From the opening of the movie, to the way that the camera focuses on the actor, to his choice of clothes, it’s pretty clear that we’re all watching this man’s journey, and what his life has been like since we first saw him.
But in this case, that journey may be a lot more complicated than we ever thought.
It was the beginning of a new life for the actor as a man, a transition that would take him from the lead role in The Shawshank Redemption to a leading man on The Bachelor, and a role that has seen him work with some of the most powerful women in Hollywood, including Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Aniston, and more.
But there was another side to this story that we never saw coming: his journey as a woman in the business.
In the movie he had to fight to be seen as a good actor and a worthy partner for his woman, which, in his own words, was “a very difficult thing to do.”
The real-life journey of Rose McGowen is a reminder of how much she has changed for him.
McGowen was born in 1965 to a prominent Hollywood family, but after her father died, Rose was raised by her mother and brother in a small town in central California, where she grew up and attended private school.
She began acting when she was 17, and she had a brief run in with the cast of The Office, starring her then-boyfriend Kevin Costner, before settling on a series of small roles in films like The Man Who Would Be Queen and the movie version of The Good Wife.
But her biggest break came when she landed the lead in the first-ever feature film in the world of soap opera television, The ShawShank Redemption.
McGoen’s first film, The New Moon, starred Meryl and Reese Witherspoon, and it was a hit with critics and audiences alike, winning her a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination.
But the biggest moment in McGowens career came in 2006, when she played the lead of a comedy pilot for NBC, starring Will Ferrell and Sarah Silverman.
The plot, based on a book by Mark Twain, focused on the rise and fall of a rich, influential New York family, the Shawshanks, whose daughter has been diagnosed with cancer.
The story of Rose and her journey in the industry as a female is a fascinating one, and we wanted to find out more about the people behind the scenes who shaped the journey.VICE News sat down with Rose McGooey, a longtime producer and writer, to find her story.
Rose McGowie is currently producing The ShawshiShank and executive producing and directing The New Sun, the first feature film directed by McGowes husband and fellow writer, Robert Meyer Burnett.
We caught up with her to find the inside story behind her career, the women who made her a star, and the challenges she faces today.VICE: How did you come up with the idea for The New Moonlight?
Robert Meyer was the head writer for The ShawSHank Redemption, and he had a vision for this movie, and I felt like, Well, let’s do it.
Robert is an extremely talented writer, and this is the first opportunity I’ve had in Hollywood to write a feature film.
So I knew I wanted to make a movie that he’d like.
I thought, Why not take it to him?
So I was just doing research on him, and all of a sudden I came across this script by Robert.
He’s writing a movie, he’s been doing a TV series, he was doing a documentary, and now he’s got a script for a TV movie.
I saw the script and was like, Oh, wow.
I’m so glad I read this script.
What was your role in writing The New Sunset?
I wrote all of the scripts.
I did the first draft of the script, and then Robert, who I had met before, had to edit it and rewrite it, which took a couple of months.
He wrote the first version of it in about two months.
Robert had been talking to Robert and telling him that he wanted me to write this, but that he didn’t want me to do a movie about a wealthy New York couple, because it was too dark.
I was like: I’m not doing a movie.
Robert said to me, You know, the guy who’s in this movie is going to have to get the hell out of my life.
So then I wrote another script, which was this one called The New New Moon.
I knew that the ShawShanks had cancer, and so I thought it would be a nice way to get that out of their heads.
The way it was written was very much about how Rose and Reese and Meryl have a difficult relationship and how Rose, as a person, is