Rose McGowan ‘fired’ by agency for noting that condescending note was condescending

Rose McGowan answers questions about her directorial debut "Dawn" at a screening of the short film in New York on June 24.

Rose McGowan answers questions about her directorial debut “Dawn” at a screening of the short film in New York on June 24.

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Rose McGowan last week called out an insulting casting note she’d received for being, well, insulting. Pretty funny, right?

“I just got fired by my wussy acting agent,” the actress tweeted Wednesday night, “because I spoke up about the” -- let’s call it the hooey -- “in Hollywood. Hahaha. ... #awesome #BRINGIT”

Now, that’s not really funny at all. Well, maybe the word “hooey” is kind of amusing, but that’s not the point.

“The awesome thing about being an artist?,” she continued amid some retweets of supportive responses. “You can’t be fired from your own mind. #FREEDOM.”


On Thursday, the Wrap broke the news that McGowan’s agent, Sheila Wenzel, had parted ways with Innovative Artists on Monday. According to the outlet’s sources, once Wenzel was gone, the agency did not want to continue repping the actress.

McGowan, who has been wrapped up in the excitement around the June 21 release of her short-film directorial debut “Dawn” had gone public in a no-big-deal way with some advice that’d been included with a script for a project starring Adam Sandler.

“casting note that came w/script I got today. For real. name of male star rhymes with Madam Panhandler hahahaha I die,” she tweeted on June 17.

The note: "-Please make sure to read the attached script before coming in so you understand the context of the scenes. -Wardrobe Note: Black (or dark) form fitting tank that shows off cleavage (push up bras encouraged). And form-fitting leggings or jeans. Nothing white.”

A few days later, she tweeted an explanation of her reaction. “I was insulted by the instructions to ‘read the script for context.’ Hahaha.”

When quizzed about her comments by E! News for an article published Wednesday, she said it was weird that she’d even get a script for that kind of movie and that she wasn’t trying to “vilify” Sandler -- and confirmed it was the “read the script” part of the note that made her laugh the hardest. Well, that and the show-us-what-you’ve-got wardrobe nudge.

“It’s just the institutional stupidity and the institutional infantilization of actresses. Like an actress isn’t going to look like her A-game. We need to remind her. My favorite part was the parenthesis: ‘Push up bras encouraged.’”

The Times’ requests for confirmation and comment were not returned Thursday by McGowan’s publicist or the other IA agent who was listed as representing her.

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