Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan


9/5/1973, Florence, Italy

Birth Name

Rose Arianna McGowan



Also Known As

Rose McGowen
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Rose Arianna McGowan was born in Florence, Italy. Her mother is French, and her father was Irish. She was the second oldest of six kids. She moved to the USA at age nine. She later ran away to Los Angeles, where she met Gregg Araki, Doom Generation director,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Rose is #5 in AIM's "50 Hottest Redheads".

    • Rose is ranked #8 in the "100 Hottest Brunettes of AIM".

    • Rose was ranked #6 in Femme Fatale's 50 Sexiest Women in 2003.

    • Despite saying that she wasn't eager to jump into another TV series after the end of Charmed, it was announced in May 2008 that Rose had signed on to lead the cast of a proposed TV series entitled Women In Chains!, to be produced by Robert Rodriguez.

    • In November 2007 Rose was a guest programmer on cable channel Turner Classic Movies. This led to her role as co-host on the same channel's "The Essentials" in 2008.

    • Rose ranked #44 in Maxim's 2007 Hot 100 List.

    • Rose is officially engaged to director Robert Rodríguez.

    • Rose owns approximately 97 pairs of shoes.

    • In March 2007, Rose broke three of her toes after she walked into a door.

    • In early 2007, Rose's glasses were crushed into her face after an airbag in a car deployed. She had to receive emergency plastic surgery to repair her eyelids.

    • Rose took her dog, Fester, to the set of Charmed in Season Eight. Fester was soon joined by the pets of cast member Alyssa Milano, and other crew members.

    • Rose was one of the presenters of "The Scream Awards 2006".

    • One of Rose's favorite episodes in Charmed was Charmed Noir, as she loves anything from the 40's time period, which was what the episode was based around.

    • Rose is mentioned in Dave Navarro's book "Don't Try This At Home". It features pictures of her alone and also with her ex, rock musician Marilyn Manson.

    • Rose and Rebecca Gayheart both feature on the front cover of "Film-Fest DVD: Issue 1 - Sundance".

    • Rose admires: Sophia Loren, Ralph Fiennes, Susan Sarandon, Linda Fiorentino, Clara Bow, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Jessica Lange and Ava Gardner.

    • Rose suffered from agoraphobia (an abnormal fear of open or public places) and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; a type of anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, persistent and unwanted thoughts or ritualistic behaviors that a person feels driven to perform).

    • When the future of Charmed was still uncertain, Rose was the first of the three leads to confirm she would not continue with the show if The CW wanted a ninth season. Co-stars Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano eventually followed suit.

    • In 2005, Rose was offered the chance to become one of Charmed's executive producers, following in the footsteps of co-stars Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano. When she discovered that becoming a producer would not increase her wages in any way, she turned down the offer.

    • Rose is good friends with director Quentin Tarantino, and the two are frequently seen at parties together. Grindhouse is the first project they have both worked on.

    • Rose sometimes feels that her acting career cannot compare in importance to the careers of her two sisters: Ava is a history teacher and Daisy is a scientist.

    • Rose did all her own stunts in the movie Scream.

    • Rose says she will miss the crew of Charmed the most.

    • Rose gets bored easily with many of her acting roles.

    • Rose dreams of being a museum curator.

    • The tabloid press have reported that she has dated both Friends star Matthew Perry and actor George Clooney. In truth, she has never met Perry, whilst the so-called pictures revealing her relationship with Clooney were taken at an awards show where Rose was talking to him about his father Nick, who presented the documentary series American Movie Classics for five years in the late 1990's.

    • Rose frequently bases her "look" on the style of stars from the 1940's, stating that Marlene Dietrich and Ava Gardner are her "style icons."

    • Rose is one of only three actors who appear in both segments of Grindhouse. In the Robert Rodriguez-directed segment Planet Terror, she plays a go-go dancer called Cherry Darling who battles a plague of zombies, before playing the character of Pam, a trusting young woman, in the Quentin Tarantino-directed segment Death Proof.

