A revealing memoir and empowering manifesto from one of the most provocative voices in Hollywood—millennial icon; star of the hit television showCharmed; indie hero; lead actress, musician; award-winning director; and feminist whistleblowing badass Rose McGowan
“My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another. BRAVE is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same.”—Rose McGowan
Rose McGowan was born in one cult and came of age in another, more visible cult; Hollywood. Born and raised in the Italian chapter of the Children of God, Rose escaped through a cornfield at night, moved to the states, and ran away at thirteen. She lived a transient punk lifestyle on and off the streets until she was “discovered” on a curb in Los Angeles and became one of Hollywood’s most desired actresses overnight.
In a strange world where she was constantly on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualization. She escaped in the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high profile relationships. Every detail of her personal life became public, and the realities of an inherently sexist industry emerged with every script, role, public appearance, and magazine cover. The Hollywood machine packaged her as a sexualized bombshell, hi-jacking her image and identity and marketing them for their profit.
Hollywood expected Rose to be silent and cooperative and to stay the path. Instead, she rebelled and asserted her true identity and voice. She re-emerged unscripted, courageous, victorious, angry, smart, fierce, unapologetic, controversial, and real as f*ck.
BRAVEis her raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto—a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a star, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multi-billion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE.