Rose McGowan: Dawn

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Although she is most widely known for her roles in the CW's Charmed and the Grindhouse films from Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, actress Rose McGowan has more recently made a name for herself as outspoken feminist filmmaker. Her lengthy career took off in 1995 with Gregg Araki's The Doom Generation, as did her interest in directing. "I've directed for years," she says, "I've just done it in my head on other people's sets." Now she's making it official, with her first film as director, the short Dawn, about a quiet young teenager who does everything she's told. In this candid interview, McGowan talks about coming back from a seven-year break after Grindhouse, her expertise in production design, and what she sees as a dearth of 'real men' in Hollywood.

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