Rose McGowan sure has a lot to say! The actress was one of the first and most vocal detractors of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and while her outspokenness has won her many fans, it has also brought her quite a few detractors as well.
She gave her first interview in several months to The Hollywood Reporter. After releasing her memoir, Brave, she caught a lot of heat for her spirited appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and an argument she got into with a reading attendee at Barnes & Noble in February. (She claims the person was “planted,” but she hasn’t said by whom). After those appearances, she fired her publicist and retreated from the public eye.
- She tells THR: “At first, I was staying at a farm with miniature ponies, but they had a wedding. So I had to leave and went to a retirement community in Florida called The Villages, which had golf carts with Trump stickers. It was like paradise for old people.”
- In the months since, McGowan has been more restrained, even on Twitter. In the interview, she only refers to Weinstein as “the Monster.” Weinstein has long denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.
- On whether he’ll go to prison, she says: “People do have to gather evidence, and that takes time. But if two women pointed somebody out that stole our purses, he’d be arrested. So how many women does it take to say he stole us? He stole our careers, stole our lives, stole our reputations. He stole how my family treats me, how men treat me, he stole all that.”
- Speaking of her reception in public, she tells THR:”If I was Reese Witherspoon, would I be treated like I am? The answer is no. But [the press] feels I’m fair game. I think it’s because [Weinstein] paid off the media for 20 years to savage me.”
- McGowan claims she was relieved when NBC passed on the Weinstein story, forcing reporter Ronan Farrow to take it to The New Yorker. “I did not want my rape spoken about over breakfast cereal on the Today show,” adds McGowan. “I’d heard about [accused sexual harasser] Matt Lauer. You can’t tell me the people at the top of NBC aren’t aware. Come on.”
- Regarding Hollywood’s denial of knowing about Weinstein’s alleged misconduct, she says she doesn’t believe it.”It still makes me mad,” she says. “If I was living next door to someone and I heard them beating up their kid every night, I wouldn’t turn my TV up louder. I would be in there, doing every single thing I could to help that kid and get them out and get them a new life. But that’s me, and I have to come to peace with the fact that not everybody’s like that.”
- On President Barack Obama, whom she met at a Leadership Summit in New Delhi: “I was disappointed he didn’t acknowledge a global fight, let alone mine,” she admits. “It was after everything had come out,” but he didn’t mention Weinstein. “I was sitting right in front of him, and he would not meet my eyes, and then at the last minute, he asked for Naomi Campbell to be put in a photo with us,” recalls McGowan. She says she was hoping she’d hear, “I’m sorry” or “Keep going, Rose.” “All he said was: ‘You ladies sure know how to pose.’ I wanted him to be better.”
- On her personal life, she alludes to a romance, but won’t get specific. “I’m with an activist and a very awake individual,” says McGowan, choosing her words — and pronouns — carefully. “When the wreckage of the past gets cleared away, you can see your future a lot more clearly. There are things I didn’t really know about myself. I’ve been a lot happier in this last month than I have been in a long time,” she says, adding with a laugh, “It takes a very complex and adventurous human to want to be with me.”
- She sounded a positive note at the end. “I do torch things,” she says. “If you go into a forest right after a fire, within days, there’s green grass growing underneath the ashes,” she says. “That’s what I’m doing right now. I’m like the grass, growing.”
- McGowan’s E! docuseries Citizen Rose returns May 17th.
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