She also has two half-siblings. Her parents returned to the United States when she was 10 years old, and settled in Eugene, Oregon.
At 15, she officially emancipated herself from her parents  and moved to Los Angeles. Career[ edit ] This section of a biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification.
Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. November Learn how and when to remove this template message Early work: Her role as Amy Blue in the dark comedy The Doom Generation brought her to the attention of film critics, and she received a nomination for "Best Debut Performance" at the Independent Spirit Awards.
McGowan achieved widespread recognition when she was cast as Tatum Riley in the horror film Scream She became the face of American clothing company Bebe from to McGowan spent the majority of the s appearing in a variety of independent films , including roles in Southie , Going All the Way , and Lewis and Clark and George. In , McGowan was cast as Paige Matthews in the popular WB television series Charmed , as a replacement for the lead actress Shannen Doherty , who had left the show.
McGowan was invited to be a producer after the seventh season, alongside her co-stars Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano , but turned it down.
After Fifty Dead Men Walking concluded filming, McGowan sparked controversy in the United Kingdom in September when she stated that she would have joined the IRA had she lived in Belfast during the Troubles and that her "heart just broke for the cause". Her name was attached to several recent films which ended up being unmade. Another project, a proposed film adaptation of the Sylvia Plath novel The Bell Jar alongside Julia Stiles ,  also never came to fruition.
She was attached to three projects to be produced by her partner Robert Rodriguez, a remake of the science fiction cult classic Barbarella , a proposed television series titled Women in Chains! After several years of development, Rodriguez announced in that Barbarella had been canceled due to location difficulties. Special Victims Unit as a grifter who targets New York sex clubs.
Her role became a main one in season 3 of the series, which premiered later in Her movie, Rise of the Lonestar Ranger was released on March 6, Also in , her directorial debut, a short film called Dawn, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
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This is normal to so many people. It was probably even a girl that had to type it up. She wrote and recorded a song titled "Protection", which was featured in her film Strange Hearts McGowan has also appeared in the Imperial Teen music video for "Yoo Hoo",  which was featured on the Jawbreaker soundtrack , and she recorded the theme song from the film Dead Awake McGowan has expressed interest in recording an album of her own.
During an interview with Living TV , she said, "I was actually thinking of going back and doing more soulful tunes and older tunes The song has strong feminist themes, with its title being a play on the abortion drug RU and McGowan's initials.
She has admitted to being a sleepwalker as a child: Now I just speak Italian in my sleep. She has two, named Bug and Fester, and has personally donated to various Boston Terrier rescues.
It amounted to a considerable contribution, which will go a long way in helping BTRN and the needy volunteers who selflessly give to deserving Bostons. Riding as a passenger, her car was struck by another vehicle and the force of the impact drove her eyeglasses into her face. McGowan said "I didn't realize I was hurt until I put my hand to my face and felt the flap of skin.
My glasses had sliced me under my eye. For me personally, it's just kind of more instinctive. But I don't have kind of an acting background. I fell into it accidentally. After a formal engagement lasting two years, McGowan ended the relationship in over "lifestyle differences".
My heart just broke for the cause. Violence is not to be played out daily and provide an answer to problems, but I understand it. But he's an incredibly sweet and gentle man. This is a vanity project for him. But meanwhile, we're hurting all the wonderful, struggling people who work in the hotel. I'd like him to see that gays are real people. I think that's the only thing that would change his mind, not a boycott.
And, I see no help, and I see no paying it forward, and I have a huge problem with that. There are so many things to help and do, and I see no extending of a hand outside of the gay community to another community. And that's a problem for me. I have an indictment of the gay community right now. I'm actually really upset with them. McGowan stated, "We are more than deciding what to wear. We are more than the stereotypes foisted upon us by people like you. You're a woman now?
The idea is laughable. Disliking something a trans person has said is no different than disliking something a man has said or that a woman has said. Being trans doesn't make one immune from criticism. Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations When The New York Times revealed in October that she was part of a settlement involving movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in an alleged sexual harassment case, McGowan declined to comment.
We need you as allies. McGowan's account being locked. Upon learning that the firm was working to hinder its reporting on Weinstein while simultaneously representing them in other matters, The Times published a stern rebuke of the firm, calling their actions "intolerable conduct, a grave betrayal of trust, and a breach of the basic professional standards that all lawyers are required to observe.