Rose Arianna McGowan is an Italian-born actress, model, singer, and author. She is known for her role of Paige Matthews in the supernatural drama series ‘Charmed’ and as young Cora Mills in the fantasy series ‘Once Upon a Time’. Born in Florence, Italy, she moved to Los Angeles as a teenager. She made her film debut with a role in ‘Encino Man’. She started gaining attention after her role in the film ‘The Doom Generation’. Her role earned her a nomination for the ‘Independent Spirit Award’. Her popularity reached an international level after she appeared in the horror movie ‘Scream’. The film was a commercial success and also received critical acclaim. She has appeared in many movies over the years and is also active on television where she has acted in series such as ‘Charmed’ and ‘Chosen’. Over the course of her career, she has received several awards such as the ‘Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award’ for ‘Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry’ and an award at the San Francisco International Film Festival’ for ‘Midnight Outstanding Achievement.’
Childhood & Early Life
Rose McGowan was born on 5th September 1973, in Florence, Tuscany, Italy. Her father was an activist named Daniel McGowan and her mother Terri was a writer. She has two half-siblings.
Her father was a member of the ‘Children of God,’ a worldwide cult, and used to run the Italian chapter of the organization. As a child, she travelled throughout Europe with her family and stayed in communes belonging to the group.
Her father had many art contacts and they helped her become a child model. She appeared in several Italian magazines. Eventually, her family moved to the US, where she attended the Roosevelt High School and later the Alternative High School. She also worked briefly at McDonald’s. She then moved to Los Angeles to begin an acting career.
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Rose McGowan began her career with a role in the comedy film ‘Encino Man’ (1992), where she played a small part. Directed by Les Mayfield, the movie was about a caveman trying to live in the 20th century. The film was a commercial success, earning almost six times its budget. However, it received mostly negative reviews.
She next appeared in the 1995 black comedy film ‘The Doom Generation’, directed by Greg Araki. She gained a lot of popularity and appreciation for her performance. Despite being a commercial failure, the film was met with positive reviews. Her next important role was in the 1996 horror film ‘Scream’. Directed by Wes Craven, the film was a huge success, critically and commercially. It went on to earn a cult status over the years.
After appearing in movies such as ‘Lewis and Clark and George’ (1997) and ‘Devil in the Flesh’ (1998), she gained attention for playing the lead role in the 1998 film ‘Jawbreaker’. The film was met with negative reviews and was also a commercial failure. However, she earned a nomination at the MTV movie awards for ‘Best Villain’.
From 2001 to 2006, she played an important role in the fantasy drama series ‘Charmed’. The show earned a lot of popularity and eventually went on to receive a cult status. She also played a main role in the 2005 miniseries ‘Elvis’. It was about the life of the American music icon Elvis Presley.
She continued to appear in movies, such as ‘Roads to Riches’ (2002), ‘The Black Dahlia’ (2006), ‘Planet Terror’ (2007), ‘Fifty Dead Men Walking’ (2008), ‘Dead Awake’ (2010), ‘Conan the Barbarian’ (2011) and ‘The Weight of Blood and Bones’ (2015) in the 2000s.
In 2014, she played a recurring role in the action thriller TV series ‘Chosen’. Her most recent works on the big screen include ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ (2016) and ‘The Sound’ (2017). Throughout her career, she has also appeared in several music videos and on various magazine covers.
One of the early works in Rose McGowan’s career, ‘Scream,’ a horror slasher film, is one of her most important works. Directed by Wes Craven, the film also starred actors David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and Drew Barrymore. The film was a commercial success, earning more than $170 million on a $15 million budget. The film was also much appreciated by the critics.
She played an important role in the fantasy drama series ‘Charmed’ from 2001 to 2006. The series was about three sisters who use their powers to protect humanity from evil forces. The other actors who starred in the series were Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, TW King and Greg Vaughan. The show was appreciated by the critics and received several awards and nominations.
She had a supporting role in the crime thriller film ‘Fifty Dead Men Walking.’ Directed by Kari Skogland, the movie starred actors, such as Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess, Kevin Zegers and Natalie Press. The film received average reviews and was nominated for the Genie Award for ‘Best Canadian Film’.
She married artist Davey Detail in 2013, after being engaged to him for a few months. However, she filed for divorce in 2016. She had previously dated director Robert Rodriguez and musician Marilyn Manson.
She is also known for her LGBT activism. She launched a website, ‘Rosearmy.com,’ inviting people to come together and speak the truth.
In 2017, she revealed that she was raped by Harvey Weinstein.
In early 2018, she was arrested after she was found guilty of possessing cocaine. She, however, claimed to be innocent and stated that she had probably been set up by Harvey Weinstein.