How Rose McGowan Came to Endorse the #TIMESUP Movement, Even Though She Doesn’t Support It

TCA 2018: “Citizen Rose” star explains how her name got on the letter released by many women in Hollywood

Rose McGowan’s name may be associated with #TIMESUP, but that’s about the extent of her attachment to the movement, she said during a panel for her new show on the E! network, “Citizen Rose.”

While McGowan’s moniker was added to the Time’s Up letter that was recently released by many women in Hollywood, she didn’t know exactly what was she was getting herself into when she agreed to hand it over.

“I was asked to lend my name,” said McGowan said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday. “Someone texted me actually, to ask me to lend my name to letter to aid female farm workers of sexual harassment. I said ‘of course.’ Next thing I know, I’m endorsing Time’s Up.”

When McGowan, who openly criticized women’s decision to wear all-black to the Golden Globes on Sunday in support of the movement,  was asked how she felt about the plan, she responded: “Oh I don’t watch red carpets. Not my thing.”

More than 300 prominent women in Hollywood launched the initiative last week to combat sexual harassment and gender inequity in the workplace.

The project began with the unveiling of the new Time’s Up website, which includes a $13 million legal defense fund aimed to help less-privileged women — such as those in non-entertainment fields — protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the potential fallout from reporting it.

Tony Maglio contributed to this story.