Rose McGowan Talks About Growing Up with Drag Queens
In a new interview with The Advocate, Rose McGowan revealed that she grew up around drag queens and even went out to gay clubs as a middle schooler. The goth-chic actress, who dated Marilyn Manson for three years, says her unconventional childhood helped her become accepting.
When McGowan moved from her birthplace in Italy to the U.S., she was teased at her school in Portland, Oregon. As a young teen, she found comfort after being taken in "by the most amazing drag queens" who would dress her up as characters like Charlie Chaplin and take her out on the town. "There was so much camaraderie and love," she told the LGBT-interest magazine.
Although McGowan says she's straight and has never kissed a girl, she always felt embraced at gay clubs. "Whether it was how I danced or the way I looked, I was always quite celebrated in the gay clubs. To this day, I only go to gay clubs. I’m perfectly at home there," she said.