    • Rose joined Charmed in order to raise her profile around the world, since many directors turned her down for movie roles due to her lack of international fame.

    • Rose was personally called up by director Brian De Palma to appear in his movie The Black Dahlia. Flying to Romania to film her scenes, she and De Palma struck up a friendship after they bonded over their love for the movies and style of the 1940's.

    • In 1999, Rose appeared in the short film Sleeping Beauties, in which she had no dialogue and was lying down for the entire duration of the movie.

    • Like many actresses, Rose has a very slight figure. She weighs in at just 93 pounds.

    • Her dog Fester was named after Uncle Fester on The Addams Family.

    • Rose can read a book in less then 3 hours.

    • Rose loves singing karaoke to Pasty Cline.

    • Rose was considered a loner in high school. She wore black and spent most of her time in the library.

      When Rose was 14, she was sent to a drug rehab center because of her appearance, even though she wasn't on drugs. She hated it, ran away and was homeless for a year.

    • In April of 2007, the action doll Cherry of the character Rose played in the motion picture Grindhouse was released by NECA Toys.

    • Rose had to cancel her appearance at The Witching Hour convention which took place on the 14th to the 16th of July 2006 because her schedule wouldn't allow her enough time off to be able to go.

    • Rose's bust size is 36C.

    • In June 2001, the WB network announced that Rose would be playing Paige Matthews, the long-lost, baby half-sister of Prue, Piper and Phoebe on the hit series Charmed. She was cast after Shannen Doherty, who played eldest sister Prue Halliwell, was fired when she refused to sign a two-year contract extension.

    • In the movie Strange Hearts (also known as Roads to Riches) Rose sang Protection.

    • In Season 5 of Charmed, Rose sang the Peggy Lee c Fever for the episode Sense and Sense Ability.

    • Rose was born on the same day as Alexandra Kerry, daughter of Senator John Kerry.

    • Rose attended high school with Nicole Berger.

    • She knits, gardens, and collects Marlene Dietrich memorabilia.

    • Rose's height is 5'5" (1.65 m).

    • Rose's mother, Terri, was a writer, but she now works for Microsoft. Her father, Daniel, is an artist. Her parents divorced by the time she was 10 and she went to live with grandmother in Washington. Rose has two brothers, two sisters and two half siblings.

    • On February 22, 2006, Rose McGowan appeared at UC Irvine to help raise awareness and confront myths about sexual assault on college campuses across the nation. Rose courageously shed her Hollywood image to have a "real talk" with students about the ways that they are affected by alcohol and sexual violence. The event was free and open to the public.

    • She was engaged to shock-rocker Marilyn Manson (aka Brian Warner) in 1999 but broke it off in early 2001. She dated actor Kip Pardue(who met her on the set of the movie Strange Hearts) in 2001 and Ahmet Zappa (who met her on the set of Ready to Rumble) from 2001 till 2002. She has since been involved in an on/off relationship with Men's Health Magazine editor David Zinczenko since 2002. She has also been romantically linked with actors Ryan Phillippe and Matthew Lillard, but both relationships have neither been confirmed or denied. As of May 2008, she is currently engaged to her Grindhouse director Robert Rodriguez.

    • Rose gained a reputation for playing brassy, violent characters. One particularly violent film was Devil In The Flesh where she played a serial murderer and stalker while still only in high school. One especially violent scene showed her beating her grandmother to death with her own cane.

    • Rose thinks of her self as the 'ditzy' one out of her fellow cast members in Charmed. She says she always falls over when acting but also by accident. She also admits to doing clumsy things on set.

    • At age 15, Rose left to live on her own, legally emancipated, supporting herself with several odd jobs, often having to lie about her age. Living on her own meant being forced to live on the streets for a short time, but despite this she later attended art and beauty school before heading to Los Angeles where she was found outside a gym because thought it was "too corny" and had a chance encounter with independent film director Gregg Araki. Her performance in Araki's dark road movie earned her a nomination for Best Newcomer at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards.

