It’s been a few years since the lovely Rose McGowan has appeared on screen. Known for her portrayals of tough, sexual, and sassy heroines in horror and/or supernatural properties McGowan took a hiatus from Hollywood over the past couple of years to recuperate from an accident and focus on personal/family matters.

Never one to act the dormouse McGowan marks her return to acting with the larger than life villainess Marique in this weekend’s event film release Conan the Barbarian. The Charmed actress once again plays a woman endowed with magical abilities, though this time she uses them for strictly nefarious purposes.

In a role originally written for a man McGowan plays a sorceress committed to helping her father find the tools he needs to resurrect her dead mother – so they can (as a family) take over the world and rain a torrent of bloodshed and misery upon it. Marique is both ruthless and just a little bit creepy (to say she has “daddy issues” is a vast understatement).

We had the chance to sit down with McGowan at the Los Angeles press event for Conan to talk about whether she conferred with actor Stephen Lang (who plays her father in the film) about the odd Electra complex her character seems to have, the connection between broad comedy and playing a villain, as well as the sometimes lonely life of an actress on set.

Take a look at our interview and the synopsis for the film below.


The most legendary Barbarian of all time is back this Summer. Having thrived and evolved for eight consecutive decades in the public imagination- in prose and graphics, on the big screen and small, in games and properties of all kinds- Conan’s exploits in the Hyborian Age now come alive like never before in a colossal 3D action-adventure film.

A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.

Deftly adapted from the original works of Robert E. Howard and faithful to the mythology and psychology of his iconic character — “Conan The Barbarian.”

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Marcus Nispel directs a cast that includes Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Saïd Taghmaoui and Ron Perlman from a script by Thomas Dean Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer and Sean Hood.

Conan The Barbarian opens in theatres this Friday, August 19th.

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