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Rose McGowan


Birth name:

Rose Arianna McGowan




Florence, Tuscany, Italy



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United States

Executive summary:

Paige Matthews on Charmed


5' 4" (1.63 m)


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Rose McGowan - Biography


Rose Arianna McGowan (born September 5, 1973) is an American actress known for her role as Paige Matthews in WB Network supernatural drama series Charmed, as well as for her roles in several major Hollywood films including The Doom Generation, The Black Dahlia, Scream, Jawbreaker, and Grindhouse. In 2008 she was guest programmer and co-host of TCM's film-series program, The Essentials. She played Ann-Margret alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Elvis Presley in the CBS mini-series Elvis.

McGowan, the second-eldest of six children (plus two half-siblings), was born in Florence, Italy, the daughter of Terri, an American writer of French descent, and Daniel McGowan, an artist of Irish descent. Daniel McGowan ran an Italian chapter of the Children of God to which both he and his wife held membership until 1978. McGowan spent her early childhood amid the group's communes, often traveling Europe with her parents. Through her father's art contacts in Italy, McGowan became a child model and appeared in Vogue Bambini and various other Italian magazines. Her parents returned to the United States when she was 10, when they divorced. She subsequently relocated to Oregon and then to Gig Harbor, Washington, where she also met childhood friend Rey-Phillip Santos. McGowan did not speak English until she moved to the U.S.
McGowan's formative years were spent with her father in Seattle, Washington, attending Roosevelt High School and Nova Alternative High School. At the age of 15, she officially emancipated herself from her parents. McGowan pursued a possible career in the film industry during her late teens, and also enrolled in a beauty school as a back-up.

McGowan made her first appearance in a Hollywood film with a bit role in the 1992 Pauly Shore comedy Encino Man. Her role in the 1995 dark comedy The Doom Generation brought her to the attention of film critics, and she received a nomination for "Best Debut Performance" at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards. McGowan was subsequently cast in a supporting role in the 1996 hit horror film Scream.
McGowan spent the majority of the 1990s appearing in a variety of independent films, including roles in Southie, Going All the Way, and Lewis & Clark & George. In 1997, she appeared in the critically acclaimed short Seed, directed by San Francisco-born filmmaker Karin Thayer, and played opposite Peter O'Toole in the 1998 film adaptation of the Dean Koontz novel Phantoms. Notably, McGowan also starred in the 1999 comedy Jawbreaker, where she played a snooty high school student who tries to cover up a classmate's murder. That role earned McGowan a nomination for Best Villain at the 1999 MTV Movie Awards.
In 2001, McGowan was cast as Paige Matthews in the popular The WB television series Charmed, as a replacement lead actress after Shannen Doherty's departure from the show. She was offered to be a producer after the seventh season alongside co-stars Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano, but turned it down. The series ended its run on May 21, 2006.
In May 2005, McGowan portrayed actress/singer Ann-Margret in Elvis, a Golden Globe-winning CBS mini-series about the life of Elvis Presley. That same year, she lent her voice to the video game Darkwatch as a femme fatale named Tala. The game was published by Capcom for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
In 2006, McGowan had a brief role in Brian De Palma's Academy Award-nominated film The Black Dahlia. The following year, she starred in the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double-feature Grindhouse, released on April 6, 2007. Cast in utterly divergent roles, McGowan appears in both portions of the film, as go-go dancing Cherry Darling in Planet Terror, and as Pam in Death Proof. McGowan attended the 60th Annual Cannes Film Festival to promote Death Proof along with Robert Rodriguez, Rosario Dawson, Tracie Thoms, Zoë Bell, and Quentin Tarantino.
According to Variety, McGowan signed on to play B-movie staple Susan Cabot in the upcoming film Black Oasis. Director Stephan Elliott (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) has penned and will direct the film based on a Premiere article by John H. Richardson. The film has currently been placed on hold.
McGowan was a co-host with Robert Osborne on TCM's film-series program The Essentials, on which a classic Hollywood film is shown every week. McGowan was on the show for the 2008 season before being replaced by Alec Baldwin.
In 2007, McGowan was cast in Fifty Dead Men Walking. When in production, the movie was first titled Man on the Run but is now officially called Fifty Dead Men Walking. Filming began in Northern Ireland later in October 2007 and went on until December 2007. A release is expected for October 2008.
Elle Magazine originally reported that Rose McGowan has been signed to play the title role in the future remake of Barbarella, fending off strong competition from other actresses including Sienna Miller. The film is to be directed by Robert Rodriguez and to involve close friend Quentin Tarantino as a member of the crew. Following rumours suggesting that Universal Studios had stopped funding the film as they were unconvinced McGowan could carry such an iconic role, the actress confirmed on MTV that the comments were untrue and unfounded and that the film was still in production. On May 5 2009, it was officially confirmed by Robert Rodriguez on MTV News, that Barbarella would not go into production due to filming location difficulties, even though a lot of planning had already been completed.
In June 2008, USA Today reported that McGowan had been signed to play the title role in a third project with Robert Rodriguez (who takes on the role of the film's producer), known as Red Sonja.