    • Rose was a child model, for Vogue Bambini and other Italian magazines from age three, but did not start acting until she was in her teen years.

    • Rose adores British pop music.

    • Rose has been a victim of sexual assault, which has led to discussions on the subject among campus groups.

    • Rose has dictionaries in Italian, French, and German. Though she cannot speak all these languages she wants to have the resources to do this.

    • Rose's favorite comedy series was Bewitched and the role of Samantha was one she dreamed of playing.

    • Rose hates having to use the word "vanquish" on Charmed.

    • Rose once had a crush on Jason Priestley who starred in Beverly Hills 90210.

    • Rose adores red lipstick.

    • Rose dislikes traveling on trains and so going to London was something of a challenge for her.

    • The first episode of Charmed that Rose starred in managed to pull in 6.0 million viewers.

    • Rose revealed that she still goes to her ex boyfriend's concerts: "What can I say? I'm a groupie but without the sex."

    • Rose loves the smell after it rains.

    • Rose finds men in uniform attractive.

    • Rose has no desire to have children, her dogs are enough for her!

    • Rose was ranked #17 as one of the sexiest women in the world.

    • When Rose was growing up she had three dogs, two birds, four rats and two rabbits.

    • In 1997, she had the distinction of starring in four films appearing at the Sundance Film Festival: Going All the Way, Lewis & Clark & George, a cameo role in Nowhere and the short film Seed.

    • Rose's favorite season is winter as this is when her pale skin looks the best.

    • Rose has a habit of brushing her hair if she's worried.

    • Rose does not have a personal relationship with her Charmed co-stars; though she gets on well with both Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs she does not feel the urge to befriend them. "After what happened with Shannen I was slightly less quick to form relationships with the cast. I'm a lot closer to the crew than the girls though I think they're great".

    • Rose tends to dislike fake blondes on the outset, "I don't know what it is but on first impressions they always seem really stupid."

    • After Rose's arrival in the U.S. the future actress took a brief job at a McDonald's fast food restaurant. During her 5-day stint at the restaurant Rose became a vegetarian in protest of the non-vegetarian options at McDonald's. Her efforts were pointless however and Rose quit the job after just a week.

    • Rose hated dressing up as a nymph and a goddess during Season 5 of Charmed and disliked the fairytale style of the season. Rose prefers serious drama as she takes her work very seriously.

    • Rose prefers e-mail to phoning, because she has the opportunity to think about her response.

    • Rose was a misfit in high school and began hanging out in gay bars, where she said she felt accepted.

    • Rose's favorite scary movie is Gaslight.

    • Rose watched the movie Viva Las Vegas over and over in order to prepare her role for Ann-Margret in the mini-series Elvis.

    • Rose has a tattoo of a Varga Girl on her shoulder.

    • In October 2005, Rose was handcuffed and detained after a misunderstanding at a Hollywood party. Rose jokes, "If you need to be handcuffed, do it in a Dolce & Gabbana dress."

    • Rose can be heard on the Marilyn Manson song Posthuman from the album Mechanical Animals (1998). She repeats the lines "All that glitters is gold" three times.

    • Rose attended high school with Rape of Lucrece director Nicole Berger.

    • Rose landed the role of Tatum Riley in Scream after Melinda Clarke turned it down. Coincidentally, the two later worked together when she guest-starred on Charmed in October 2002 as the evil Siren.

    • Rose auditioned for the role of Lisa in Girl, Interrupted that eventually went to Angelina Jolie.

    • Rose's natural hair color is auburn. She's had it dyed many times for her various roles, Charmed in particular.

    • Rose was ranked #39 in Stuff Magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" in 2002.

    • Rose absolutely hates fish, and never eats sushi.

    • Rose's favorite Charmed episode is The Power of Three Blondes. Her least favorite episodes are the two-part episode Oh My Goddess and Nymphs Just Wanna Have Fun.

