What happened to Rose McGowan? Perhaps a better question is: what hasn’t happened to Rose McGowan? Rose McGowan has been through the wringer as an actress, as an activist, and in her 2018 book titled Brave where she details the many abuses she suffered at the hands of the powerful. Most notable amongst her accusations were those made against Harvey Weinstein, in Hollywood.
ROSE MCGOWAN: ACTRESS
The now 46-year old actress began her career in the early 90s. Rose McGowan’s film debut was a small role in the Pauly Shore/Brendan Fraser/Sean Astin comedy Encino Man. It took her three years to land another role, which she eventually did in the dark comedy The Doom Generation. This opened eyes and pushed her into the role of Tatum Riley in the 1996 horror film Scream. She was also seen again that year with Pauly Shore in the movie Bio-Dome.
From there, Rose McGowan’s movie career took off. McGowan was seen in Going All The Way, Phantoms, Southie, Ready to Rumble, Monkeybone, and Roads to Riches among other films.
Rose McGowan also became infamously involved with director Robert Rodriguez (he allegedly cheated on his wife with her) and together the two made the sex-soaked, zombie-infested installment of Grindhouse called Planet Terror.
This was all leading up to the TV series she is most known for, Charmed. The series itself began in 1998 and told of three sisters who are witches. Rose McGowan came aboard Charmed beginning season 4 and was the half-sister to the Halliwell girls. This is of note because Charmed is where Rose McGowan met and worked with Alyssa Milano, whom she’d later be feuding with.
Since the end of Charmed, its last season ended in 2008 though Rose McGowan finished in 2006, McGowan has been sort of hit and miss in Hollywood. Much of this could be attributed to Rose becoming a more vocal presence in other ways.
HER LGBTQ ACTIVISM
Rose McGowan is a staunch activist for LGBTQ rights. This has been on-going for McGowan since before 2008 when she campaigned against California’s Proposition 8. Prop 8, if you are not aware, was a state constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage. The amendment was deemed unconstitutional in 2010 and thusly overturned.
Rose was also part of the 2009 NOH8 Campaign (no hate) which promotes LGBTQ marriage, gender, and human equality.
On the flipside, Rose McGown has frequently been accused of being homophobic for some of the comments she’d made about gay men. McGowan is a strong feminist and in a 2014 podcast with Bret Easton Ellis she accused gay men of being more misogynistic than straight men.
ROSE MCGOWAN: AUTHOR
BRAVE. That is the title of Rose McGowan’s tell-all. And by tell-all, we mean TELL ALL. It took McGowan years to finally open up about the sexual harassment she’s endured over the years, but once she spoke, it has been non-stop.
In her book, Rose McGowan covers her entire life, from early on to the present. She details the many cases of abuse she suffered at the hands of the powerful, from her first sexual assault at 14 by Harvey Weinstein.
Of that first assault, McGowan says a man in his late 40’s “jammed his tongue down my throat” and fondled her breasts while she worked as a film extra. Again, she was 14 at the time.
Then it was time to detail the assault Rose McGowan alleges Harvey Weinstein committed on her. Her account is graphic, so please skip this next part if need be. Here we go…
Rose McGowan says the assault happened at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival as she was sent up to Harvey Weinstein’s suite. She thought they were going to have a meeting concerning her rising career. Wrong. McGowan says Weinstein pulled her into a room with a jacuzzi in it, took her clothes off, sat her on the side of the jacuzzi, and performed oral sex on her while masturbating.
Harvey Weinstein has since been accused by many, charged and now resides in prison. There he will likely stay for the remainder of his years.
Rose McGowan is also known for her relationships, one famously to rock star Marilyn Manson. The couple was engaged for two years when McGowan finally tired of the lifestyle. As she mentioned in a statement at the time of their break-up, “There is great love, but our lifestyle difference is, unfortunately, even greater.” In her book she writes, “I was really in love with Manson,” she writes, “I just couldn’t do the lifestyle anymore. I was too tired.”
Rose McGowan did make headlines before their parting when the couple arrived at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards and she wore a sheer black beaded gown and a thong. It left nothing to the imagination, her breasts were there for the world to see. And they did.
Another relationship that went sour was the professional one she had with former Charmed co-star Alyssa Milano. It was a brief tweetstorm, but worth noting.
Milano, a well-known Joe Biden supporter, made news when she continued to support Biden, even though he was accused by Tara Reade of sexual assault. Milano’s comments, stating that she was going to stay silent on the allegations because she felt it was important that the investigations into the allegations should have taken place when the alleged assault happens. Milano also made reference to Rose McGowan coming forward many years after the fact.
While the back and forth has since died down, the bad blood between Rose McGowan and Alyssa Milano continues.
ROSE MCGOWAN NOW
So, where does that leave Rose McGowan now? She recently appeared on SiriusXM’s The Jenny McCarthy Show telling the world how she feels about Harvey Weinstein being behind bars. “Thank you goddesses in the world and men that saw things differently on the jury and the women that testified and all the women that just hung through and all the people in the world during that period,” McGowan said. “I really feel like ‘Planet 9’ is my gift to the world of like, ‘hey guys, we went through a really f—ing hard, gross time where we had to see f—face pig monster every day and it triggered a lot of people and opened a lot of their wounds daily, daily, daily relentlessly. I had to do that and I’m sorry, but I had to do that because we have to look at the collective wound that we’re all walking around with.”
While the turmoil will never be gone, Rose McGowan is trying to move forward with her life and her career. She continues to work, albeit minimally, in Hollywood. Some believe studio executives are hesitant to hire her after all the controversy she’s been embroiled in.
Rose is finding other ways to express herself creatively. She’s also out promoting a new album, Planet 9. Yes, she can even sing.
Wherever Rose McGowan goes next, it won’t be done quietly. Whether it’s on-screen, in the recording studio, or for a cause she feels she needs to stand for.