Rose Arianna McGowan (born September 5, 1973) is an American actress known for her role as Paige Matthews in WB Network supernatural drama series Charmed, as well as for her roles in several major Hollywood films including The Doom Generation, The Black Dahlia, Scream, Jawbreaker, and Grindhouse. She has been tapped to play comic book hottie roles as Red Sonja, Barbarella and in the Conan movie.
McGowan, the second-eldest of six children (plus two half-siblings), was born in Florence, Italy, the daughter of Terri, an American writer of French descent, and Daniel McGowan, an artist of Irish descent who ran a religious commune. McGowan became a child model and appeared in Vogue Bambini and various other Italian magazines. Her parents returned to the United States when she was 10, when they divorced. At the age of 15, she officially emancipated herself from her parents and pursued a career in the film industry while going to beauty school.
McGowan made her first appearance in a Hollywood film with a bit role in the 1992 Pauly Shore comedy Encino Man. Her role in the 1995 dark comedy The Doom Generation brought her to the attention of film critics. McGowan was subsequently cast in a supporting role in the 1996 hit horror film Scream. In 2007, McGowan starred in the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double-feature Grindhouse. Cast in utterly divergent roles, McGowan appears in both portions of the film, as go-go dancing Cherry Darling in Planet Terror, and as Pam in Death Proof. In 2001, McGowan was cast as Paige Matthews in the popular The WB television series Charmed, as a replacement lead actress after Shannen Doherty's departure from the show.
Rose McGowan has been signed to play the title role in the future remake of Barbarella, but on May 5 2009, it was officially confirmed by Robert Rodriguez that Barbarella would not go into production due to filming location difficulties. In June 2008, McGowan had been signed to play the title role in a third project with Robert Rodriguez (who takes on the role of the film's producer), known as Red Sonja. In March 2010 Variety reported that she had been cast in the Conan movie.
She has also frequently been featured on Maxim, FHM and Stuff magazine's sexiest women lists.
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