Rose McGowan is starring in the E! documentary series Citizen Rose, highlighting her fight against sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood. Long before revealing the traumatic events of her past in Hollywood late last year, McGowan had built up an impressive resume in feature film, starting with her debut in the Brendan Fraser comedy Encino Man in 1992, and moving on to such hits as director Wes Craven's Scream in 1996 and the indie comedy crime thriller Jawbreaker in 1999.
McGowan's career continued to flourish in the 2000s, predominantly with her lead role in the WB TV series Charmed from 2001-2006 and a recurring role in FX's Nip/Tuck in 2009; and on film in director Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse segment Planet Terror in 2007. Since then, McGowan has worked mainly in television, with a role in the Sony TV-produced mystery Chosen in 2014, and a guest role on ABC's fantasy series Once Upon a Time in the same time period.
Now, following the events of the #MeToo movement in the past few months and upsetting revelations including rape accusations against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, McGowan is coming back to TV in her own documentary series on E! titled Citizen Rose. In a press release issued Tuesday she said:
"You are formally invited into my mind and world. I am thrilled to partner with E! to amplify my message of bravery, art, joy and survival. As I ready my book, Brave, I realized I wanted to show how we can heal through art even when being hounded by evil. I want to have a conversation with everyone, and most especially, you, about looking at things differently and seeing beauty everywhere. E!’s tremendous reach and impressive platform allow me to globally communicate the importance of living a brave life."
According to THR, the five-part series, which begins with a two-hour feature-length documentary in January, will follow the actress' activism, including her recent criticism on Twitter of Oscar-winner Meryl Streep. Since being one of the first actresses to call out Weinstein over sexual misconduct claims, McGowan has been one of the most vocal proponents in the #MeToo movement, criticizing such high-profile stars as Ben Affleck and Meryl Streep on social media.
In her December 18 tweet, which has since been deleted, McGowan, ripped on plans for a Golden Globes protest, saying, “Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @goldenglobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real chance. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa” (a dig related to Weinstein's estranged wife's fashion line).
THR says McGowan's docu-series will no doubt raise the profile of E!, which saw ratings fall by 17 percent in 2017. E!'s executive vice president of development and production, Amy Introcaso-Davis, appears energized by the addition of Citizen Ruth to the E! lineup, especially given the docu-series' important social content, which is meant to start dialogue and inspire change. In a press release, Introcaso-Davis says:
“Rose McGowan’s courage in addressing sexual abuse and harassment in Hollywood ignited a conversation and inspired other women to speak out against their abusers We look forward to taking viewers inside this talented, dynamic woman’s world as the first allegations unfold and she becomes a leading voice in a critical cultural change.”
Citizen Rose part 1 airs Tuesday, January 30, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on E!