It is just over a year since the #MeToo movementflooded the media and a movement was born that sought to knock down the patriarchal power structures in our society that protect and fuel abuse. But Rose does not resonate with this movement, ‘Me-too was never my thing,’ and felt like fellow actresses wearing black dresses on the red carpet at last year’s Golden Globeswas, ‘dancing on our graves.’
Rose McGowan created a seismic change in the entertainment industry and beyond when she came out against the ‘monster’ who abused at the beginning of her career. Powerfully in her memoir BraveRose does not give this ‘monster’ a name but her words and experiences have taken on a life of their own, helping those who have suffered at the hands of similar individuals stand up and let their voices finally be heard.
Here on International Women’s day, Rose sits down with GLAMOUR’S Josh Smith to powerfully talk about the ghosts that still haunt her and poses the questions we all need to keep on asking so we can call become Brave…
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‘Brave’ is such a strong, powerful title. What do you think are the biggest obstacles you’ve had to overcome in order to become brave?
It’s feeling the fear and doing it anyway. That’s how you stay brave and get brave. A lot of the time your mind will tell you to do the easier, softer thing because it makes everyone more comfortable in the short term. But in the long term every time you give that part of yourself away, you’re lessening yourself, you’re not as vibrant or as brave of a being. So, I think it’s better to lean into the fear and be like you know I am scared, guess what I’m going to do it anyway.
What have you learnt from leaning into the fear?
That there’s a lot to be afraid of but I’ve also learnt that I can withstand huge storms.