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Project Spotlight

Dawn (2014, short drama)
Directed by Rose McGowan
Starring Tara Barr, Reiley McClendon and Hannah Marks

"Dawn is really about what we do to young girls unwittingly, and how we send them out into the world completely unprotected, in a way that has, at times, really tragic consequences. Being polite at the risk of your own internal voice of danger being silenced is a pretty dangerous thing."

Exclusive Rose McGowan Q&A
We had the great honor of interviewing Rose McGowan exclusively for Rose-McGowan.com. These are Rose's replies, which we received in November 2007. We wish to say a huge "thank you" to Rose and her publicist for doing this for us! It truly means a lot!!!

Riikka (and others) I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your sweet dedication. I definitely consider you a friend. The work you all do is so beautiful and incredibly comprehensive!! My mother loves it! I'm very honored that you like me. It's so nice that in this age of internet meanness that there are gentle and kind people out there. It's so strange to me that people seem to prefer being evil to those they don't know. Not just to me, but to just about every other entertainer who's biggest crime has been the desire to entertain. You guys are also incredible artists! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Q: Let's solve the middle name question once and for all. Is your middle name Arianna, Jane or something else entirely?
A: My middle name is Arianna. I have no idea where Jane came from.

Jane is a fine name, but very different from Arianna.

Q: Telegraph Magazine back in 2001 mentions that you were to star as Clara Bow in a movie about her life. What happened to the film? Is it still in works?
A: I would love for it to be in the works. Unfortunately, when the script came in, it was just not there. There are rights issues to the story that would prohibit it being rewritten by someone else. That one was a heartbreaker. However, this question has reminded me to look into it again!

Q: What is the current status of Black Oasis? The fans truly cannot wait to see you in this role!
A: Then we all have something in common! Sadly, we have hit a big snag with the Writer's strike that's on now. Delays can cause films to lose actors from, locations etc. However, I can say that it is one of the best scripts I have ever read. I cannot wait until all of the elements are rescheduled.

Q: Robert Rodriguez said you are perfect for the role of Barbarella. What attracts you to this character? Did you enjoy the original movie?
A: I can't answer that question just yet. :)) I can say that anything negative that has been written about me doing this film is utterly and completely untrue. I suppose i should've wasted more of my time trying to decipher the ramblings of a drunken, slurring writer. It seems that since i didn't give enough time to this drunk, he took out his bitterness by writing lies. One of the biggest downsides of my business is that when people have the forum to write lies, I don't have a forum to fight back. I'll be honest, that stuff does upset me and hurt my feelings.

Q: We know that you're a huge fan of old movies. If you could choose any role from the past to play, which one would you choose?
A: Ooh, great question. There are so many classics that have brilliant female roles. Gone With the Wind, Jezebel, Pillow Talk, Out of the Past, Working Girl, Jane Eyre... Sadly, in modern films, I usually wish i could play the male role. However, Cherry in Planet Terror probably makes a male actor wish they could be a girl.

Q: How do you feel about the paparazzi? Do they pose a problem to your privacy?
A: They don't get me very often. Primarily because I don't go to Hollywood clubs and I don't shop on Robertson boulevard. When 'celebrities' go to Robertson Boulevard, they are wanting to be photographed and to get into tabloids. I think it's a dangerous thing to want that kind of media coverage. It's also very weird to want that. Once you court it, you're a constant target. It isn't that hard to avoid them. I tend to gravitate towards gay clubs and things to do with fashion, not clubs like Hyde.

I, unfortunately, fell in love with Tracey Cunningham. She's a brilliant hair colorist. The paps seem to like monitoring my hair color changes. How terribly exciting.

Q: We love your song "Protection" (from Strange Hearts). Do you write a lot of music? Do you play any instruments?
A: I love singing and writing songs. I also wrote the verses for a song called Superfabulous (with BT) and sang on the Planet Terror soundtrack. That soundtrack is gorgeous and I'm thrilled to bits to have contributed to it. I'd love to do more, but it is so tricky for an actress to come out with an album. Which isn't really fair because singers don't have the same scrutiny when they try acting. In the olden days you had to be a triple threat. You were trained as a singer, dancer AND actor. I do wish it was still like that.

I wish I could play an instrument! Knowing me, I'd learn how to play the trombone or the xylophone and it'd be totally useless.

Q: Are there any other causes or charities that you support becides The Boston Terrier Rescue Net?
A: I also donate to Boston Brigade, Heifer.org, Children of the Night.

Q: Which contemporary filmmakers do you admire and would like to work with?
A: Robert Rodriguez, naturally. He's a truly amazing talent with a staggeringly unique imagination. I also would love to work with Ridley Scott, Michael Mann, Baz Luhrmann. I'm kind of blanking right now, but there are lots more. I'd love to do a period piece. That is definitely a dream of mine.

Q: You have said that you consider yourself a feminist. What do you think are the most important feminist causes of today?
A: I am. It's unfortunate that the right wing has done such an succesful job of skewing the public's idea of what a feminist is. They basically say that if you're a feminist than you must have hairy armpits, wear no bra and hate men. Nothing could be further from the truth. Wanting to be paid equally, have the same voice politically, to be taken seriously, to have medication be tested on women as well as men etc, does not mean you're a man hater, it just means you want equality.

Q: There's so many amazing photoshoots of you! Do you enjoy being photographed? Who are your favorite photographers?
A: I do. Lots of actors don't, which i don't really understand. I see it as a chance to play a character and to play dress up. Every little girl's dream. I love photography and good photographers. Some of my favorites are Ellen von Unwerth, Matthew Rolston, Mario Testino, David la Chappelle, too many to list. I've been very lucky that photographers like working with me because I like to play and have fun. I don't go to shoots with an entourage and I usually stay much later than p.r. people say I will.

Q: According to reports, you collect memorabilia of Classic Hollywood actresses. What are some of your most beloved items?
A: I love antiques and memorabilia in general. I have an RKO studios sign (giant R K O letters) and a big light up derby hat from the original Brown Derby restaurant on Hollywood & Vine. Also, signed photos of Jane Greer, Ava Gardner, Shirley Temple, Claudette Colbert, Barbara Stanwyck amongst others. i do so love the past.

Q: You have such a fabulous style! How do you choose what to wear for events? Do you use a stylist?
A: Thank you! That's very kind. I sometimes use a stylist and sometimes not. Since I have a wonderful relationship with Dolce & Gabbana, I can often just call them up. Super lucky. It definitely gives me that little girl playing dress up feeling. When I was little I used to fashion gowns and turbans out of sheets and towels. I'd pretend I was a fancy lady at a ball. I so appreciate the time and artistry that goes into making stunning, one of a kind pieces. And, getting to go home and put on my ratty pajamas after an evening out makes it feel even more Cinderella-ish.

Something I'm so excited to tell you is that I'm going to be co-hosting The Essentials with Robert Osborne on Turner Classic Movies. I'm beyond excited. To be discussing classic films with a brilliant film historian is a dream come true. The only thing that would make it more perfect would be to have my beloved Bug and Fester by my side. I suppose that IS too much to ask. :)))

Thank you so much for the great questions. I so appreciate your interest. I'm very grateful and honored. Keep up the fantastic work!!!!!!!


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