Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan

  • Born on
    • September 5th, 1973
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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Acting (28 Credits)

2017The Sound as Kelly Johansen
2013Chosen as Josie AcostaWatch Free
2011The Pastor's Wife as Mary Winkler
2011Rosewood Lane as Sonny Blake
2011Conan the Barbarian as Marique
2010Dead Awake as Charlie
2008Fifty Dead Men Walking as Grace
2007Planet Terror as Cherry Darling
2007Death Proof as PamWatch Free
2007Grindhouse as Pam (segment "Death Proof") / Cherry (segment "Planet Terror")
2006The Black Dahlia as Sheryl Saddon
2005Elvis (2005) as Ann-Margret
2001Monkeybone as Miss Kitty
2000The Last Stop as Nancy
2000Ready to Rumble as Sasha
1999Jawbreaker as Courtney Shayne
1998Devil in the Flesh as Debbie Strand
1998Southie as Kathy QuinnWatch Free
1998Phantoms as Lisa PaileyWatch Free
1998Charmed as Paige Matthews
1997Lewis & Clark & George as George
1997Going All the Way as Gale Ann Thayer
1997Nowhere as Val-Chick 3
1996Scream as Tatum Riley
1996Bio-Dome as Denise
1995The Doom Generation as Amy Blue
1992Encino Man as Nora
1990Class of 1999 as Girl Outside Langford's Office (uncredited)Watch Free

Director (1 Credits)


Herself (1 Credits)



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