Rose McGowan On The Toll Of #MeToo: “I've Probably Shaved A Couple Of Years Off My Life”
Actress and activist Rose McGowan has admitted the emotional toll of being a 'gatekeeper of pain' has had on her, during an interview on The Project.
McGowan levelled sexual assault allegations against Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein in October last year, igniting the revolutionary #MeToo Movement.
On Tuesday night, McGowan told The Project that her position at the forefront of the movement has been emotional.
"I receive a lot of stories, heartbreaking stories, intense stories, and it does sometimes feel like -- especially the last year, which was a really triggering year for a lot of people -- it definitely felt like I was a gatekeeper for that,” she told The Project on Tuesday.
"But I can shoulder it, and I am here to shoulder it."
McGowan admitted that it had taken a toll on her personally.
"I've probably shaved a couple of years off my life," she said.
McGowan may have been the catalyst for the #MeToo Movement, but it was American civil rights activist Tarana Burke who coined the term.
"It was simply a way for people who have had this happen, 'Did this happen to you? Me too', " McGowan said.
"That's all #MeToo really is."
She stressed the #MeToo movement is not an attack on men, but rather a movement for people to "behave like human beings".
"Men shouldn't be scared. This is just a cultural reset and it's okay," said McGowan.
"We just needed to stand back and be about 10 percent more human to each other, and realise that women aren't property.
"And men get hurt too, this is across the board."
McGowan has turned her attention to an Australian cause -- the #WalkoutOz in support of pay equality.
She said it was her love for the country after visiting numerous times that prompted her to lend her voice to the movement.
"I've been incredibly involved with Australia for a long time, I've been there numerous times and I just have such a love for that country," McGowan said.
"I just thought I could lend my voice."
The movement asks women and men to walk out of their jobs at precisely 3.50pm on Wednesday, and McGowan explained why.
"It's because they say that's when women stop earning money on the job compared to Australian men," she said.
"And that's something my affiliation with the female social network... they got me involved with this, and, they taught me all about the pay inequalities and inequities in Australia."
McGowan hopes that men will join the walkout to show their support for pay equality.
"The whole thing with #WalkoutOz is it's just really about showing this is wrong, it's inherently wrong."
Those participating in the walkout in Sydney will gather at Martin Place, where Victoria Weekes, Chairperson of the Australian Gender Equality Council and Eva Cox, a feminist academic and Adjunct Professor at UTS will speak.
Catch The Project Sunday to Friday at 6.30pm on Channel 10.