    • Rose has no eyebrows; she shaved them off for Phantoms and they never grew back. She pencils them in and just recently they have began to appear again.

    • Rose feels that her "ass dress" (which she wore to the 1998 MTV Movie Awards) is the prank that will never die.

    • In 2004, Rose sold her home in the Hollywood Hills to The O.C. star Rachel Bilson for $1.2 million.

    • Rose was involved in a long-distance romance with magazine editor Dave Zinczenko, and regularly jetted between her home in Los Angeles and his New York to see him.

    • Rose made $55,000 per episode in her early years of Charmed, which was bumped up to $102,000 per episode from season seven onward.

    • It is incorrectly rumored throughout the internet that Rose has a cameo in Scream 2 as an audience member during the screening of Stab.

    • In March 2001 she dated Kip Pardue, her co-star in movies such as Roads to Riches and Vacuums.

    • The role of Paige Matthews on Charmed was won by Rose amongst many other notable actresses such as, Soleil Moon Frye, Tiffani Thiessen and Rebecca Gayheart.

    • Rose sings in BT's song Superfabulous with Scott McCloud.

    • Rose wrote a song which she sang in the film Strange Hearts called Protection.

    • Rose never sunbathes!

    • Rose was raised in a cult her father ran in Italy called the Children of God. Actors Joaquin and River Phoenix were also raised in the cult. They were all forced to sing in the streets to raise money. She and her family fled the cult when Rose was aged 9, after allegations of sexual abuse involving minors came to light within the cult. Rose was not one of the abused, but her family quickly realized the type of people they were associated with.

    • Rose dyed her hair blonde in order to contrast her black hair from Neve Campbell's in the horror movie Scream.

    • In October 2001, Rose told Howard Stern that she broke up with Marilyn Manson because she was tired of the rock and roll lifestyle he engaged in. When pressed further, she admitted that drug use was a big part of that lifestyle.

    • Blood red lipstick and a very light complexion are her trademarks.

    • Rose was nominated for a 1999 MTV Movie Award for Best Villain for her role as Courtney Shayne in Jawbreaker.

    • Rose was nominated for a 1996 Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance for her role as Amy Blue in The Doom Generation.

    • Rose is the only person who has ever attended the VMA's nude.

    • Rose spends $50 every month to get her dogs' nails painted.

  • Quotes

    • Rose: (asked if she would ever do a TV show again) They'll have to hit me over the head, because it's not conducive to a person like me who likes to move around a lot and not have any repetition in my life. I even had hypnosis in the beginning to learn how to handle going to the same set, day after day - and it helped. Having said that, I know the last episode of this show (charmed) will be incredibly emotional for all of us because I see them more than my own family.

    • Rose: (on charmed) When Billy Zane was on the series, that was great.

    • Rose: Growing up, I always wanted to be a stylish Italian woman.

    • Rose: I realized a career is built as much on what you don't do as what you do do.

    • Rose: I have great luck. I'm used to people dying and going away. Not used to it exactly, but I expect it. Like, whenever people go off on a trip, I save their phone messages because I think they might die.

    • Rose: But there's definitely a bit of Mae West in me. I think self-amusement is possibly the most important thing one has.

    • Rose: Whatever's going to be is what's going to be.

    • Rose: I feel people have tried to stamp out what is special about me. Why should I downplay myself to make someone else more comfortable?

    • Rose: (on Charmed) We continue to get treated like the ugly stepchild of the network. Anyway, I'm proud of what we accomplished.

    • Rose: I possibly suffer from over-empathy. If one person starts crying, I'll cry. If one person has no money, I'll give them mine. If I had a bicycle growing up, I always felt incredibly guilty when i saw someone sitting at the bus stop.

    • Rose: (joking) I've always admitted it: I'm a man with really nice breasts -- I'm so guilty of doing every single male thing. Not calling, not showing up, leaving at four in the morning.

