Actress Rose McGowan says her gay fans
make her happy.
The 39-year-old McGowan is best known
for her role playing Paige Matthews for four seasons on the
supernatural television series Charmed. She starred opposite
Jason Momoa as the powerful witch Marique in the 2011 film Conan
In an interview with Watermark,
McGowan said she established her gay iconic status early in life.
“In my mind, it was probably when I
was little and I would protect the gays from the bullies at school.
When I was 13, I was a runaway and taken in by a drag queen in
Portland, Oregon. I used to go to gay nightclubs and dance the night
away. So, it's pretty much been a constant in my life for as long as
I can remember. I never felt like all of a sudden, I gained a gay
following, it's always been part of my world. I'm the only one,
among my gay friends, that's gone to civil rights marches,
pro-equality marches, participated in the No H8 Campaign. Then, I
realized, I'm the only one there marching – and they're gay and not
doing it. I need to find some straight people causes and make them
And on her gay following: “[T]hey're
my favorite. To be honest, I don't look at them as 'gay fans,'
they're just fans to me. They are usually the most fun to talk to
and that makes me happy. They tend to know a lot of lines from my