While dating Marilyn Manson, McGowan appeared in a music video for the song "Coma White", and also performed backing vocals on the song "Posthuman." Both of these songs are available on the album Mechanical Animals.
McGowan appeared on a BT track called "Superfabulous" from his album Emotional Technology, which was also featured on the final Charmed soundtrack, The Final Chapter. The song has been featured in several films, including Win a Date with Tad Hamilton and Raising Helen. She wrote and recorded a song titled "Protection," which was featured in her 2001 film Strange Hearts. McGowan has also appeared in the Imperial Teen music video for "Yoo Hoo", which was featured on the Jawbreaker soundtrack.
McGowan has expressed interest in recording an album of her own. During an interview with Living TV, she said, "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 the Charmed episode "Sense and Sense Ability," McGowan performed, in character, a cover of the Peggy Lee classic "Fever." In 2007, it was announced that McGowan would be performing three songs from the Planet Terror portion of Grindhouse. These songs were released on the soundtrack by the Varese Sarabande label. The songs are entitled "You Belong to Me" (a Dean Martin/Jo Stafford cover), "Useless Talent #32" and "Two Against the World."

McGowan was the face of American clothing company Bebe from 1998 to 1999. She was also the cover model for the Henry Mancini tribute album Shots in the Dark, which was released in 1996. In addition to clothing endorsements, McGowan has appeared on numerous magazine covers, including Seventeen, Interview, Maxim, GQ, Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone. She has also frequently been featured on Maxim, FHM and Stuff magazine's sexiest women lists.

In 1996, McGowan was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her role in The Doom Generation. A few years later, at the 1999 MTV Movie Awards, she was nominated for "Best Villain" for her role in Jawbreaker. In 2005, McGowan won "Best Sister" at the Family TV Awards, for her role on Charmed. In 2006, Blender included her on their list of the sexiest women of TV and film. The most recent award won by McGowan was under the category Femme Fatale for the 2007 Spike TV Guys' Choice Awards, which aired June 13, 2007. The award was for the role of Cherry in Grindhouse. McGowan was nominated for "Scream Queen" at the 2007 Scream Awards on Spike TV for her performance in Grindhouse.

