The past five years have brought many triumphs and tribulations to Rose McGowan’s career. Although there were some hiccups in recent years, the projects that did see the light of day have been undeniable with one common factor; they all showcased new range in Rose’s talents and arguably provided her finest and most diverse performances to date.
“In the performance of her life, McGowan throws herself into the juicy, sexy, funny, comic book hero role of Cherry Darling.” – Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
“The whole experience was completely schizophrenic, but in the best way.” – Rose McGowan
Grindhouse is, hands down, our favorite project of Rose McGowan. Two films. Two characters. One awesome throwback concept idea. What’s not to love? If we had to define Rose’s most star-making performance, it would have to be the quick-witted Cherry Darling in Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror. And while her role in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof was smaller, it was more than memorable, and she did a magnificent job at portraying two such completely different characters in basically one movie.
This project also has an ever bigger meaning to us. We launched our site in February of 2007, a few months prior to the release of Grindhouse. While we had been fans of Rose for many, many years, the hype and uniqueness that came with the project led to us finally pursuing and realising this website. So, it’s pretty safe to say that if it were not for Grindhouse, Rose-McGowan.com would possibly not even exist!
“I had wanted to do a guest stint some years ago, but it never worked out schedule wise. It, as anyone who watches the show knows, is totally bananas. Just off the wall. I’m doing something I hope to never do hope to never do again – replace an actress who’s already established a role. It didn’t occur to me that it’d be completely unnerving and bizarre until I filmed my first scene. It was still a great experience,” explained Rose during her second Q&A with Rose-McGowan.com
Rose McGowan portrayed Dr. Teddy Rowe for five episodes on the sixth season of Nip/Tuck, which kicked off October 14, 2009. Another actress may have made Teddy a caricatyre but Rose portrayed her as anything but. Smart, cunning, gorgeous and so deliciously evil – you just had to love Rose’s performance as Teddy!
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
“Meanwhile, Rose McGowan, as Lang’s demented witch of a daughter, Marique, takes the scenery chewing route, licking blood from her Freddy Krueger-esque finger blades, seemingly having the time of her life portraying a monstrous lunatic, which all adds to the films’ unashamed craziness. – The Hollywood Reporter
No question about it, most unique of ALL of Rose McGowan’s character looks has to be Marique, a role that was originally conceptualized for a male actor. It required Rose to sit through six hours of make-up each morning. And while the film itself received mixed reviews, no one could deny that Rose stole the show. With her villainous attitude, razor-nails, wedge heels and leather get-up… Marique is anything but forgettable!
The Pastor’s Wife (2011)
Rose McGowan won rave reviews from both the critics and audiences alike for her performance as Mary Winkler in the Lifetime movie The Pastor’s Wife. While the film itself is fast-paced, entertaining and keeps you at your toes as it uncovers the tragedy of the Winkler family, the real star of the film is McGowan. Her performance is both subtle and powerful. She manages to pull the viewer in and make you care for her character and her highly controversial story, based on real life events.
The Essentials (2007-2009)
“I’m going to be co-hosting The Essentials with Robert Osborne on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). I’m beyond excited. To be discussing classic films with a brilliant film historian is a dream come true.” – Rose McGowan
Not only did Rose deliver superior acting performances in the past give years but she also contributed to Turner Classic Movies’ The Essentials. In November 2007 Rose McGowan debuted during the Guest Programmer month and eventually went on to co-host the program with Robert Osbourne. Between March 2008 and January 2009 she brought the classic silver screen films to the small screen on a weekly basis.
Last but certainly not least! We’d like to dedicate an honorable mention for Boop, Rose’s hilarious guest bit on FunnyOrDie.com’s short faux trailer for the untold story of how Betty Boop came to exist. Such a treat!
Of course GRINDHOUSE ♥