Rose McGowan: Women are trained to be their own worst enemies

CANNES — Rose McGowan feels that women don’t always have the best intentions but says it’s not their fault.

After participating in a chat during Cannes Lions on Wednesday, the self-described “international agitator” talked to Page Six about women and the suffering she’s faced because of them.

“It’s really hard. Women are trained to be their own worst enemies and others’ worst enemies,” McGowan, 45, told us. “At the hands of women in my industry I’ve suffered a lot. They were the ones who set me up. They were the ones who said horrible, poisonous things that stuck in my head and had ill effects on my mind.”

The former “Charmed” star, who was one of Harvey Weinstein’s earliest rape accusers, encouraged women to take control of their own lives and become powerhouses instead of trying to take down others because society has “trained” them to be like that.

“I think women are trained that there’s only one spot for you and everyone has to fight like crazy for that one spot,” she continued, “but I always say that table that you want to sit at is an illusion anyway, so start your own table.”

McGowan appears to have done just that, going her own way with her career and choosing a different path. The actress-activist revealed she’s releasing her first album, titled “Planet 9,” after working on it for four years. She also said she’s going to be performing “Planet 9” at the 2019 Fringe Festival in August, which will be her first live performance as a singer and an artist.

“That’s daunting, so why not go big and do it at the largest arts festival in the world,” McGowan said during the chat, adding that “Planet 9” is a fictional place she invented as a child as “an antidote to America” after moving here from Italy, where she was raised in a cult.

“If we shut our eyes and we create our own reality,” she said. “If our reality is an illusion why not create a new one?”

McGowan, who announced in 2017 she was working on a pilot for Amazon about a cult, confirmed to Page Six that the project is no longer in the works.

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