We're Charmed By Rose
Rose was born in Italy of American parents but is of French and Irish descent. She grew up in a religious community (Children of God) that practiced extremely conservative and unorthodox practices on communes. This did not suit her, and Rose did not engage in the group's controversial practices which, according to Rose, were quite horrendous.
While in Europe, Rose began modeling as a child. Her father got her assignments at Italian magazines featuring children, such as Vogue Bambini.
Rose only began speaking English when her family moved to the United States from Italy when she was ten years old. The family settled in Eugene, Oregon.
|Rose McGowan in "Planet Terror."|
After the divorce, Rose lived with her father in Seattle for a while. At age 15, she legally emancipated herself and moved to Los Angeles on her own.
It took a couple of years, but Rose began getting bit parts. She was in "Class of 1999" (1990) in an uncredited role, and managed to get a credit in television series "True Colors." Then, it was another couple of years before something turned up. That's how it is for young hopefuls traveling to Los Angeles to hit it big - sometimes it "happens" right away, sometimes it takes a little more time... and sometimes it doesn't happen at all.
Rose got her big break when she was cast as Nora in Pauly Shore's "Encino Man" (title later changed to "California Man") in 1992. It was a plum role for someone with virtually no credits to her name. The film was a huge hit after being made on a modest budget, helped along by clever posters and other promotions.
So, Rose had "made it" now, right? Well, not so fast. Rose didn't get another credit for three years, until playing Amy Blue in "The Doom Generation." Sometimes, it takes more than one "break" to actually break through the massive indifference of the film industry.
Rose's role in "Doom Generation" actually got the motor to start and keep running. People noticed her now, and there were no more lean years. Another Pauly Shore comedy followed, "Bio-Dome" (1996), which again was a hit. Rose was proving to have the lucky touch with the projects that she managed to get.
At this point, Rose was like an explosive set to go off. All she needed was the proper catalyst. Rose finally got her biggest break of all when a small film she appeared in called "Scream" (1996) became another unexpected hit.
After that, Rose McGowan was a regular in independent films such as "Lewis & Clark & George" (1997), "Kiss & Tell" (1997) and "Jawbreaker" (1999).
Around this time, Rose began dating rocker Marilyn Manson. She appeared in his music videos and sang backing vocals on Manson's songs. The most memorable aspect of this relationship from the public's perspective was Rose's choice of attire while out and about with Manson. She and Manson made very colorful appearances on the red carpet.
The affair with Manson eventually ended - Manson apparently was nocturnal, which is a difficult schedule for someone in the film industry like McGowan - and Rose continued doing her independent films, occasional television appearances, voice work on video games - basically whatever came along. It's a living.
Then, Rose got another huge break. She won a lead role in "Charmed" when a spot opened up because Shannen Doherty would not agree to sign a two-year contract. The show had a built-in audience and already was a huge hit. The role of Paige Matthews rocketed Rose McGowan to another, a higher level of stardom. She starred on the show from 2001 to 2006.
During and immediately after her "Charmed" years, Rose has appeared in numerous high-quality productions. She played Ann-Margret alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Elvis Presley in the CBS mini-series "Elvis" (2007), and was Cherry Darling in the cult hits "Grindhouse" (2007) and "Planet Terror" (2007).
Rose developed an interest in singing during her years with Marilyn Manson. As noted, she sang backup vocals on some albums in the '90s, and also appeared in related music videos. She even did some singing on "Charmed." She told "Living TV":
I was actually thinking of going back and doing more soulful tunes and older tunes ... and I would love to, when I have a little bit more time.In 2016, Rose released her first single, "RM486."
Since her "Charmed" years, Rose has returned to her previous routine - roles in independent films, occasional returns to television series such as on "Nip/Tuck" and "Once Upon a Time," voice work on video games, and supporting roles in major projects such as "Conan the Barbarian" (2011).
Rose is not afraid to speak her mind. In a notorious June 2015 Twitter incident (Rose has over 650,000 followers), she made fun of a "casting note that came w/script today." The note specified the wardrobe for the character, which included the advisory that "form-fitting" apparel was required. Rose claimed that her post exposing this requirement for sexy wear was intended to stand as a fight against sexism in Hollywood. Regardless of the intent, Rose quickly lost her agent in a controversial manner (somebody fired somebody else, who fired whom is at issue) as a consequence of this stunt. Rose still regularly rants on Twitter about various Hollywood practices that she finds objectionable.
I'm interested in making the industry better so that women following in my footsteps know that they don't have to take abuse just because she wants be creative.
When I lived in Europe, I was usually pretty exalted for the way I looked. I had minions who would run and get me candy...But when I moved to Oregon and entered my goth phase with spiky black hair, kids threw things at me.
I feel people have tried to stamp out what is special about me. Why should I downplay myself to make someone else more comfortable?
It's my job to spread deviance to the American youth.
I always thought I was more satanic than Manson.
|Rose as Cherry Darling in "Grindhouse."|
I think if I had lived back in Salem, I would have been burned at the stake.