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Rose McGowan - Be Brave


Life After #MeToo

Rose McGowan is an activist, author and director. After an acting career in Hollywood that spanned two decades, she went public with allegations of abuse against Harvey Weinstein. This became central in exposing systemic harassment in the entertainment industry, that shook the world and led to the #MeToo movement.

Rose was born in one cult and came of age in another, more visible cult: Hollywood.

After escaping the Children of God cult as a child, Rose moved to the States, and then ran away at thirteen. She lived a transient punk lifestyle on and off the streets until she was “discovered” in Los Angeles and overnight became one of Hollywood’s most desired actresses.

In a strange world where she was continually on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualisation. Rose escaped into the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high-profile relationships. Every detail of her personal life became public, and the realities of an inherently sexist industry emerged with each script, role, public appearance, and magazine cover. The Hollywood machine packaged her as a sexualised bombshell, hijacking her image and identity and marketing them for profit.

Hollywood expected Rose to be silent and cooperative and to stay the path. Instead, she rebelled and asserted her true identity and voice. She reemerged unscripted, courageous, victorious, angry, smart, fierce, unapologetic, controversial, and real as f*ck.

Her book BRAVE chronicles her journey from childhood to Hollywood, and her mission to reclaim her life, and encourage people to question the power structures around them.


00:00 | Trailer
03:16 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode
06:16 | Brian’s introduction
06:44 | The reception Rose has received in England
08:40 | What the autobiography of Malcolm X taught Rose
10:56 | Sometimes anger gets things done
11:27 | Rose likes to question the system, advocating people question their own reasons for doing something
12:25 | How the rather unique childhood growing up in a cult community affected Rose
15:24 | Moving from one cult to the cult of America where she didn’t fit in with the status quo
18:01 | Going to Hollywood, yet another cult place, starring in a film at 17
21:19 | The male dominated patriarchy of the Hollywood film industry needs to be challenged
25:59 | Writing her book, Rose suffered again recalling her childhood when she wanted to kill her father
33:07 | How Donald Trump helped Rose to include in the book her rape by Harvey Weinstein
33:17 | Her weird love for Donald Trump
37:56 | Until now neither she, nor society, would have been ready for her book
38:25 | Who placed a million-dollar bounty on her book
43:15 | The New York Times knew, everyone knew, but nobody was willing to go on the record
44;33 | What her life was like when ‘Brave’ was published amid a media backlash
49:31 | How its effect spread to all the different power structures
50:45 | Rose has been changed by the whole experience
52:56 | How Rose became synonymous with #Me Too which was started by Tarana Burke
59:04 | Her view on political correctness
1:02:55 | Rose would like to sit down with people who have been accused, for a nuanced conversation
1:05:04 | Is there a statute of limitations or can all this be seen to be just part of an age
1:05:55 | Does she need to see some resolution for Harvey Weinstein
1:06:39 | How Rose has dealt with her emotions following the rape
1:08:56 | There is the fight or flight reflex, but the freeze is big
1:10:56 | What men in the street say to her now and what they think of their fellow man
1:13:32 | The evolution of Malcolm X which ultimately killed him
1:15:55 | What Rose is going to do now, perhaps politics in the future
1:18:22 | Rose’s daily practice
1:19:26 | What is Rose’s super power
1:19:59 | Worst and best days of her life
1:20:41 | What scares her
1:21:03 | What we would be surprised to learn about Rose McGowan
1:21:31 | What keeps her awake at night
1:21:50 | Advice to the 20 years old Rose McGowan
1:23:10 | Best advice ever received
1:23:26 | Success secrets
1:24:24 | Brian’s summing up.


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