‘Citizen Rose’ will follow the actress and activist as she prepares to release her new memoir
A five-part documentary about Rose McGowan, described as a formal invite into her “mind and world”, will air on E! this month.
In a statement, the actress revealed the title Citizen Rose. She continued: “I am thrilled to partner with E! to amplify my message of bravery, art, joy and survival. As I ready my book, Brave, I realised I wanted to show how we can heal through art even when being hounded by evil. I want to have a conversation with everyone, and most especially, you, about looking at things differently and seeing beauty everywhere. E!’s tremendous reach and impressive platform allow me to globally communicate the importance of living a brave life.”
McGowan has been one of the most vocal advocates challenging Hollywood’s hidden sexual abuse and was one of the first women in Hollywood to name the now disgraced Harvey Weinstein. Kicking off with a two-hour special in partnership with E!, the documentary will shed light on her role in the #MeToo movement.
Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President of Development and Production at E! praised the Charmed actress for her activism. “Rose McGowan’s courage in addressing sexual abuse and harassment in Hollywood ignited a conversation and inspired other women to speak out against their abusers. We look forward to taking viewers inside this talented, dynamic woman’s world as the first allegations unfold and she becomes a leading voice in a critical cultural change.”
However, McGowan’s recent efforts to highlight the dark side of her industry have led to criticism. In response to frequent Weinstein collaborator, Meryl Streep’s rumoured Golden Globes protest she wrote: “YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly and effect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy”.
Amber Tamlyn, star of House and Two and a Half Men, responded saying: “Rose McGowan is a friend and while I support her kind of movement, I do not support any woman (or man) shaming or taunting the movements of other women. And telling us all to wear Marchesa? This is beneath you, Rose.”
Citizen Rose will premiere January 30 on E!