After being in the entertainment industry for decades, director and actor Rose McGowan is certainly no stranger to controversy. This week the star has made waves in Hollywood and online again after she was dropped by her agent for posting a snippet of a sexist casting call for an Adam Sandler movie.
McGowan is best known for her roles in the TV series Charmed, and movies such as Scream, and Grindhouse (a double feature which included Planet Terror and Death Proof). Recently she has moved behind the camera to the director's chair with her short film Dawn debuting to critical acclaim at Sundance.
The casting call in question requested that female actors to wear tight leggings along with a tight black tank top which revealed cleavage. The call also encouraged actors to wear push up bras:
After posting the snippet on Twitter on June 18th, McGowan elaborated on June 23rd about what she found so insulting - having balked at being asked to "read the script for context," as though that would suddenly make it ok for the casting directors to ask for women to audition wearing tight and revealing clothing.
Two days later the filmmaker Tweeted again, this time to announce that she had been dropped by her "wussy acting agent" due to her tweets about the casting call a.k.a. "bullshit in Hollywood."
The Hollywood Reporter named McGowan's former agents as Sheila Wenzel and Steve Muller from Innovative Artists, though perhaps the recent set of events indicates that their company is perhaps not quite as innovative as their name suggests.
McGowan spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the casting call and had this to say:
"It was just so dumb. I was offended by the stupidity more than anything. I was offended by the fact that it went through so many people's hands and nobody red flagged it. This is normal to so many people. It was probably even a girl that had to type it up. It's institutionally OK."
The actress was quick to add that she wasn't trying to vilify Adam Sandler in the slightest, though implied that the actor had done enough work vilifying himself through comments he made when signing a deal with Netflix. Sandler infamously said that he "said yes for one reason and one reason only" to a deal with on-demand company Netflix: "Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks."
McGowan freely admits that she has definitely played up to the Hollywood obsession for revealing and kooky outfits, with her dress to the 1998 VMA awards going down in history books for crazy red carpet outfits. She told E! Online that the reason for this was that she realized over time that "a lot of things about the accouterments of Hollywood [are] silly—especially the red carpet" and instead fought the fire with fire, saying:
"My thing was, if I'm going to do a red carpet, let's play with it. You want me to be your show pony? I'll be your show pony. You want to play? Let's play. You want to f--k with me? I'll f--k with you."
Despite not getting (nor wanting) the role in the Adam Sandler movie, McGowan is certainly not resting on her laurels, her short film Dawn just finished screening at the Lincoln Center, and in addition to that she is also acting in Lower Bay and Vows and Rites. The multi-talented star is also working on her feature film directing debut with the upcoming thriller The Pines.