McGowan lived in Seattle, Washington, but currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She was in a very public 3 ½-year relationship with rock musician Marilyn Manson. After a formal engagement lasting two years, McGowan ended the relationship over "lifestyle differences". Prior to the release of Grindhouse, there was speculation that McGowan was dating director Robert Rodriguez. In May 2007, it was reported that they confirmed their relationship while appearing hand-in-hand at the Cannes Film Festival. On October 12, 2007 it was announced by Zap2it.com that McGowan was engaged to Rodriguez. They planned to wed in 2009, but reportedly split on October 2, 2009.
McGowan has admitted to sleepwalking as a child. "The weirdest spot I ever woke up was a snow bank in Montreal. Now I just speak Italian in my sleep." McGowan also suffers from agoraphobia, an anxiety disorder.
McGowan is known as an activist for Boston Terriers. She herself has two, Bug and Fester, and has personally donated to various Boston rescues. McGowan reportedly encouraged friends to donate to Boston Terrier Rescue Net, and according to BTRN: "Having fallen in love with Bug and Fester, her friends donated generously. It amounted to a considerable contribution, which will go a long way in helping BTRN and the needy volunteers who selflessly give to deserving Bostons."
According to an article in the New York Post, McGowan suffered serious injuries in a car accident early in 2007. Riding as a passenger, her car was struck by another vehicle and the force of the impact drove her eyeglasses into her face. McGowan is quoted as saying, "I didn't realize I was hurt until I put my hand to my face and felt the flap of skin. My glasses had sliced me under my eye." After obtaining the services of a plastic surgeon, McGowan is reported to be suffering no long-lasting consequences from the incident.
Of her acting method, McGowan said "I'm not really one of those people who goes and writes some big backstory and agonizes over characters...For me personally, it's just kind of more instinctive. But I don't have kind of an acting background. I fell into it accidentally."


Rose McGowan - Personal Quotes


"I think if I had lived back in Salem, I would have been burned at the stake"

"I am going to be pretty kick ass by the time I'm thirty, and I can't wait!!"

"You have to work to carve out your own little corner, and I'm certainly smacking my head against the wall trying to make a dent. I just hope I don't get brain-damaged before I get there."

"Hollywood is all about making an entrance. I don't want to be a walking advertisement for anyone other than myself."

"I always thought I was more satanic than Manson." ( Discussing the sinister reputation of her ex-fiancé Marilyn Manson.)

"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'm a pussycat unless you do something to one of my friends. Then I'll think of unique ways to get back at you. I'm more creative than your average bear."

"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 don't believe in rules. I would be happy to be climbing a pyramid when I'm 70. And I know I will be.

"I want to live in Paris. I want to learn to ice-skate and to box. I want to get a degree in Egyptology. I would like to not have to say "Like, oh my God!" in any movies. I would like to have a day go by without people screaming various obscenities about body parts. I'd like to still have Bug and Fester, my Boston terriers. I think I'd like to be with my boyfriend, except (laughs) I'm pretty commitment-shy. I'd like to please my father, who used to be in the Children of God, and do at least one more "porno" film - which is what he called The Doom Generation. I'd like to start some sort of counselling program for girls - when I was that age I was always told that I was gonna burn in hell. I would like to lose the guilt I have for compulsive spending. I would like to stop being addicted to diet hot chocolate."

"I'm a fan of pink, I'm a fan of high-heeled shoes and I'm a fan of strange-looking dogs, so this hits all the notes for me." (at the Legally Blonde 2 premiere)

I don't really care how people view me particularly. It's not really any of my business because everyone is going to have their own opinion and if I started thinking about what everyone else thought of me, I'd go crazy.

"I think women look better with a little more weight on them. Being super thin makes you look haggard."

"Hollywood is all about making an entrance. I don't want to be a walking advertisement for anyone other than myself."

"People thought (I was wild) because of who I was with (Manson). In reality I've been home baking cupcakes."

"I've always admitted it: I'm a man with really nice breasts - I'm so guilty of doing every single male thing. Not calling, not showing up, leaving at four in the morning."

"I still say I can do whatever I want as long as I'm not hurting anybody else. I don't understand why more people aren't like that."

"If one person starts crying, I'll cry. If one person has no money, I'll give them mine. If I had a bicycle growing up, I always felt incredibly guilty when I see someone sitting at the bus stop."

"I know I am kind and I have fun and if I sat there and worried about what everybody else thought of me my brain would be very crowded."


