Rose McGowan

Biography

Rose Arianna McGowan (born September 5, 1973) is an American actress, filmmaker, activist and musician. Born in Italy, she was raised among the Children of God cult, before her American-born parents fled back to the USA when Rose was 10 amid concerns about the direction of the community.

Settling in Oregon, McGowan was bullied at school and rebelled from her family. At 15, she legally emancipated herself from her parents and lived in a squat with drag artists, before moving to Los Angeles to try her hand at acting. Commercials, extras work and a small part in 1992’s Encino Man followed, but McGowan walked away from the industry, deciding to work in cosmetology instead.

In 1994, she was standing looking grouchy outside of an LA gym when she was discovered by a casting director for Gregg Araki’s The Doom Generation, believing she’d be perfect for the role of Amy Blue, an apathetic gen-X femme fatale. Her performance became synonymous with 90s punk cool, and she was nominated for Best Debut Performance at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards.

Landing an agent, McGowan quickly found further roles, among them the smash hit Scream and cult indies including Jawbreaker, Going All the Way and Devil in the Flesh. With her pale white skin and blood-red lipstick, along with a relationship with rock star Marilyn Manson, McGowan was promoted as a bad girl sex symbol for the 1990s, but began to struggle finding mainstream success.

On advice from her management, McGowan joined the cast of the fantasy drama Charmed in its fourth season, replacing the departed Shannen Doherty as one third of a trio of sister witches. After five seasons on the series, McGowan returned to film with roles in Brian De Palma’s The Black Dahlia and the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double bill Grindhouse.

While Grindhouse garnered McGowan international attention, particularly for her role as a go-go dancer with a machine gun for a leg, it was an unhappy period in her personal life. A relationship with Rodriguez imploded, a car accident forced her to undergo extensive reconstructive surgery, and her father died.

In 2015, McGowan announced that she was walking away from acting to explore other ventures, due to her own traumatic experiences in the industry and her frustration with the quality of work promoted by Hollywood.

Her filmmaking debut, the short film Dawn, premiered at Sundance 2015 to rave reviews, and in the same year she released her debut single — an atmospheric slice of electronica called RM486. She has since become a prominent activist across social media, launching her own feminist movement known as Rose Army, and continues to work as an artist, filmmaker and musician.

Rose Arianna McGowan (born September 5, 1973) is an American actress, filmmaker, activist and musician. Born in Italy, she was raised among the Children of God cult, before her American-born parents fled back to the USA when Rose was 10 amid concerns about the direction of the community.

Settling in Oregon, McGowan was bullied at school and rebelled from her family. At 15, she legally emancipated herself from her parents and lived in a squat with drag artists, before moving to Los Angeles to try her hand at acting. Commercials, extras work and a small part in 1992’s Encino Man followed, but McGowan walked away from the industry, deciding to work in cosmetology instead.

In 1994, she was standing looking grouchy outside of an LA gym when she was discovered by a casting director for Gregg Araki’s The Doom Generation, believing she’d be perfect for the role of Amy Blue, an apathetic gen-X femme fatale. Her performance became synonymous with 90s punk cool, and she was nominated for Best Debut Performance at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards.

Landing an agent, McGowan quickly found further roles, among them the smash hit Scream and cult indies including Jawbreaker, Going All the Way and Devil in the Flesh. With her pale white skin and blood-red lipstick, along with a relationship with rock star Marilyn Manson, McGowan was promoted as a bad girl sex symbol for the 1990s, but began to struggle finding mainstream success.

On advice from her management, McGowan joined the cast of the fantasy drama Charmed in its fourth season, replacing the departed Shannen Doherty as one third of a trio of sister witches. After five seasons on the series, McGowan returned to film with roles in Brian De Palma’s The Black Dahlia and the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double bill Grindhouse.

While Grindhouse garnered McGowan international attention, particularly for her role as a go-go dancer with a machine gun for a leg, it was an unhappy period in her personal life. A relationship with Rodriguez imploded, a car accident forced her to undergo extensive reconstructive surgery, and her father died.

In 2015, McGowan announced that she was walking away from acting to explore other ventures, due to her own traumatic experiences in the industry and her frustration with the quality of work promoted by Hollywood.

Her filmmaking debut, the short film Dawn, premiered at Sundance 2015 to rave reviews, and in the same year she released her debut single — an atmospheric slice of electronica called RM486. She has since become a prominent activist across social media, launching her own feminist movement known as Rose Army, and continues to work as an artist, filmmaker and musician.

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Personal Info

Gender Female

Known Credits 45

Birthday 1973-09-05

Place of Birth Florence - Tuscany - Italy

Adult Actor False

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Also Known As

  • Rose Arianna McGowan

Known For

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 The Caged Pillows as Monday
2016 Chelsea(1 episode) as Herself
2016 The Tell-Tale Heart as Ariel
2015 The Weight of Blood and Bones as Madeline
2013 Chosen(6 episodes) as Josie Acosta
2012 Rosewood Lane as Sonny Blake
2011 The Pastor's Wife as Mary Winkler
2011 Once Upon a Time(2 episodes) as Young Cora
2011 Conan the Barbarian as Marique
2010 Dead Awake
2008 Fifty Dead Men Walking as Grace
2007 Death Proof as Pam
2007 Planet Terror as Cherry Darling
2007 Grindhouse as Pam (segment "Death Proof") / Cherry (segment "Planet Terror")
2006 The Black Dahlia as Sheryl Saddon
2005 Elvis as Ann-Margret
2005 Elvis(2 episodes) as Ann-Margret
2003 Punk'd(1 episode) as Herself
2003 Stealing Bess as Debbie Dinsdale
2002 Strange Hearts as Moira Kennedy
2001 The Killing Yard as Linda Borus
2001 Good Day Live(1 episode)
2001 Monkeybone as Miss Kitty
2000 The Last Stop as Nancy
2000 Ready to Rumble as Sasha
1999 The Early Show(1 episode)
1999 Jawbreaker as Courtney
1998 Charmed(4 episodes)
1998 Charmed(112 episodes) as Paige Matthews
1998 Southie as Kathy Quinn
1998 Phantoms as Lisa Pailey
1998 Devil in the Flesh as Debbie Strand
1997 Nowhere as Val-Chick 3
1997 Lewis & Clark & George as George
1997 Going All the Way as Gale Ann Thayer
1997 Kiss & Tell as Jasmine Hoyle
1996 Scream as Tatum Riley
1996 Bio-Dome as Denise
1995 The Doom Generation as Amy Blue
1994 Intimate Portrait(1 episode)
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(1 episode)
1992 Encino Man as Nora
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(1 episode)
1900 The Last Duane as Madeline
1900 The Essentials(0 episodes) as Host

Directing

2015 Dawn … Director

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