Rose McGowan Vows To Raise Consciousness With E! Series ‘Citizen Rose’

By Meredith Blake
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Previously best known for her work in the WB series “Charmed,” Rose McGowan has over the past year become one of the most vocal critics of gender discrimination and sexual abuse in the entertainment industry. In December, she was among the “Silence Breakers” named as Time magazine’s person of the year.

PASADENA, Calif.

Make way for “Citizen Rose.”

At the Television Critics Assn. winter press tour in Pasadena on Tuesday, Rose McGowan previewed the upcoming unscripted series that documents her transformation from actress to activist, advocate and agitator.

Fielding questions from a packed room of reporters, she was by turns smart, funny, fierce and vulnerable, dropping quotes from the animated film “Monsters, Inc.,” referencing the ACT UP movement and expressing her desire to “smash the 1 percent.”

“I’m really just trying to stop international rapists and child molesters,” she said. “Raising awareness and consciousness is really, really important to me.”

Previously best known for her work in the WB series “Charmed,” McGowan has over the past year become one of the most vocal critics of gender discrimination and sexual abuse in the entertainment industry. In December, she was among the “Silence Breakers” named as Time magazine’s person of the year.

She was one of the first women to come forward with allegations against Harvey Weinstein, whom she recently named as the man she had long and publicly accused of raping her at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997 when she was a 23-year-old rising star. (At Tuesday’s panel, she obliquely referred to him as “my monster.”)

Since 1997, McGowan claims that the film producer waged a systematic campaign of intimidation against McGowan, reportedly hiring former Israeli intelligence officers and offering large sums of hush money to keep her silent.

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