Rose McGowan says shaving her head was an act of liberation.
“When I was an actress, I would alter my voice, my posture, everything I did. Mostly so people wouldn’t kind of really know me,” she explained. “I’ve been speaking the same way. Why can nobody hear the words coming out of my mouth? What is going on?”
For years, the actress kept her locks long, because an agent told her higher-ups wouldn’t want to sleep with her otherwise — and if that was the case, she wouldn’t be hired for roles.
In her book, Brave, McGowan writes that her long hair felt “uncomfortable” and symbolizes the lowest times in her life. She also says society is better at looking at women than hearing them. And she’s currently working to change that.
“So, by looking non-traditional, it seemed to have the side effect of people hearing what I was saying, and I thought, I wonder, I wonder if I can make it so women could be heard with having to shave their heads. So that was part of my plan, too. I wonder if I could get it so if women could be heard without having to shave their heads, we might actually have something, we might be able to break through.”