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Article written on March 11, 2013 by Riikkae-mail

Once Upon a Time had a game-changing episode Sunday night (March 10), in more ways than one. Don’t keep reading if you haven’t watched the episode yet.

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Article written on March 11, 2013 by Riikkae-mail

This week’s Once Upon a Time reveals the backstory of the simple miller’s daughter who grew up to be the terrifying Cora (Barbara Hershey), the woman responsible for making The Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) the villain she is today. Rose McGowan is the actress tasked with showing us Cora’s humble beginnings, portraying the character when she first made the outrageous claim that she could spin straw into gold.

HuffPost TV caught up with McGowan to find out how it felt to step into Barbara Hershey’s shoes, the highlights of working with Robert Carlyle (Rumplestiltskin) and whether Cora is actually capable of love.

What are you allowed to reveal about this week’s episode?
I can reveal that it was certainly an honor getting to play Barbara Hershey, younger, because she’s a tremendous actress. If you’re going to play a part she was playing, that’s a good one. I love people that are operatically evil — the interesting part is that young Cora is not. She does not start that way; most people, unless they are true sociopaths, do not start off at evil, so to speak. She starts out dirt poor. So she really claws her way to the top and Rumple helps, a lot. He saved her life.

How was the experience of filming with the excellent Robert Carlyle?
Beyond. When Eddy [Kitsis] and Adam [Horowitz], the creators, called me and they asked me if I would consider doing a part on the show, I said, “Absolutely,” the caveat being that I really want my scenes to be with Robert Carlyle because he’s such a tremendous actor. So then, I got my wish and then I was like “Oh no, just kidding — it’s Robert Carlyle and he’s a tremendous actor, I’ve got to step up my game!”

So it was thrilling and terrifying and fun and scary and everything all at once, but we had a fantastic time together. When you work with an actor who is that good, it’s like being professional tennis player. You’re playing with a pro at that point and you’re a pro yourself. So, it’s really nice, high-level tennis that you don’t often get to play with people

Were you a fan of the show beforehand?
I was a fan of the show. I didn’t really watch it regularly, just because I travel all the time and I’m a very irregular TV watcher, period, but I certainly knew the story and the storyline. I thought this was an amazing way to introduce me into that world. What better way than playing somebody who is one of the coolest people on the show, one of the coolest characters? I love evil. I think there is something operatic and wonderful about it. I figured out that it’s not really much different than having comic timing. It’s very similar. You have to hit almost the exact same beat as if you were doing a comedy, but you’re doing something else. It has very specific beats. This was so well written. They did a really tremendous job. There is a scene that I have with Robert Carlyle, later in the show, that’s probably one of my favorite pieces I’ve done in a long time. It’s a very emotional scene and it was really beautifully written and beautifully acted by Robert, hopefully I did it justice.

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Article written on March 10, 2013 by Riikkae-mail

“Most people who are on the evil side, there are things in their lives that happen to make them that way,” the former Charmed star tells THR. Plus, a sneak preview at Sunday’s “The Miller’s Daughter.”

Who was Cora before she became Regina’s evil mother?

On Sunday’s Once Upon a Time, “The Miller’s Daughter,” viewers will be introduced to young Cora (Charmed star Rose McGowan), banished to a tower and ordered to follow through on a promise that she can spin straw into gold, with the aid of Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle).

For McGowan, it was crucial that she not copy Barbara Hershey’s portrayal. “You’re playing someone that’s alive, that the audience knows really well; they know her mannerisms, they know her voice,” she explains to The Hollywood Reporter.

McGowan talked to THR about jumping into an established show like Once Upon a Time, how young Cora is introduced and the one scene to look out for.

The Hollywood Reporter: Were there nerves jumping into an established world like Once Upon a Time?
Rose McGowan: Absolutely. There were quite a few nervous-making factors. You’re playing someone that’s alive, that the audience knows really well; they know her mannerisms, they know her voice. What I tried to do was watch a lot of Barbara Hershey’s stuff and then I kind of just forgot about it. I didn’t want to go and try to imitate somebody. I immersed myself in it and then completely disregarded it. Hopefully it tied together and fans won’t be too mad at me. [Laughs]

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Article written on November 18, 2012 by Riikkae-mail

No need to find a secret spell on how to kiss Rose McGowan: The former Charmed star will tell you what she likes – and what she doesn’t.

“Don’t be sloppy!” McGowan, 39, tells PEOPLE. “That’s the worst. You could find the hottest guy on the planet and if he’s a bad kisser, it just doesn’t work.”

The actress hosted Cosmopolitan and Maybeline’s Kisses for the Troops event on Monday in New York City and spilled the beans on what she considers to be a sexy smooch.

