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ROSE McGOWAN

Rose McGowan

Born September 5, 1973
Florence, Italy
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer

Rose Arianna McGowan (born September 5, 1973) is an American actress, model, and singer. She is best known to television audiences for her role as Paige Matthews in The WB supernatural drama series Charmed (2001–2006).

McGowan made her film debut in the comedy Encino Man (1992), wherein she played a small role. Her performance as Amy Blue in Gregg Araki’s dark comedy The Doom Generation (1995) brought her wider attention, and she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance. McGowan appeared as Tatum Riley in the horror film Scream (1996) and starred alongside Ben Affleck in the coming-of-age feature Going All the Way (1997). She appeared in several Hollywood films, including Devil in the Flesh (1998), Jawbreaker (1999), Ready to Rumble (2000), Monkeybone (2001), and The Black Dahlia (2006). McGowan played Ann-Margret, alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Elvis Presley, in the CBS miniseries Elvis (2005). She starred in Planet Terror (2007) and had a supporting role in Death Proof (2007), both part of the double-feature film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, Grindhouse. Next, she starred in the crime thriller film Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008).

In 1996, McGowan was the cover model for the Henry Mancini tribute album Shots in the Dark, and she was the face of the American clothing company Bebe from 1998 to 1999. She has also appeared on numerous magazine covers, including Seventeen, Interview, Maxim, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, and Rolling Stone.

McGowan was born September 5, 1973 in Florence, Italy, to American couple Terri, a writer, and Daniel McGowan, an artist. McGowan also has two half-siblings. Her father ran an Italian chapter of the Children of God, in which both he and his wife held membership until 1978. McGowan spent her early childhood amid the group’s communes, often traveling through 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 years old, and settled in Eugene, Oregon. McGowan had a wayward childhood, living as a teenage runaway in Portland, Oregon and associating with a group of drag queens in the city. After her parents divorced, McGowan lived with her father in Seattle, Washington, attended Roosevelt High School and Nova Alternative High School, and worked at McDonald’s. At the age of 15, she officially emancipated herself from her parents and relocated to Los Angeles.

In 2001, McGowan was cast as Paige Matthews in the popular WB television series Charmed, as a replacement for the lead actress Shannen Doherty, who had left the show. McGowan was invited to be a producer after the seventh season, alongside her co-stars Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano, but turned it down. The series ended its run on May 21, 2006.

During and after Charmed, McGowan tackled a variety of roles. For example, she portrayed actress/singer Ann-Margret in Elvis, a Golden Globe Award-winning CBS miniseries about the life of Elvis Presley, and she appeared in Brian De Palma’s film The Black Dahlia.

In 2007, McGowan headlined the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double-feature Grindhouse, released on April 6, 2007. McGowan appears in both portions of the film, as go-go dancing Cherry Darling in Planet Terror, and as Pam in Death Proof.

While dating Marilyn Manson, McGowan appeared in a music video for the song “Coma White”;[29] she performed backing vocals on the song “Posthuman”. Both of these songs are available on the album Mechanical Animals (1998).

Personal life

McGowan resides in Los Angeles, California. She has admitted to being a sleepwalker 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 is an activist for LGBT rights and campaigned against California’s Proposition 8, which sought to ban same-sex marriage in the state in 2008. She is also known as an activist for Boston Terriers. She has two, named Bug and Fester, and has personally donated to various Boston Terrier 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.”

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 said “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.” In a 2011 interview, McGowan stated that even after three surgical procedures, her right arm remained considerably impaired as a result of the accident.

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.”

In late 2009, McGowan was among several celebrities who participated in the protest NOH8.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes

1992 Encino Man Nora Also known as California Man
1995 The Doom Generation Amy Blue
1996 Bio-Dome Denise
1996 Kiss & Tell Jasmine Hoyle
1996 Scream Tatum Riley
1997 Going All the Way Gale Ann Thayer
1997 Seed Miriam Short film
1997 Nowhere Valley Chick #3
1997 Lewis and Clark and George George
1998 Southie Kathy Quinn
1998 Phantoms Lisa Pailey
1998 Devil in the Flesh Debbie Strand/Tracy Carlay Also known as Dearly Devoted
1999 Jawbreaker Courtney Shayne
1999 Sleeping Beauties Sno Blo Short film
2000 Ready to Rumble Sasha
2000 The Last Stop Nancy
2001 Strange Hearts Moira Kennedy Also known as Roads to Riches
2001 Monkeybone Miss Kitty
2002 Stealing Bess Debbie Dinsdale Also known as Vacuums
2002 Roads to Riches Moira Kennedy
2006 The Black Dahlia Sheryl Saddon
2007 Grindhouse – Planet Terror Cherry Darling
2007 Grindhouse – Death Proof Pam
2008 Fifty Dead Men Walking Grace Sterrin
2010 Machete Boots McCoy Deleted scenes
2010 Dead Awake Charlie Scheel
2011 Conan the Barbarian Marique
2011 Rosewood Lane Sonny Blake
2014 Dawn Director/Writer Short film
2015 The Weight of Blood and Bones Madeline Short film
2016 The Tell-Tale Heart Ariel
2016 The Caged Pillows Monday (voice) Short film
2016 Heresy Short film
2017 The Sound Kelly Johansen

Television

Year Title Role Notes

1990 True Colors Suzanne Episode: “Life with Fathers”
2001 What About Joan? Maeve McCrimmen Episode: “Maeve”
2001 The Killing Yard Linda Borus Movie
2001–2006 Charmed Paige Matthews 112 episodes
Nominated—Wand Award for Best New Cast Member (2002)
Family Television Award for Favorite Sister (2005)
2005 Elvis Ann-Margret Miniseries
2009 Nip/Tuck Dr. Theodora “Teddy” Rowe 5 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cassandra Davina Episode: “Bombshell”
2011 The Pastor’s Wife Mary Winkler Movie
2012 RuPaul’s Drag Race Herself Guest judge, episode: “The Fabulous Bitch Ball”
2013–2014 Once Upon a Time Young Cora Mills 2 episodes
2014 Chosen Josie Acosta Main role, 6 episodes
2016 Ultimate Spider-Man Medusa (voice) Episode: “Agent Web”
2018 Citizen Rose Herself Docuseries

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