Premiere, Citizen Rose on E! two-hour documentary on Tuesday, January 30th, at 5pm PT/8pm ET on DirecTV
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2018/1/30 -“I started shooting footage for it three years ago,” says Citizen Rose star Rose McGowan. “I realized that I could not speak on camera without a script. I had never been filmed on a camera without a script.”
McGowan, who starred in the series Charmed, was dismissed by Hollywood for many years as a crank after making allegations that starlets, such as herself, are raped and sexually harassed by Hollywood producers, and that Hollywood covers up those sex crimes.
McGowan let’s the cameras in her life.
“It’s not important for me to be seen as anything”, says McGowan. “In fact, I very much loved living a private existence. This has been a long time coming, a long time being planned, what has gone down. And does that take a warrior? Absolutely.”
McGowan has been a warrior for truth in the admission of sexual assault victims and sexual harassment. She’s forthright and has publicly called out her attacker. She wants to embolden others who have been abused by the powerful to come forward. This documentary is about her taking back her power and helping others who feel they are in similar situations to speak up and be heard.
“I started doing Facebook Lives where I would just turn my face and not be able to speak,” says McGowan. “I had to train myself for the last three years to be able to actually just exist as me. And no, this is not pretty, like, all access, and it’s not always pretty, and I have no glam team. I’m not doing anything my brand, it’s raw and it’s true. And it’s my truth, and I think I’m just one of so many. This is my form of volunteer work.”
McGowan has done an album and she has a book Brave that comes out today she talks more about what happened to her, and the complicity of people in the entertainment industry.
Brave is McGowan’s memoir/manifesto. She’s determined help all be brave in the face of adversity. she wants to shed light on what was a public secret in the entertainment industry.
The documentary is McGowan’s story. She talks about her fears of being killed and followed to make sure she would not reveal what happened. She never say the name of the person she calls the monster who harmed her in the 1990s. McGowan admits accepting a $100, 000 settlement, but did not sign the NDA.
McGowan says many starlets were pressured to sign an NDA. While an NDA should not be enforceable in the suppression of criminal evidence, testing that principle in court is expensive. Wealthy producers can afford go to court. If the victim is a young actor starting a career, she cannot afford it. McGowen said during the TCA press tour in January that she is selling her house to cover her legal costs.
McGowan is a writer, director, music artist, former actress, entrepreneur, founder of #ROSEARMY and feminist and activist. Her directorial debut Dawn was nominated for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Her album and skincare line will be released in 2018.
There will be a four part series in the spring on E!