omg, I am really really excited - my smart&sassy queen Rose McGowan has just directed her first short film (which has been screened at Sundance this year) and it’s looking AMAZING and I can’t wait to see it AND the interviews she’s given at Sundance are so spot on, the way she described her experiences as an actress (as opposed to being a director), I’m basically hyperventilating.
When you’re on set acting, do you feel out of control? The director side of you pining to make the movie more cinematic?
My answer to that is ‘duh.’ I’ve grown my hair long so that when I’m frustrated and have to bite my cheek, I can hide it. I’ve bitten my cheeks a lot.
You’ve worked with an eclectic group of filmmakers during your acting career. Have they influenced you or taught you anything about filmmaking?
That’s surprising. When you’re acting, do you feel creatively separate from the job? How do you do that?
Ego. Going back, it’s not knocking the directors I’ve worked with — I’ve worked with cool people — but there’s a certain amount of ego that I don’t feel is necessarily conducive to make a good film. It can stand in the way of making a good film and a good set experience. It’s not necessary to be like that. For me as an actor, you have to swallow it a lot. And I’m tired of swallowing it.
ALSO, can you please be my best friend, Rose, and we can watch Buñuel and Jodorowsky all night long and brush each other’s hair while reading Poe? Pls! <3
ROSE McGOWAN: I was watching Jodorowsky and Buñuel by age five. I’m not saying it was a normal childhood [laughs]. I definitely had some nightmares. At the same time was reading Edgar Allen Poe.