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 the Barbarian.

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 go,” she said.

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 movies.”