One of the most visible faces of the #MeToo movement, Rose McGowan amplifies her voice in E!’s special Citizen Rose, which follows the activist over a period of time that began this past October with the felling of her sexual abuser Harvey Weinstein.
E!’s five-part series Citizen Rose, premiering with a two-hour documentary Tuesday to be followed by four separate episodes in the spring, follows McGowan as she navigates her public persona as an activist and face of a movement while reckoning with the private pain she’s suffered for 20 years since Weinstein assaulted her in a hotel room in the late ‘90s. The release of the documentary also coincides with McGowan’s book, her manifesto, Brave, also out Tuesday.
A rising star in the ‘90s with films like Jawbreaker and later with the series Charmed, McGowan saw her career was prematurely stunted in part by the actions of Weinstein, to whom she refers only as “the monster” in Citizen Rose. In fact, the documentary bleeps out his name whenever it's mentioned by those on screen or in news reports, thereby denying him any more power.
As seen in the E! special, like a phoenix rising, McGowan took her painful experience and became a take-no-prisoners activist who reaches far beyond her very active Twitter account. The documentary, moving and endlessly important, toggles between close-ups of McGowan delivering private monologues with humor and heart about her fearlessness in calling out and holding accountable sexual abusers and highlighting her activism like her rousing appearance at the inaugural Women’s March Convention in late October.
"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,” McGowan said about her collaboration with E! "I want to have a conversation with everyone, and most especially, you about looking at things differently and seeing beauty everywhere.”
McGowan also endures ups and downs throughout the course of Citizen Rose’s filming. As she begins her ascension to becoming an invaluable voice for survivors she’s dogged by a nearly year-old arrest warrant in Virginia for traces of a controlled substance that were allegedly found in her baggage at Washington Dulles International Airport. But the story behind the arrest turns out to be complicated and related to an attempt by Weinstein to silence her, she explains in the documentary.
Get a first look at Citizen Rose below.