Rose McGowan had never uttered a word of English until the age of 10. Born and raised as a child in Italy, McGowan grew up surrounded by a large family in Florence and was as far away from the world of acting as one could be. It wasn’t until her family moved to the United States that she decided to make the move to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
Rose recently wrapped production on the film adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The Tell Tale Heart (2013). Starring alongside Peter Bogdanovich and Patrick John Flueger, it is a haunting tale of a man who murders an old man, and then hides his body under his floorboards, only to be driven insane by the sound of his still-beating heart.
She was most recently seen starring in Lionsgate’s film Conan the Barbarian (2011) by director Marcus Nispel. The tale of Conan and his adventures follows him across the continent of Hyboria on a quest to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village. Rose played the role of Marique, a half-witch half-human character opposite Jason Momoa as Conan. The film was released on August 19th, 2011.
In November 2011 Rose graced the small screen in Lifetime’s television movie The Pastor’s Wife. The story was based on the real-life 2006 media sensation where Mary Winkler (played by Rose) murdered her small-town preacher husband. She also recently appeared in the Victor Salva directed horror/thriller Rosewood Lane (2011). In this film, she plays the lead role of Dr. Sonny Blake, a radio talk show psychiatrist who moves back to her hometown and begins noticing the unusual behavior of a local paper boy.
Only a short time ago Rose could be seen as the star of both Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof and Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror’s much-anticipated combined horror film Grindhouse (2007).
Although many of McGowan’s fans may recognize her from her more commercial hits, her first starring role was actually in an independent role. After a fortuitous meeting with Gregg Araki in Los Angeles, he decided to cast her as Amy Blue in his black comedy The Doom Generation (1995). Her portrayal of the troubled teen brought her to the attention of critics everywhere, and she was nominated for Best Debut Performance at the Independent Spirit Awards in 1996.
McGowan followed up The Doom Generation with a variety of films, most notably Wes Craven’s horror blockbuster Scream (1996). Starring alongside Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and Matthew Lillard, McGowan played Tatum Riley in the teen flick. In 1998, she appeared in the independent film Southie, which won Best Picture at the 2000 Seattle Film Festival. Then, in 1999 she co-starred in the comedy Jawbreaker as teen Courtney Shane, and her performance earned her a nomination for Best Villain at the 1999 MTV Movie Awards.
In 2001, McGowan replaced Shannon Dougherty on the popular television series Charmed as the long-lost Halliwell sister, Paige. She starred opposite Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs until the show ended in 2006. For her role as Paige, she won the 2005 Family Television Award for “favorite sister.” She also starred opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the television mini-series Elvis (2005) playing Ann-Margaret and in The Black Dahlia (2006) alongside Hilary Swank, Josh Hartnett, and Scarlett Johansson.
McGowan currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.