazouz promised The Joker is coming to Gotham, in the process further confirming Jerome wasn't the real version of the character. Despite all that, many fans have embraced Jerome as one of the best iterations of The Joker and praised Monaghan's performance - and they're not alone.
Mark Hamill took to Twitter to retweet Monaghan's announcement of Gotham's return on March 1. He also took the time to praise the actor and his performance, clearly indicating he views Jerome as The Joker.
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Cameron Monaghan's best role: Ian Gallagher or Jerome Valeska?
A festive crown for the winner
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#TeamJeromeValeska