    • Rose: I have a baby yellow BMW stick shift. When I drive, I literally have a script propped up on the steering wheel while trying to do a U-turn and put on lipstick. I've been known to run into parked cars. But I always leave a note saying I'm sorry -- I just don't leave any information.

    • Rose: I still say I can do whatever I want as long as I'm not hurting anybody else. I don't understand why more people aren't like that.

    • Rose: I like Garbage a bit. I have to say I think Hole is really awful, and I really don't understand how anyone could think otherwise. (Courtney Love) must terrify the reviewers, because they're all afraid to give her a bad review, and there's no way people can think that album (Celebrity Skin) is good. No way.

    • Rose: A wild child, I'm definitely not. I'm like a grandma in a young person's body. I always have been. When I was nine, I was worried about incontinence. I used to read medical journals and was convinced I had every single disease that struck old people. I think that's why I feel younger as I've got older; I'm afraid to let go of my age-related illnesses.

    • Rose: (on her reputation) I'm not the slut I'm sometimes made out to be by the evil press. Though I'm sure I have an ex-boyfriend who would disagree. I've been called 'Cruella'.

    • Rose: I'm a bit of a dog person, after being called one I decided just to embrace it and make a whole family.

    • Rose: You know how often guys say, 'You smell just like a rose?'. To which I say, 'You look just like a dipsh!t'.

    • Rose: People thought I was wild because of who I was with (Manson). In reality I've been home baking cupcakes.

    • Rose: 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.

    • Rose: People get used to a diet of beige, and they can't handle it when something shocking pink comes along.

    • Rose: It's my job to spread deviance to the American youth.

    • Rose: You have to work to carve out your own little corner, and I'm certainly smacking my head against the wall trying to make a dent. I just hope I don't get brain-damaged before I get there.

    • Rose: I know I am kind and I have fun and if I sat there and worried about what everybody else thought of me my brain would be very crowded.

    • Rose: I always thought I was more satanic than Manson. (Discussing the sinister reputation of her ex-fiancé Marilyn Manson).

    • Rose: I'm a pussycat unless you do something to one of my friends. Then I'll think of unique ways to get back at you. I'm more creative than your average bear.

    • Rose: I want to live in Paris. I want to learn to ice-skate and to box. I want to get a degree in Egyptology. I would like to not have to say 'Like, oh my God!' in any movies. I would like to have a day go by without people screaming various obscenities about body parts. I'd like to still have Bug and Fester, my Boston terriers. I think I'd like to be with my boyfriend, except (laughs) I'm pretty commitment-shy. I'd like to please my father, who used to be in the Children of God, and do at least one more 'porno' film -- which is what he called The Doom Generation. I'd like to start some sort of counseling program for girls -- when I was that age I was always told that I was gonna burn in hell. I would like to lose the guilt I have for compulsive spending. I would like to stop being addicted to diet hot chocolate.

    • Rose: I don't really care how people view me particularly. It's not really any of my business because everyone is going to have their own opinion and if I started thinking about what everyone else thought of me, I'd go crazy.

    • Rose: (at the Legally Blonde 2 premiere) I'm a fan of pink, I'm a fan of high-heeled shoes and I'm a fan of strange-looking dogs, so this hits all the notes for me.

    • Rose: When I lived in Europe, I was usually pretty exalted for the way I looked. I had minions who would run and get me candy, but when I moved to Oregon and entered my Goth phase with spiky black hair, kids threw things at me.

    • Rose: I think if I had lived back in Salem, I would have been burned at the stake.

    • Rose: (on the "Children of God" cult) I don't remember so much their ideology, but I don't think they were even very clear on that. Mostly, I think it's funny, but I have a perverse sense of humor. Anyway, you don't know it's not the white picket fence until someone points it out. Actually, for me it was kind of idyllic.

    • Rose: Life gets better when you embrace your geekiness.

    • Rose: I think I ran so hard and so fast, in a lot of ways, from my life and I kind of took a fall. It was like - what do they call it? - Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

    • Rose: I thought that Charmed was a funny part to play, but I'm dying to do other things now, which is why I'm on a starvation diet right now.

