Wild Rose

Rose McGowan Dances Au Naturel in the Privacy of Her Californian Hideaway

Rose McGowan moves intuitively around her LA home in this tender portrait by Marlene Marino, shot earlier this year when the photographer captured the American actress for the latest issue of lifestyle title Apartamento. The Brian De Palma and Quentin Tarantino favorite made her name in tongue-in-cheek slasher Scream and supernatural series Charmed, and established her cult status in director Gregg Araki's 1995 comedy thriller The Doom Generation, which saw the pin-up entangled in a sordid ménage à trois. Yet shooting today’s short was a strict case of ‘Two’s company.’ Having met through director Ridley Scott’s Black Dog Films—set to release McGowan’s directorial debut Dawn—the actress and Marino bonded over a shared attitude towards beauty. “Marlene and I were just celebrating femininity,” she says of the visceral short that is soundtracked by Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi, who previously scored Shane Meadows’ This Is England. “I think people can rise higher than the consensus of what is considered sexy; our only objective was to do something natural. I didn’t act, I just flowed into it.”

What was it like to see yourself in this completely uninhibited state?

Rose McGowan: It was really transformative: it actually made me cry. It was born out of reclaiming my own ideas of what beauty is. I have realized that I don’t have to be bound by the “rules” here in Los Angeles or Hollywood. It is me, but not an artificial version.

What’s next for you?
: I’m going to direct my first feature film, taking things I borrowed from Marlene. I’m also making a show about art and pornography. It will be custom-made porn but not in the kind of way that you’ve seen or that you think of it.

Is that in production?
I just shot the teaser for it and in it I’m wearing a strap-on. It’s pretty balls-out, I’m not gonna lie—it’s going to look insane.

What’s your experience of pornography?
I have never liked it and don’t find it sexually interesting: I don’t like their hair,  makeup, or acting. How am I supposed to get excited by something that I think is cornball and not beautiful?

So what would you consider to be sexy?
Oh I don’t know, maybe two people in a lovely field on a farm, shot like Terence Malick.

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Conversations (17)

  • Mozartmike
    I felt throughout the film an attachment(perhaps being a retire dancer had something to do about it)Ms.McGowan expression of freedom.Clad or not her spirit was sharing that freedom being almost nude,emphasized it.Ms.Marino,also deserves much acclaim for the presentation of the film.Lovely
  • ToddAnthony.org
    Thanks for sharing : ) Art mixed with teasing and self exploration. Re: to Ms Gowan's commentary replies -the age old dilemma ...women's vs. men's perspectives on sexuality, sex, and beauty. Women by nature can't feel sexual drive, ...men by nature can't ignore it!
  • eqobKING
    indeed. graceful.
  • Harrison
    @andrealeonardi Why not live and let live? This work is beyond your petty judgement. And the fact that you care to comment negatively suggests your own gigantic ego, which begs the question, what have you done lately? @RDaglessMD Googled you. And well you're just a fool.
    • Posted By Harrison
    • December 07, 2013 at 6:47PM
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  • bunuel7
    Music: The Earth Prelude (by Ludovico Einaudi)
  • andrea leonardi
    .....or is it just a beautifully filmed gigantic ego ?!?
  • Harrison
    Such a beautiful, fluid work. It is nice to see women celebrating each other on their own terms. The misogynists in the conversation stream below just don't get it. I find this piece really moving and empowering.
    • Posted By Harrison
    • December 04, 2013 at 12:20PM
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  • RDaglessMD
    This just screams for the viewer's attention. Trying too hard to be provocative, while trying to seem to not to be. Get a famous person with breast implants to dance about and you're sure to pull in a audience. Juvenile work at best.
  • Tommaso89LV
    anyone know the name of the music because it's utterly amazing. now I know who composed it but I can't find the name anywhere
  • Paul_Hathaway
    What a lovely woman. What heart-felt music. What unique editing. What beautiful dancing. What freedom of movement. What a wonderful film.
  • imjabr
    oh dear.... not sure about this... probably seemed like a good idea at the time perhaps...
    • Posted By imjabr
    • November 28, 2013 at 6:28PM
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  • PetIcons
    What a Beautiful real woman comfortable in her body, her movement reminded me sometimes of Marilyn Monroe off screen cine-film. Marlene's Marinos filming echos the relaxed intimacy of the shoot & capturing Rose's vulnerability, strength & playfulness. I loved the twirling too.
  • The_Dark_Lady_2
    Turning around awkwardly for three minutes is not dancing. Narcissistic and self indulgent garbage redolent of 1970's soft porn - out of place amongst the often amazing things on NOWNESS.
    • Posted By The_Dark_Lady_2
    • November 27, 2013 at 8:45PM
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  • Davey-W
    This is a delicate and beautiful piece, Rose McGowan's dancing, fluid and free, light, unconscious. Like a dryad. A succinct edit with sound design & musical elements bridging her moods, the lighting & faded mothlike grade reminiscent of Claude. Interesting work.
    • Posted By Davey-W
    • November 27, 2013 at 3:45PM
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  • Brian Williams
    Hot on the heels of 'Kiko Goes Kawaii' another meaningless video, but with added, equally meaningless salaciousness. 'Tender portrait...' who curates and writes this rubbish?
    • Posted By Brian Williams
    • November 27, 2013 at 12:46PM
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  • Dan Freene ACS
    Trite. Terribly edited. And no point or story. Shouldn't be on Nowness.
    • Posted By Dan Freene ACS
    • November 27, 2013 at 3:35AM
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  • Franco De Rose
    Soothing music, not sure about the dancers though...

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