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Rose McGowan

Rose Arianna McGowan (born September 5, 1973) is an American actor, filmmaker, activist and musician. Born in Italy, they were raised among the Children of God cult, before their 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 their family. At 15, they legally emancipated herself from their parents and lived in a squat with drag artists, before moving to Los Angeles to try their 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, they were standing looking grouchy outside of an LA gym when they were discovered by a casting director for Gregg Araki’s The Doom Generation, believing they’d be perfect for the role of Amy Blue, an apathetic gen-X femme fatale. Their performance became synonymous with 90s punk cool, and they were 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 their 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 their 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 their role as a go-go dancer with a machine gun for a leg, it was an unhappy period in their personal life. A relationship with Rodriguez imploded, a car accident forced them to undergo extensive reconstructive surgery, and their father died. In 2015, McGowan announced that they were walking away from acting to explore other ventures, due to their own traumatic experiences in the industry and their frustration with the quality of work promoted by Hollywood. Their filmmaking debut, the short film Dawn, premiered at Sundance 2015 to rave reviews, and in the same year they released their debut single — an atmospheric slice of electronica called RM486. They have since become a prominent activist across social media, launching their own feminist movement known as Rose Army, and continues to work as an artist, filmmaker and musician. Rose has said they don't identify with being either a man or woman.

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Sep 5, 1973 In Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Question Time 1979-09-25
Latest Project:
Movie Rose McGowan: Being Brave 2022
Known For
Poster of Death Proof
Poster of Planet Terror
Poster of Scream Awards
Poster of Scream
Movie Rose McGowan: Being Brave 2022
Movie Letters Live from the Archive: International Women’s Day 2021-03-08
Movie This Changes Everything Herself 2019-06-28
Series Citizen Rose Herself 2018-01-30
Movie The Sound Kelly Johansen 2017-09-29
Movie The Tell-Tale Heart Ariel 2016-04-05
Series Chelsea Herself 2016-05-11
Movie The Caged Pillows Monday 2016-06-03
Movie The Weight of Blood and Bones Madeline 2015-06-19
Series Chosen Josie Acosta 2013-01-17
Movie Mondo Taurobolium Gale 2013-12-02
Movie Still Screaming: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective Herself 2011-04-14
Movie Rosewood Lane Sonny Blake 2011-10-15
Movie Conan the Barbarian Marique 2011-08-17
Movie The Pastor's Wife Mary Winkler 2011-11-05
Series Once Upon a Time Young Cora 2011-10-23
Movie Gaze Herself (archive footage) 2010-07-13
Movie Dead Awake Charlie 2010-12-03
Movie Fifty Dead Men Walking Grace 2008-09-10
Movie Planet Terror Cherry Darling 2007-04-06
Movie Grindhouse Pam (segment "Death Proof") / Cherry (segment "Planet Terror") 2007-04-06
Movie Death Proof Pam 2007-05-22
Movie The Black Dahlia Sheryl Saddon 2006-09-15
Series Scream Awards Herself - Host 2006-10-09
Series Elvis Ann-Margret 2005-05-08
Movie Elvis, une étoile est née Ann-Margret 2005-05-11
Series Punk'd Herself 2003-03-17
Movie Stealing Bess Debbie Dinsdale 2003-01-01
Series Through the Night with... Unknown 2002-05-10
Movie Strange Hearts Moira Kennedy 2002-10-23
Movie The Killing Yard Linda Borus 2001-09-23
Movie Monkeybone Miss Kitty 2001-02-23
Series Good Day Live Unknown 2001-09-17
Movie Ready to Rumble Sasha 2000-04-07
Movie The Last Stop Nancy 2000-05-16
Movie Jawbreaker Courtney Shayne 1999-01-30
Movie Sleeping Beauties Sno Blo 1999-06-10
Series The Early Show Unknown 1999-11-01
Series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cassandra Davina 1999-09-20
Movie Devil in the Flesh Debbie Strand 1998-01-04
Movie Phantoms Lisa Pailey 1998-01-23
Movie Southie Kathy Quinn 1998-06-10
Series Charmed Paige Matthews 1998-10-07
Movie Going All the Way Gale Ann Thayer 1997-01-19
Movie Lewis & Clark & George George 1997-01-21
Movie Kiss & Tell Jasmine Hoyle 1997-10-17
Movie Nowhere Val-Chick 3 1997-05-09
Movie Seed Miriam 1996-01-01
Movie Bio-Dome Denise 1996-01-12
Movie Scream Tatum Riley 1996-12-20
Movie The Doom Generation Amy Blue 1995-10-27
Series Intimate Portrait Unknown 1994-01-03
Movie Encino Man Nora 1992-05-22
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie Class of 1999 Girl Outside Langford's Office (uncredited) 1990-04-01
Series LIVE with Kelly and Ryan Unknown 1988-09-05
Series Question Time Herself - Panellist 1979-09-25