Famous for her role as a benevolent witch on Charmed, Rose McGowan recently broke out of the acting box with her "RM486" music video. The video is slightly uncomfortable and is intended to push boundaries, challenge sexism and impossible beauty standards. She talks about these topics and potential future releases in a new interview.
When asked by Billboard what made her want to do music McGowan said, "I've been interested in creating my own music for a long time – I just didn't live in a musical world. I was wanting to do music for the last five years, but I didn't really know anybody in the music world because the acting world is kept quite separate. Contrary to popular belief, we do not all know each other."
McGowan told the publication that "RM486" was distributed by music company The Orchard and that it took her awhile to figure out just how it should be released other than online distribution. The "RM" in "RM486" is of course her initials, and "486" is representative of a controversial abortion drug.
The chilling music video was directed by music video legend Jonas Akerlund, who has in the past worked with Madonna, Metallica and Lady Gaga. Throughout the video, McGowan exhibits several dissimilar looks that include "Dark Beauty," "Green Hair Hollywood," "Needles," and "Red Glitter Bomb," and "Art," which are all explained in a statement.
The actress also explained the music video characters themselves in an interview with Nowness, saying, "All five characters are versions of me. All are pieces that make up my whole – an artist, a public figure and, and most importantly, as a person. I'm pushing back at the idea of what I am supposed to be."