“I like the man to be medium aggressive, not somebody who’s going to shove his tongue down your throat,” she says. “That’s not sexy.”

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Article written on November 4, 2012 by Riikkae-mail

Rose McGowan, best known for her wicked roles in Jawbreaker, Scream, Charmed, Grindhouse, and, most recently, Conan the Barbarian, has a lot of gay pride. The actress claims that she makes even her gay friends seem not as gay when she’s around and campaigned against Proposition 8, which sought to ban same sex marriage in the state of California.

Up next, the 39 year old actress will star in the spooky The Tell Tale Heart, based on Edgar Allan Poe’s story. McGowan was tight-lipped about details of her return to television this fall for a new series on ABC.

Fresh off a plane, McGowan granted Watermark an exclusive interview before her appearance at Spooky Empire – The Ultimate Horror Weekend in Orlando.

Tell me about what you’ll be doing at Spooky Empire in Orlando this weekend.
I’ll be there promoting Scream, Charmed, and Grindhouse.

Is this your first time doing one of these?
Yes. It’s fun to be able to meet people one on one. Generally, you’re kept back from people, so this will be a completely different experience to see the people that are your fans. It’s special.

I have to warn you though; you’re going to encounter quite a few gay nerds.
That’s ok. They’re my favorite! If you have to be a nerd, you might as well be gay. It’ll just make me happier.

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Article written on November 14, 2011 by Riikkae-mail

Actress and gay rights activist Rose McGowan is still glowing over the announcement that the U.S. military policy “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – put into place by the Clinton administration in 1993 – was repealed in July, allowing openly homosexual men and women to serve in the armed forces.

“It’s amazing, and I think primarily how it’s been reacted [to] within the troops has been more inspirational than anything,” she told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column at amfAR’s Inspiration Gala Los Angeles to benefit the Foundation’s AIDS research programs. “My brother flies F16’s in the Air Force, and for him, it’s been a non-issue this entire time, and for most military people I know it’s the same. It’s us out here in the public that has a problem with it, which I think is a pity. Just like anything, it’s new and uncomfortable for them at first, and then it’s normal.”

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'The Tell-Tale Heart' Articles
Article written on November 4, 2011 by Riikkae-mail

Read an interview with Rose from the set of The Tell-Tale Heart, courtesy of, at our very own library.

I’m kind of at this strange crossroads in my life. I’m trying to figure out where I want to be. And I love Los Angeles in the sense that I love my friends there and I love my life there, but the business 24-7 just grinds on you. There’s no escape for you. I notice that my self-esteem and my general sense of well-being is much higher when I’m not there, and it’s sort of sad to live your life somewhere that makes you sad.

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'The Tell-Tale Heart' Articles
Article written on November 3, 2011 by Riikkae-mail

With its rich stock of midnight drearies — to say nothing of its black cats and purloined miscellany — New Orleans at any time of year feels like a custom-made setting for an Edgar Allan Poe story.

At Halloween time, however, it feels like a match made in — well, made somewhere. Which explains just about everything you need to know about the tone of the indie production of Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart that crept quietly into town almost two weeks ago and which will continue shooting through Nov. 10.

For star Rose McGowan (Charmed, Grindhouse) that kind of instant atmosphere is an actor’s dream. “Basically, if I could liken this movie to anything,” McGowan said, “it would be a dark moonlit night, (seen) through the Spanish moss.”

In other words, although Poe’s original Gothic tale doesn’t specify a location, the specter of New Orleans can’t help but float in and out of writer-director John La Tier’s feature-length adaptation. In fact, La Tier, who moved to an apartment near the Algiers ferry during the script’s early development, couldn’t resist but to incorporate the city’s textures into his film.

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Article written on September 15, 2011 by Riikkae-mail

Rose McGowan has clearly been raising her profile this fashion week. In addition to the Tommy Hilfiger after-party and the Preen show, she made it to Donna Karan Monday afternoon. McGowan, who just starred in Conan the Barbarian in a role that had her look “completely insane with prosthetics,” her next role is in a television film called The Pastor’s Wife. “I am playing an invisible woman,” she said. “It’s the hardest part I have ever done.” She was far from invisible at the Donna Karan show, though, wearing a striking red Donna Karan dress replete with matching lipstick. She clearly loves the fashion spectacle. “It’s like running on fumes, but goddamit we all look pretty,” she said.

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' Conan the Barbarian' Articles Project News
Article written on August 18, 2011 by Mycahe-mail

Leaderpost published this article about Rose today. Read the full thing our press library. In mainly chronicles Rose’s career but check out this funny quote!

“It’s the ultimate mullet. That could be the most punk-rock haircut a girl could have.” – on her Conan hairstyle

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