Those of us who were tweens and teens in the late 90s, early 00s primarily remember Rose McGowan from Charmed, or as the woman in the entirely backless dress from the VMAs that one year. Never one to shy away from confrontation, McGowan made headlines recently after being dropped by her agency for calling out sexist casting notes she received on an Adam Sandler script.
Turns out that being dropped by her agency, while horrifying, has actually ended up being better for her career than anything else. McGowan has been involved in a host of new projects, including directing the film Dawn, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance last year, and most recently a musical endeavour, resulting in the single, ‘RM486’.
The song is surprisingly good, if slow to start. ‘RM486’ is a collaboration with French electronic duo Punishment and was recorded while McGowan was in Paris for Fashion Week. In her interview with Rolling Stone, McGowan said she wanted “a song to drive on Mulholland to at night. Something really astral and galactic.” Mission accomplished.
The real draw card however, is the incredible video, directed by Jonas Åkerlund and styled by B. Åkerlund’s WHOYOUARE. The video covers five surreal looks, which McGowan says are each a representation of some stage of her life or aspect of personality – from her as the green-haired Hollywood character, which she describes as “harrowing”, to the all-white alien “pure” creature.