Project Spotlight

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."



Rose McGowan's Style Quotes
On make-up: "I love make-up because when I was really young, I ran away from home at 13 and I earned money making-up drag queens. I like having a simple look: eye pencil, mascara, big and long eyelashes and colorful lips. And even if everyone on the set says I should wear red lipstick, I wear pink and fucsia. The make-up I wear in Death Proof was made by me." (2007)

On skin care: "I like my very pale skin. I love face cream, such as La Prairie - it is excellent for the skin. I can't live without Brightening Eye that hides eye bags. They are very expensive products but the only ones for my skin that is so sensitive." (2007)

"I love Murad products, because they don't have any scent, which irritates my skin. I use Perfecting night cream and their alphahydroxy wash, which is a really light facial scrub. I always wear Neutrogena SPF 45; it's the only sunblock that's not sticky. I'm Irish. If I went out in the sun I would turn red and then go back to white. Not appealing." (2001)

On her make-up bag: "I have La Prairie foundation in Shade One, Make Up for Ever Color Stick in R5, and the best mascara in the world: Christian Dior Long Optique. My favourite pink lip color is Nars Schiap - it's an insane hot pink. It's so wrong, it's right. I'm also in love with Cargo Cocoa Beach eye shadow, which is perfect for brows." (2001)

On her eyebrows: "I draw them in. I have no eyebrows due to a tragic accident with the tweezers when I was 19. I was in bed with the flu and had a 102-degree fever. I don't know why, but I decided it was time to pluck off all my eyebrows. Ladies, if your immune system is compromised, don't ever tweeze your eyebrows. Parts of them never came back. I think it's karma for making fun of the lunch ladies who had crazy, drawn-on eyebrows." (2001)

On powder: "All young women should stop wearing powder. I made a friend of mine stop using it, and she literally looks 10 years younger." (2001)

On hair care: "My hair is probably my greatest indulgence. I never wanted to make a lot of money so I could buy a grand house. I just wanted to make enough so I would never have to blow-dry my own hair again. I don't think I've blow-dried my own hair in about three or four years; I go to Goodform, a Los Angeles salon, for blowouts. I love Bumble and Bumble Gentle shampoo and Aveda Pure-Fume Brilliant Spray-on." (2001)

On her style: "I would say it's moody. I might feel like Babe Paley in the 1950s today, and then tomorrow it could be some strange eighties influence." (2001)

On shoes: "I own about 150 pairs of shoes. I love Jimmy Choo and Manolo heels. My theory is: If you're going to be uncomfortable and wear heels, you might as well wear supertall ones." (2001)

On staying in shape: "I don't like sports. I tried yoga and meditation but I can't do that. My hobby is singing." (2007)

"I have a home gym and an amazing personal trainer named Brendan McCarthy. I work out twice a week using weights and on an elliptical trainer. I think women look better with a little more weight on them. Being super-thin makes you look haggard." (2001)

On aging: "I don't believe that you have to cut off all you hair and perm it when you turn 50. French women of all ages are so chic because they accept different stages of life and maintain their style and beauty throughout. I don't believe in rules. I would be happy to be climbing a pyramid when I'm 70. And I know I will be." (2001)

On her beauty icons: "Joan Collins, Ava Gardner and Elizabeth Taylor. I tend to gravitate toward women with dark hair. I like people with strong looks, like Paloma Picasso. The French call certain women "jolie laide", which means "pretty ugly." You can look amazingly beautiful from one angle and at the same time crushingly ugly from another." (2001)

On lipliner: "I don't believe in it. I think women age themselves when they do that. Among my girlfriends I'm known as the makeover queen - I get them all to stop wearing lip liner." (2001)

On her fashion trick: "Frederick's of Hollywood clear plastic spike heels ($39) work with any outfit." (1999)

On her look now: "Tight and tailored. My favorite thing is Anna Molinari, with a big dose of vintage shoes." (1999)

On her look five years from now: "Glamour-puss. I want to pull off the Oscar-night look." (1999)

On her style as a teenager: "As far back as I can remember, I was always attracted to anything that was glamorous. When I was about 12 I would use primary colors - yellow, green, blue eye shadow to draw little stripes on my eyelids. When my dad threw away my makeup I took my sister's crayons and melted them over the stove and painted on my stripes. That's how dedicated I was to the cause of makeup."

"When I was 13 I was going through a crazy little Goth phase, and I drew black spiderwebs on my face. I got picked on because of it, but I still think, in hindsight, it was kind of cute. Maybe my life would have been a bit easier without them though."

On the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards dress: "I had a really bad sinus infection, I had taken four Sudafed's, and I had a 103 fever, clearly I needed air conditioning."

"At the time I really didn't understand the concept of the American media, let alone realise that the image of me in that tight dress would be a sticking point for life. I mean, the following day it was even on the front page of an Australian newspaper! These days it's more like, 'Please don't let me see that picture again - it's so boring!'"

"That was actually inspired by Carol Lombard... I'm kind of a bit of a prankster, and so was she. And I was reading a biography on her, and she had gone to a premiere at the Mann Chinese Theater, and everyone... All her publicists, 'Where's Carol, where's Carol.' And this old ambulance rips up the red carpet, people dash out of the way, and they pull her out. And she's lying on a stretcher with just white tape on her bits and pieces. So I decided it would be kind of a super funny prank. I didn't quite understand the concept of electronic media, and that it would be there forever. I just think... I didn't think it through. But I still thought it was funny, and I still think it's funny."

"Being in love frees you up, lets you be more flamboyant. Although my usual line is, 'I was feeling very Laura Ashley that day.'"