Rose McGowan - Filmography


Red Sonja (2010) .... Red Sonja
Machete (2010) .... Cherry Darling
Dylan's Wake (2010) .... Charlie
"Nip/Tuck" .... Dr. Theodora 'Teddy' Rowe (5 episodes, 2009)
- Abigail Sullivan (2009) TV episode .... Dr. Theodora 'Teddy' Rowe
- Jenny Juggs (2009) TV episode .... Dr. Theodora 'Teddy' Rowe
- Briggitte Reinholt (2009) TV episode .... Dr. Theodora 'Teddy' Rowe
- Enigma (2009) TV episode .... Dr. Theodora 'Teddy' Rowe
- Don Hoberman (2009) TV episode .... Dr. Theodora 'Teddy' Rowe
Terminator Salvation (2009) (VG) (voice) .... Angie Salter
Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008) .... Grace
... aka 50 Dead Men Walking (USA: DVD title)
Planet Terror (2007) .... Cherry Darling
... aka Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror (USA: DVD title)
... aka Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror (USA: complete title)
Death Proof (2007) .... Pam
... aka Grindhouse Presents: Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof (USA: DVD title)
... aka Grindhouse: Death Proof (International: English title)
... aka Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof (USA: complete title)
... aka Quentin Tarantino's Thunder Bolt (USA: informal alternative title)
Grindhouse (2007) .... Cherry Darling (segment "Planet Terror") / Pam (segment "Death Proof")
The Black Dahlia (2006) .... Sheryl Saddon
... aka Black Dahlia (Germany)
... aka Die schwarze Dahlie (Germany: TV title)
"Charmed" .... Paige Matthews (112 episodes, 2001-2006)
- Forever Charmed (2006) TV episode .... Paige Matthews
- Kill Billie: Vol. 2 (2006) TV episode .... Paige Matthews
- Gone with the Witches (2006) TV episode .... Paige Matthews
- The Jung and the Restless (2006) TV episode .... Paige Matthews
- The Torn Identity (2006) TV episode .... Paige Matthews
(107 more)
Elvis (2005) (TV) .... Ann-Margret
Darkwatch: Curse of the West (2005) (VG) (voice) .... Tala
Glitterati (2004) .... Allison Poole
Vacuums (2002) .... Debbie Dinsdale
... aka Stealing Bess (USA: video title)
The Killing Yard (2001) (TV) .... Linda Borus
"What About Joan" .... Maeve (1 episode, 2001)
- Maeve (2001) TV episode .... Maeve
Monkeybone (2001) .... Miss Kitty
Strange Hearts (2001) .... Moira Kennedy
... aka Rat in the Can
... aka Roads to Riches (USA: alternative title)
The Last Stop (2000) .... Nancy
... aka Dernier arrêt (Canada: French title)
Ready to Rumble (2000/I) .... Sasha
God Is in the T.V. (1999) (V) .... Jackie-O (segment "Coma White")
... aka Marilyn Manson: God Is in the T.V.
Sleeping Beauties (1999) .... Sno Blo
Jawbreaker (1999) .... Courtney
Southie (1998) .... Kathy Quinn
Phantoms (1998) .... Lisa Pailey
... aka Dean Koontz's Phantoms (USA: complete title)
Devil in the Flesh (1998) (V) .... Debbie Strand
... aka Dearly Devoted (UK: TV title) (USA: alternative title)
Lewis & Clark & George (1997) .... George
Nowhere (1997) .... Valley Chick #3
Seed (1997) .... Miriam
Going All the Way (1997) .... Gale Ann Thayer
Scream (1996/I) .... Tatum Riley
Kiss & Tell (1996) .... Jasmine Hoyle
Bio-Dome (1996) .... Denise
The Doom Generation (1995) .... Amy Blue
... aka Doom Generation (France)
Encino Man (1992) .... Nora
... aka California Man (Europe: English title) (UK)
"True Colors" .... Suzanne (1 episode, 1990)
- Life with Fathers (1990) TV episode .... Suzanne


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