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"I was discovered because I am me. So how dare you try to stamp that out of me, and to do the same for other girls and women."

Rósa Arianna "Rose" McGowan (born September 5, 1973 in Florence, Italy) is an American actress and activist. Known early in her career for such movies as The Doom Generation and Scream (1996), she's had a resurgence in popularity with the TV show Charmed (1998), as the fourth sister brought in when Prue died, and her dual roles in Grindhouse.

In 2016 she announced her retirement from acting to focus on directing. A year later, McGowan reemerged as a very outspoken advocate for female sex abuse victims after accusing film producer Harvey Weinstein of raping her.

Film Roles include:

Television Roles include:

Her work features examples of:

  • Acting for Two: In Grindhouse she plays two distinct characters - Cherry Darling in Planet Terror and Pam in Death Proof.
  • Actor-Inspired Element:
    • She contributed most of Paige's wardrobe for Charmed Season 4.
    • She did the same for Tatum in Scream; the character was written as a lot more tomboyish, but Rose rejected the wardrobe mistress's denim overalls and bought several clothes that she wore. Her objective was to make Tatum "as cute and appealing as possible". This even extended to the set dressing; she took down posters of the Indigo Girls hanging up in Tatum's bedroom and replaced them with kitten posters instead.
  • Artist Disillusionment: She's grown very disillusioned with Hollywood in the wake of the tidal wave of sexual abuse scandals, calling it a "cult" and she's been very outspoken on her belief that her fellow actors and actresses have been enabling the culture of abuse by keeping silent about it — in particular she accused feminist Meryl Streep of being a hypocrite for working with Harvey Weinstein.note  She also refused to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey because she was a friend of Weinstein. She lashed out at the Time's Up protest at the 2018 Golden Globes calling it "Hollywood fakery." She has even attacked her former Charmed co-star Alyssa Milano, saying in an interview, "I don't like her. I think she's a lie", as Milano continues to associate with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), whom McGowan accuses of covering up Weinstein's crimes. She even turned against journalist Ronan Farrow (a vocal critic against permissive culture that allows celebrity sexual abusers, mostly stemming from the scandal of his own father, Woody Allen, marrying his adopted sister Soon-Yi Previn and being accused of having raped another of his adopted sisters) who helped break her story about Weinstein's rape simply because he called her personal memoir "dark".
  • Casting Gag: She played David Arquette's sister in Scream, and his love interest in Ready to Rumble.
  • Creator Backlash: She does not have fond memories of Grindhouse; she confided in director Robert Rodriguez that Harvey Weinstein had raped her — and felt that he played mind games with her by having her film a scene where she is attacked, and then he sold the film to Weinstein, believing it to be a betrayal of personal trust.
  • Creator Breakdown:
    • Charmed (1998) coincided with her being blacklisted after her rape by Harvey Weinstein, and she took the role because she desperately needed the work. The long shooting hours coupled with the trauma from being a sexual assault survivor did not help her psyche - nor did the extra fame that came with being on a hit TV show (she recalls being cornered by a mob of fans in Rome). Still, she maintains that she took the role 100% seriously and is grateful to fans of the show, even if it did come from one of the darkest periods of her life.
    • She had a major one early in February 2018. She got into a shouting match with a trans woman at a book signing event, over her previous comments over trans people. She then announced she was canceling all future appearances and went on a Twitter rant on how the person who argued with her was a "paid plant" from Weinstein and how nobody in the store did anything to stop it .... even though security escorted the woman away. She later attributed this to all the extra media attention the 'Me Too' movement had brought her, and all the stories she heard from sexual assault survivors. It took moving to London in 2019 for some Creator Recovery.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode:invoked
    • She says that Scream is the best project she's ever been part of, and the film she's proudest of.
    • Her favourite Charmed episodes are "The Power of Three Blondes" and "Charmed Noir".
  • Dawson Casting:
    • In Scream (1996) and Jawbreaker she was already in her twenties playing high school students.
    • She plays the younger self of Cora in Once Upon a Time, who is meant to be late twenties or early thirties. She was already forty.
  • Deleted Role: She filmed some scenes for Machete, but they were cut.
  • Dye Hard: She's changed her hair colour a lot over the years. Notably in Charmed, she had a different colour each season - black in Season 4, red in 5, blonde in 6 and brown in the final two.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: She dyed her hair blonde for Scream in order to distinguish her from Neve Campbell.
  • Fake Irish: While she has Irish ancestry, her being a Italian-born American means that she fakes a rather bad Belfast accent in Fifty Dead Men Walking.
  • Important Haircut: After being told her whole career that she had to have long hair to be considered attractive, one day she decided to quit acting and cut off all her hair herself with a pair of kitchen scissors. She later shaved her head and has kept it short ever since. The cover image of her book Brave is her running clippers up her head.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Real Life Writes the Hairstyle:invoked
    • After hearing that the WB didn't want any of the stars to change their hair without network approval (out of fear it would affect ratings), she revolted by dyeing her hair red for Charmed's fifth season (explained in-universe by a potion blowing up on Paige's head and turning it that colour). She's blonde in Season 6 but reverts to brown at the end of the season, because she let her fans vote on what colour she should go next.
    • In Scream, she claims that she offered to dye her hair blonde after noticing that they'd cast brunette Neve Campbell as Sidney; she specifically took note of producer Kathy Conrad's colour and suggested going the same shade.
  • Reality Subtext: When Rose first started on Charmed, she would sometimes doodle her lines on the prop Book of Shadows, not realising how much sentimental value it had to the cast and crew. This led to a gag in one episode where Piper gets annoyed with Paige for trying to colour-code the book.
  • Star-Making Role: The Doom Generation brought her to national attention.
  • Those Two Actors:
  • Throw It In!:invoked She maintains that she can't scream, so for Scream (1996), in the scene where Tatum is crushed by the garage door she ad-libbed shouting out "mom" instead.
  • Typecasting: Usually the Deadpan Snarker - because that's her personality in real life. Paige in Charmed started out as a Na├»ve Newcomer, before growing into that.
  • Wag the Director:
    • Unhappy at having to film so many raunchy scenes with actors she'd just met in Charmed's fifth season, she went to the producers and said "Paige isn't a ho" - resulting in more long-term romance plots for the character.
    • During production of Jawbreaker's prom scene, Rebecca Gayheart's hairstyle provoked Rose's competitive spirit - and the metal hairbands were the result of her demanding a more impressive hairdo.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • She was attached to a film adaptation of Red Sonja, to be directed by Robert Rodriguez. But the project never got off the ground, and with Rose announcing her retirement from acting, it's unlikely that she'll play the role if it ever gets revived.
    • Other projects she was attached to include a remake of Barbarella and the Julia Stiles adaptation of The Bell Jar.
    • Charmed was going to feature a Paige and Cole romance in the fifth season. The spell Paige casts on Cole in the premiere would have led to him kissing her passionately by mistake, eventually developing real feelings for her. Both actors protested the romance and it never happened.
    • Shortly before the Weinstein story broke, she had worked on a script about her experiences growing up in the Children of God cult. The head of Amazon Studios offered to buy the script, and she later found out that Harvey Weinstein had arranged it so that he could see if she'd written anything about him in there and to prevent it from being picked up by anyone else.