Rose McGowan is featured in the Spring/Summer issue of Dazed magazine with a gorgeous new photoshoot and a brief interview, in which she talks about Dawn.
“I remember being at Sundance as an actress with Jared Leto, and he said, ‘It’s the final night of my television career!’, because the finale of My So-Called Life had just aired. Being there as a director is far more substantial. To be there advertising my own vision is massively different.”
Read the full article in our press library.
– Photoshoots: Dazed (2014)
Rose McGowan appeared at Sundance London last month to screen her short film Dawn to a keen audience. She took time to talk to Red Carpet News TV about her film, feminism – and what’s instore for the filmmaker next.
Be sure to watch the great interview right below!
Rose McGowan is featured in the new issue of Fault Magazine Issue #17. In it she openly admits she has made many movies she’s not proud of and discusses her disappointment over the upcoming The Tell-Tale Heart based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. Saying she hopes it stays shelved, “I felt a little duped by Tell Tale. Blinded by Poe, as it were. Sometimes you think people have a strong vision, and it’s often not the case. Very hard to tell beforehand. Sucks discovering it.” Rose goes on to say: “It’s very hard to make a film that comes together on all levels. It’s like painting with 100 paintbrushes that are held by individual egos.” It sounded like a very promising project, so it will be quite interesting if the final product ever makes release.
The article isn’t all negative though, Rose talks about how she hopes to keep directing after Dawn and that getting into Sundance with the film has been the highlight of her career.
Read the full article in our press library. The photoshoot is another fabulous one with Rose and her signature pout and big bouffant hair. View it at the gallery!
– Photoshoots: Fault (2014)
Rose McGowan made her directorial debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival with a disturbing and gripping short dubbed Dawn. Starring Tara Barr as a sheltered youth and Reiley McClendon as her seemingly dreamy beau-to-be, the film explores sex and violence in the early ’60s — a time that perilously preferred to wall off such subjects with white picket fences. Though this is the longtime actress’ first time behind the lens, her career has veered into this era before, often musically. She performed Peggy Lee’s “Fever” in an episode of Charmed, depicted singer Ann-Margaret in CBS’ Elvis series, and sung “You Belong to Me” for Planet Terror (part of 2007’s Grindhouse double-feature).
SPIN sat down with McGowan in Park City, Utah, and discovered not only that our hunch about her retro tastes was on point, but that she’s also prone to singing Sir Mix-a-Lot at family gatherings, and hiring entire brass bands while stoned. Listen in:
What inspired you to tell the story of Dawn?
I’m really fascinated by girl culture in that period. My mom, who just turned 60, was raised by that kind of a mother, where she wasn’t allowed to develop her own internal voice. Women in that era were particularly primed to please men. And to look and act perfect, which can — at any age, and for a male too — lead you down the wrong path.
Does music figure into the film?
Quite a lot. At one point, Dawn is reading a Tab Hunter interview — he’s more substantial than Justin Bieber, but he was massive — and trying to figure out how she should act on a date. He says, “I like girls that ask questions, but not too many questions,” and later you hear Hunter’s “Young Love” playing. So not modern music, per se…
But that era of music is a recurring theme in your career.
I guess I just got lost in a stitch in time. I mean, I don’t go around trying to dress like I’m from another era, but I think my brain belongs somewhere else. I grew up listening to Maria Callas and Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson. I’ve sung on soundtracks, but I’d love to sing something that’s really old school and do, like, a club remix — something super fierce.
When the time came for Rose McGowan to direct her first project…she lost the rights to the script. In a scramble, two friends—M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller—wrote a short for her, which was made into “Dawn,” about a sheltered teen looking to break out of her little bubble. Now after a lot of hard work, the film will be screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
“I told them the ending scene I wanted and the last line I wanted, and they ran with it and delivered a beautiful script,” McGowan says. And that they did. “Dawn” is a particularly haunting short film wherein a happy, perfect world turns dark, and leaves the audience wanting more.
McGowan starred on “Charmed” for many years, and in the Quentin Tarantino “Grindhouse” films, “Death Proof,” and “Planet Terror,” but with “Dawn,” she’s finally made her directorial debut. Her vision for herself as a director is modeled after the work of David O. Russell, David Fincher, and the great Billy Wilder.
The established star discusses her passion for film, and what she’s learned from directing.