TO THE Rose Mc­gowan the coura­geous ac­tor and ac­tivist is head­ing this way - be pre­pared to be em­pow­ered! Cheshire Life: April 2019

Cheshire Life - - Personalit­ies - Janet Reeder

Rose Mc­gowan the glam­orous ac­tor turned shaven headed ac­tivist and out­spo­ken fem­i­nist is com­ing to Ch­ester this month.

She’s kick­ing off a tour to pro­mote her com­pelling mem­oir Brave which en­com­passes ev­ery­thing from her child­hood in the Chil­dren of God cult to her adult­hood in what she re­gards the ‘cult’ of Hol­ly­wood.

Rose will be at the Sto­ry­house on April 26th and prior to the tour she spoke over the phone from a friend’s house in Lon­don about her rea­sons for want­ing to ex­pose her­self to the ‘any­thing might hap­pen’ po­ten­tial of ap­pear­ing in front of a live au­di­ence.

‘On stage it’s go­ing to be read­ings from my books and also talk­ing to the au­di­ence do­ing a Q& A and telling sto­ries,’ says the ac­tor, who prior to the #Metoo move­ment was most fa­mous for her role in the Charmed TV series.

‘It’s called Sto­ry­house and I think that it will be an ex­cit­ing evening ac­tu­ally. It’s some­thing I didn’t get to do enough of in my ca­reer so now with my book it has been re­ally in in­ter­est­ing in­ter­act­ing with the au­di­ence.’

As an ac­tor who has spo­ken out against sex­ual as­sault and ha­rass­ment, she will most cer­tainly have a lot to say but the one per­son she may not talk about is Har­vey We­in­stein who in her book Brave, she can’t and won’t name, re­fer­ring to him as the Stu­dio Head and the beast.

(We­in­stein, in case you have been liv­ing on another planet for the past cou­ple of years is the pow­er­ful Hol­ly­wood fig­ure who has been ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct and ha­rass­ment by sev­eral women in­clud­ing Rose and who will go on trial in June). In­stead what she wants to do mostly is in­spire oth­ers.

‘It’s the mo­ti­va­tion be­hind the book and the tour,’ she ex­plains.

‘My goal was al­ways to see, and it’s just a ran­dom num­ber but one night I was sit­ting around and I was won­der­ing if I could be 10 per cent smarter I was won­der­ing if I could in­spire other peo­ple to press a cul­tural re­set. I was raised to be of ser­vice. I was raised to be a vol­un­teer by my fam­ily so in a way it’s a con­tin­u­a­tion of that, just on a broad scale.

‘I think the live au­di­ence will get that my mes­sage is one of hope and brav­ery and strength. And that it’s about be­ing hu­man at the end of the day and about be­ing big­ger peo­ple than we know we can be. And that we can imag­ine the big life we can. It’s re­ally quite an up­lift­ing talk.’

Rose was a child model who fell into act­ing and ad­mits she never re­ally wanted to be fa­mous.

She’s lived most of the time as an out­sider and was the girl­friend of out­sider types such as Mar­i­lyn Man­son and cult di­rec­tor Roberto Ro­drigues.

‘I think I’ve al­ways held my­self sep­a­rately and just the way I was raised was unique,’ she says. ‘I lived a unique kind of life.’

Al­though she has lived most of her life in the USA she was brought up in a Chil­dren of God com­mune by her writer mother and artist fa­ther in Tus­cany, Italy and af­ter all the con­tro­versy over the Har­vey We­in­stein scan­dal she has found Europe a place to cool her heels for a while.

Of course as her pro­file has in­creased she gets recog­nised on the streets.

‘The British peo­ple are a lot more re­served (than Amer­i­cans) she says with a laugh.

‘I’ve had a lot of kind­ness here and that’s nice. I came here just to kind of heal af­ter the last year which was pretty trau­matic and just try to live my best life, you know.’

Re­cently she was asked to model for Vivi­enne West­wood at Lon­don Fash­ion Week and loved the ex­pe­ri­ence which she desribes as a kind of ‘per­for­mance’.

‘She’s in­cred­i­ble. She’s some­body I re­ally look up to. She’s been through a lot too and she drove a tank up to David Cameron’s house for God’s sake!’ she rec­ol­lects.

‘She walks the walk and she does it re­ally well. It’s just great to be sur­rounded by such cre­ative peo­ple.’

In the book, Rose also re­veals the trauma of how she be­came a run­away and fi­nally home­less and ad­mits that it was some­thing that stayed with her for a long time.

‘It kept me in a re­ally fear­based place for a long time,’ she re­veals.

‘And I fi­nally had to let that go. I knew I would be OK no mat­ter what. That I would be taken care of.

‘I feel very em­pow­ered and I want to share that with other peo­ple. That’s what the talk and the book is about re­ally. I do get peo­ple try­ing to un­der­mine me all the time and I am a re­ally sen­si­tive per­son but I just kind of take my licks and stand up again the next day, that’s all you can do.’ Sto­ry­house Hunter Street, Ch­ester, CH1 2AR. 01244 409113 sto­ry­house.com

Au­tho­rised and Reg­u­lated by the Solic­i­tors Reg­u­la­tion Author­ity.

Rachel and Daniel Ten­nant wel­comed Diane Berry’s ideas into their home in Wors­ley.

Rachel ex­plained that they were drawn to Diane’s com­pany and their ap­proach par­tic­u­larly the ‘whole con­cept of liv­ing’ and ar­chi­tec­tural ad­vice which went way be­yond their trans­for­ma­tional kitchen brief.

The kitchen and in fact en­tire ground floor of their home has felt the im­pact of Diane’s in­no­va­tive ideas. The flow and func­tion­al­ity of the home now works so well for the young fam­ily. Prac­ti­cal stor­age is in abun­dance for their coats and shoes keep­ing their hall­way clear. The cou­ple’s home is in a con­ser­va­tion area and they were keen to suc­cess­fully blend the tra­di­tional style of their lo­cal sur­round­ings. The kitchen de­sign works per­fectly fus­ing con­tem­po­rary style with pe­riod fea­tures such as larger skirt­ing and cor­nice de­tail.

As well as stun­ning de­sign, safety fea­tures for the cou­ple’s young daugh­ter have been equally im­pres­sive. Rachel has peace of mind if her daugh­ter is on the move; a care­fully thought through cut­lery draw sits at the top of the dish­washer well away from small cu­ri­ous hands. Softened edges on the units them­selves keeps the space safe and fam­ily friendly.

The cou­ple loved the trans­parency and in­tegrity from Diane’s com­pany. As a quan­tity sur­veyor, Rachel was ac­cus­tomed to builder’s pro­ce­dures and the cou­ple felt re­as­sured by the com­pany’s open ap­proach through­out the process. Op­tions were ex­plained in a clear way and they felt that the com­pany worked with the cou­ple’s in­ter­ests as the pri­or­ity at all times. Hugely prac­ti­cal touches work seam­lessly to make ev­ery­day liv­ing sim­ple. The in­duc­tion hob with built in ex­trac­tion catches steam and odours at its source. The cou­ple ad­mit that they could not live with­out their Quooker hot tap or con­ve­nient warm­ing draw­ers. The sep­a­rate stylish util­ity room pro­vides enough space for a busy laun­dry room with the wash­ing ma­chine, dryer, iron­ing board and other es­sen­tials out of sight. The cou­ple are so im­pressed with the end re­sult and the sheer qual­ity. Rachel com­mented that she never be­lieved she would have such a stun­ning kitchen which func­tions as beau­ti­fully as it looks.

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