A-List Interview: Rose McGowan
BY Brandon Voss
August 11 2011 4:00 AM ET
Do women hit on you?
No. I got molested one night, but unless theyâ€™re really drunk, I think girls are scared of me. My sister says I have no gay vibe, which offended me. I donâ€™t even know what that means. Do I have an invisible penis on my head?
Describe a typical interaction with a fan at a gay bar.
Thereâ€™s a lot of quoting of my movies. But thatâ€™s good, because itâ€™s like a flashback. Iâ€™m always like, â€śOh, thatâ€™s right! What a great line.â€ť
Iâ€™d probably quote Jawbreaker, which is certainly a gay fan favorite.
Well, gay men love their bitches. â€śI made you and I can destroy you just as easily.â€ť Howâ€™s that for a line reading? I so want to do a sequel to Jawbreaker. I know everyone says, â€śIâ€™m really the nicest person,â€ť but I actually am one of the nicest people. That said, I watch a ton of old films, and I fashioned Courtney, my character in Jawbreaker, after Gene Tierney in Leave Her to Heaven. She basically offed everyone who was in her boyfriendâ€™s life, but she also had great witty lines. Youâ€™re not going to get that in a typical mainstream American comedy, where, as a girl, Iâ€™m going to be a sidekick to the straight man, which is pretty boring.
Youâ€™ve definitely managed to avoid boring female roles.
Honestly, Iâ€™ll agree to do movies, thinking Iâ€™m going to do the manâ€™s role, and when I get to the set itâ€™s like, Oh, right, Iâ€™m the girl. I have an intense amount of jealousy that Iâ€™m not a man. And Iâ€™d vastly prefer to be a gay man. Unfortunately, thatâ€™s not how the cards were dealt, and Iâ€™m stuck dealing with emotionally underdeveloped straight men. It doesnâ€™t seem fair, really.
Starting with queer cinema pioneer Gregg Araki, youâ€™ve had a fortuitous connection with gay male filmmakers like Screamâ€™s Kevin Williamson and Jawbreakerâ€™s Darren Stein. You also worked with Ryan Murphy in Nip/Tuckâ€™s final season.
Youâ€™re right. Iâ€™ve never thought about the amount of gays Iâ€™ve worked with, but thank God for that. Itâ€™s kismet, and it probably has to do with shared sensibility. Thereâ€™s always been an unspoken mutual affinity there. If I could, I would seek out and only work with gay people.
Yet youâ€™ve never played a gay role.
Iâ€™ve never been offered one. Iâ€™d be stoked to do a lesbian love scene. When asked if Iâ€™ve kissed a girl, I could finally say, â€śWhy, yes, I have. And I got paid.â€ť
If you were to play a lesbian, whom would you want to play your love interest?
Whenever someone asks if I have a crush on any male actors, the problem is that I only like people who are dead, like Robert Mitcham or Cary Grant. So my answer to you would have to be someone like Ava Gardner. I will not be a clichĂ© and say Angelina Jolie.
Have you kept in touch with Ryan Murphy after Nip/Tuck? Your singing skills would be put to good use as a guest star on Glee.
Right? Iâ€™d be great on Glee. Iâ€™m not sure if Ryan knows I sing. Hello, Ryan. Letâ€™s start a grassroots effort.
I smell a Facebook campaign.
You should start one. Me and Betty White. By the way, you want to know the last time I cried? When the guy who wrote the theme song for The Golden Girls died.
You played Ann-Margret in the 2005 miniseries Elvis. Did you ever hear from her about your portrayal?
I didnâ€™t. But if I ever meet her, hopefully it wonâ€™t be too strange. That was a great experience, but it was tough. Itâ€™s probably much easier to portray someone whoâ€™s not alive.
Youâ€™re starring in the upcoming thriller Rosewood Lane, which was written and directed by Powderâ€™s Victor Salva, whose films often reflect his gay sensibility and outsider mentality. Is that the case with Rosewood Lane?
I donâ€™t think so. And I do not have good clothes in that film either; I had to wear office-lady clothes and it killed me. That was an interesting dynamic, because Victor had never done a movie with a female lead, and he was uncomfortable. He really doesnâ€™t relate to women well. He was open about that, which was slightly jarring, because I donâ€™t really know what to do with that information.
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