Actress Rose McGowan took to Twitter yesterday to reveal that she was fired by her “wussy” agent for speaking out about sexism in the movie industry.
The controversy started last week, when McGowan tweeted a picture of a shamelessly sexist audition script note from an untitled Adam Sandler movie, which listed open cleavage and tight-fitting clothing as pre-requisites for an acceptable female audition.
The 41-year-old actress opened up about the tweet and her experiences with sexism in Hollywood in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, where she explained that she was “not trying to vilify Adam Sandler” but instead attempting to combat the “institutional stupidity and the institutional infantilization of actresses” in today’s film industry.
“When I did my first film, I was told by my agent that I would need to have long hair so men in this town would want to f— me and hire me,” McGowan told Entertainment Weekly. “That was said to a 17 year old.”
Despite being dropped from representation by Sheila Wenzel and Steve Muller at Innovative Artists, McGowan remains optimistic about her future. Today, the actress tweeted an inspiring response about her dismissal from the agency.
In 2014, McGowan addressed the challenges of female identity in her short film, “Dawn,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. This year, she will make her feature directorial debut with the upcoming psychological thriller, “The Pines.”
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