Dawn (2013, short, drama)
Directed by Rose McGowan Starring Tara Barr, Reiley McClendon and Hannah Marks
"I just finished my first piece for RSA Black Dog, which is Ridley Scott's commercial music video company. I directed a 20-minute short with amazing actors. It was a really amazing project to do, and I felt really comfortable doing it, more so than I ever have acting."
“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]
As we know, Rose McGowan guest stars as a young Cora in the March 10 episode of ABC’s Once Upon a Time. The network has now released an official description for the episode.
Rose McGowan (Charmed) Guest Stars as Younger Cora
The Miller’s Daughter – Cora’s desire to rid herself of Rumplestiltskin in order to take his place as The Dark One takes one step closer to becoming reality as she and Regina try to overpower a dying Mr. Gold, and Mary Margaret is once again tempted by dark magic. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin agrees to offer his services to a younger Cora – for a price – when the king calls her bluff and orders her to actually follow through on her boast of being able to spin straw into gold, on Once Upon a Time, Sunday, March 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Once Upon a Time stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O’Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Meghan Ory as Red Riding Hood/Ruby, and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.
Guest starring are Barbara Hershey as Cora, Michael Raymond-James as Neal Cassidy, Rose McGowan as younger Cora, Gerry Rousseau as father, Joaquim de Almeida as King Xavier, Eva Allan as Princess Eva, Zak Santiago as Prince Henry and Sonequa Martin-Green as Tamara.
The Miller’s Daughter was written by Jane Espenson and directed by Ralph Hemecker.
Very exciting news on this beautiful morning! According to E! Online’s Watch with Kristin, Rose McGowan might be back on Once Upon a Time for the show’s next season!
Read on for details – but beware for some potential spoilers.
Nicole F.: Can you tell me anything else about Rose McGowan’s character on Once? I’ve been obsessed with her since Charmed!
That’s a great question, which is why we posed it to McGowan herself. We already know she’s playing a younger version of Cora in an origin episode airing next month, but did you also know she’s part of a love story? “I fall madly in love, and then it ends tragically,” she tells us. “Most of my stuff is with Rumple. And it was an amazing experience and I’ll see them again next season.” Next season? Does this mean we’ll see her character again? “It’s in the works,” McGowan tells us coyly.
According to IMDb, John La Tier’s The Tell-Tale Heart will see its North American release on October 15, 2013. Keep in mind that this has not been confirmed by official sources as of it so take it with a grain of salt. But fingers crossed we’ll see the film this year!
In other movie related news, the Chris Ekstein directed Last of the Duanes has been renamed Rise of the Lonestar Ranger and it will open March 6, 2014 in USA.
Last but not least, Rose’s Once Upon a Time episode, titled The Miller’s Daughter, will air on March 6, 2013 on ABC!
ABC’s Once Upon a Time regularly goes back in time to Storybrook residents’ former lives in fairytale land. Now the show will jump even further back in the past with an origin episode that will explore the backstory of Regina’s own Evil Queen’s evil mom. According to Deadline, Rose McGowan has been tapped to guest star as a younger version of the evil mom Cora (Barbara Hershey) in a flashback.
The gallery has been updated with 1,500+ Blu-ray screencaptures of Rose McGowan as Dr. Sonny Blake in Rosewood Lane (2011). Although not my favorite Rose film by any means, I do think it marks one of her more mature performances along with The Pastor’s Wife and hence makes me even more excited to see what the actress has in store for us next!
Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Rosewood Lane if you’re in North America as it is available on both Blu-ray and DVD.
Many thanks to Dale for his helping in sorting out the screencaptures!
Miss McGowan is currently out and about at the Milan Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2013. “I prefer the Milan Fashion Week to New York Fashion Week. There’s just more art to it, I think, and less commerce,” Rose told WWD.com. The gallery has been updated with photos of Rose at various shows and events these past couple of days. Do check out a lovely photo of the actress and her sister Eva at the Dolce & Gabbana Store Opening Party last night.
Furthermore, Rose revealed that she will soon star on a new TV show on ABC! “I can’t say what it is yet,” she teased. Can’t wait to hear more about this project!
She also spoke about shooting in New Orleans on The Tell-Tale Heart, in which she plays a ghostly apparition. “She turns out to be a figment of somebody else’s imagination, so the outfits and the costumes got to be really elaborate and totally nonreality based, which was great fun. And I had an amazing rental house in the French Quarter with all the ivy and the Spanish moss hanging all around, so that added to the atmosphere.”
Late last month Rose McGowan sat down for a lengthy Q&A at Toronto’s Fan Expo, during which she touched upon several projects that she currently has in the pipeline.
• Rose shared that she recently signed with Dolly Parton’s manager and hopes to record an album in Nashville in the next few months!
• We learned earlier this year of Rose’s plans to direct a short film. Now she said that she is about to direct a film starring Piper Laurie (Carrie) and Joshua Close (The Master). We don’t know if this is perhaps the short film that she talked about earlier or a full length feature – but, as always, we’ll keep you posted!
I’ll leave you with a video of Rose singing part of Fever for the lucky Expo audience.
Last month Rose McGowan filmed a role for a western titled Last of the Duanes, based on the novel of the same title by Zane Grey and directed by Christopher Ekstein. The film was adapted by Ekstein, Jason Chase Tyrrell and Stacy Ownes Ekstein. Apart from the fact that she plays a madam, we know very little about Rose’s character and the size of her role in this production. Last of the Duanes stars Scott Eastwood (son of Clint Eastwood), Danny Trejo (Machete co-star) and Jason Patric. We’ll keep you posted with any further details as they come!
Meanwhile, you can view a video interview with Rose under the cut, in which she mentions the project, and check out a few behind the scenes images in the gallery. Furthermore, here is a synopsis for the novel on which the movie is based on:
Western legend Grey (Lorna Doone, Riders of the Purple Sage) wrote this novel in 1913, but it was rejected by his early publishers, who believed it contained too much gunplay and not enough sentimentality. Buck Duane is the son of an infamous gunfighter. Although Buck is warned by his family to avoid the outlaw trail, his quick temper, steady nerve and lightning-quick hand promptly get him into trouble. After killing a bully, Buck flees the law and heads off into the harsh badlands of southwest Texas, where outlaw gangs roam the Mexican border. Buck falls in with a bad crowd, but an exaggerated reputation and a couple of nifty shootings keep him alive among the ornery rustlers and robbers. He grows into a steely-eyed gunfighter with a conscience and a saddlebag full of regrets. Despite the notches multiplying on his gun, however, Buck is a decent fellow. He rescues a young girl, Jennie Lee, from the abusive clutches of the Bland gang, only to see her abducted again. In despair, Buck hides out for several more years, dodging the law and the bushwhackers, all the while searching for Jennie Lee. When the Texas Rangers finally catch up with Buck, it’s not to kill him but to make him an offer he can’t refuse. This may have been too bloody a story for 1913, but it follows formula in the end, as the outlaw settles down, albeit with a haunted mind, to a life of humble domesticity.
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