Rose McGowan is Brave

The Actor’s Memoir on Sex, Lies & Hollywood

Rose McGowan is through being quiet. It’s been 20 years since her alleged rape by film producer Harvey Weinstein in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival. And today, along with over 50 other survivors of his sexual abuse, she is blowing that fucking whistle as if her life depends on it. Perhaps it does.

Despite a successful career in the industry—she starred in Scream, TV’s Charmed, Grindhouse, and numerous music videos—she was dealing with uncomfortable realities of Hollywood, like constant harassment and sexualization by the men in power. But today, rather than remain silent and be a “good girl,” the actor is kicking ass in the most public of ways: with a burn-book memoir that is sure to be another nail in the coffin of sexual predators in the industry.

Brave is McGowan’s chronicle of her unusual life, growing up in the Italian branch of the cult, Children of God, living on the streets of the Pacific Northwest, and eventually ending up in LA by the time she was 15. After a few splashy roles got critics’ attention, she was put on the starlet fast track and was soon seen on the arms of famous men like musician Marilyn Manson and director Robert Rodriguez. Yet she kept her secret, only revealing the name of her attacker to intimate friends. Until now.

Called “raw,” “honest,” and “poignant” by earlier reviewers, Brave is a front row seat to the sexual horror show that is Hollywood for young, aspiring actors. In the words of Ms McGowan: “My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another. Brave is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same.” Amen, sister.

Brave will be released on January 30th by HarperCollins.