    • Rose: I am going to be pretty kick a** by the time I'm thirty, and I can't wait!!

    • Rose: I was supposed to be the belle of the ball, but I only lasted a day there and then, on January 29, my best friend committed suicide.

    • Rose: I was up watching Meet Joe Black at four in the morning. I was hoping Brad Pitt would die, and he was still alive at seven forty in the morning! I actually felt sorry for once, for critics.

    • Rose: I've got calls saying I was too strong an actress for a particular part and that I would make the other actors seem weak.

    • Rose: I've seen many actors go awry by making the wrong choices early on.

    • Rose: It wasn't that I was shy to go out with Marilyn, I just didn't want people with preconceived notions to assume anything about why we were together. I was pretty careful for a while.

    • Rose: There have been a lot of murders and suicides in my family; it's like the primary cause of death. I wonder if there's a certain energy that attracts that.

    • Rose: To me, it's obvious that the better the actors involved in the movie, the more likely the film itself will rise to the occasion.

    • Rose: The stereotypical woman is always getting a guy to call her- like in those retarded magazines: "100 WAYS TO MAKE HIM LOVE YOU NOW". F*** that. When I'm done with someone, I'm done.

    • Rose: (on what she was like in high school) My look was Punk-goth-Mod. I'd ride on people's Vespas listening to Bauhaus and I'd be piercing my nose in the bathroom. I had chopped-off black hair and wore Revlon 'Love That Red' lipstick. Every guy at school came up to me and said: 'You're the ugliest thing I've ever seen.'

    • Rose: Hollywood is all about making an entrance. I don't want to be a walking advertisement for anyone than myself.

    • Rose: I think I would've been a kick ass Cleopatra!

    • Rose: I figured you would talk about my breast so I might as well wear a nice shirt.

    • Rose: When I die I want to be buried under a tree.

  • Rose McGowan is best known for her role of Paige Matthews, half sister of Prue, Piper and Phoebe Halliwell in the tv series "Charmed", but for a time, she was equally recognizeable as the fiancee of rock star Marilyn Manson.moreless

    Born on September 5th, 1973 in Florence, Italy, to a French mother and an Irish father, Rose McGowan is possibly best known for the her role as Paige Matthews in the television series "Charmed" Rose joined the show at the beginning of Season Four after the departure of Shannen Doherty at the end of the third season. Rose's character, Paige Matthews, turned out to be the half sister of the Halliwell sisters; the result of an affair between their mother, Patty, and her Whitelighter, Sam.

    Although stepping in to replace such a well known actress as Shannen Doherty, Rose soon had legions of fans of her own. As the youngest, most inexperienced Halliwell witch, Paige had her share of problems, but McGowan played her with a warmth, sincerity and at times child-like innocence which only served to increase her popularity with the show's fans.

    Rose has also been in the public eye as the former fiance of singer Marilyn Manson and because of stories of alleged drug abuse and her family's involvement in a religious cult known as The Children Of God. Rose has constantly denied the rumors of drug use and ended her realtionship with Manson in 2001 reportedly due to having become disillusioned by the lifestyle of the rocker. A fine singer herself, Rose treated "Charmed" fans to a rendition of 'Fever' during her time on the show.

    Rose has also had roles in films such as "Scream" (1996)and "Planet Terror" (2007) and is well regarded by directors and producers in Hollywood.moreless
  • rose is an amazing actress and gave charmed a fresh vibe to it.

    rose is so talented at what ever project she does whether it is comedy, horror or even action. she gets into the character which helps her give an even better performance. she has done so well with her career after starting out in The Doom Generation. Rose has got such a great feel to her that keeps her getting parts in movies. She always gives 110% in all of her performances which what can i see she pulls it off very well. i just hope that rose keeps get more and more roles that will suit her well, but no matter what the role is rose always pulls it off.moreless