Rose McGowan isn’t a fan of red carpets.
The news may come as a surprise for those who remember the star’s many scene-stealing looks, but the actress is finally coming clean about her hatred for the pomp and pageantry.
McGowan weighs in on the #AskHerMore campaign and the “media idiocy” of fashion experts in a new essay for The Hollywood Reporter where she deems the award season ritual “visual rape” and explained why she stopped conforming to Hollywood ritual.
“The selling of a self I do not recognize, to publicize a self that wasn’t me, stopped making sense,” she says. “Whether it is known to those inside of Hollywood, it looks very antiquated.
“The whole reason #AskHerMore exists as a hashtag says more about media idiocy than anything else,” she continues. “Red-carpet ‘reporters’ should consider just being semi-intelligent and not making every question one of inanity. Maybe then we could be beyond a hashtag.”
The actress calls on other stars to break from tradition and take matters into their own hands, while slamming the work of many red carpet hair and makeup artists. “It’s highly unlikely that I will walk a red carpet this awards season, but if I do, I will do my own makeup and dress. I’m an adult and I’ve known how to for a long time,” she writes. “Here’s the secret actresses and actors need to know: So can they.”
She continues, writing, “Hollywood hair and makeup people tend to make actresses, myself included, look like Trump contestants. Not a good look. Actresses are just brainwashed and part of the machine. They don’t realize they don’t have to be.”
“I don’t think Hollywood has ever seen the likes of me,” McGowan concludes.