Rose McGowan, best known for her wicked roles in Jawbreaker, Scream, Charmed, Grindhouse, and, most recently, Conan the Barbarian, has a lot of gay pride. The actress claims that she makes even her gay friends seem not as gay when she's around and campaigned against Proposition 8, which sought to ban same sex marriage in the state of California.

Up next, the 39 year old actress will star in the spooky The Tell Tale Heart, based on Edgar Allan Poe's story. McGowan was tight-lipped about details of her return to television this fall for a new series on ABC.

Fresh off a plane, McGowan granted Watermark an exclusive interview before her appearance at Spooky Empire – The Ultimate Horror Weekend in Orlando.

Tell me about what you’ll be doing at Spooky Empire in Orlando this weekend.
I’ll be there promoting Scream, Charmed, and Grindhouse.

Is this your first time doing one of these?
Yes. It’s fun to be able to meet people one on one. Generally, you’re kept back from people, so this will be a completely different experience to see the people that are your fans. It’s special.

I have to warn you though; you’re going to encounter quite a few gay nerds.
That’s ok. They’re my favorite! If you have to be a nerd, you might as well be gay. It’ll just make me happier.

With roles in great gay cult hits like Jawbreaker, Scream and Charmed, it’s no surprise you built a large gay fan base. You definitively seem to shine in those venomous/vixen roles. Gays love a good vixen.
[Those roles] come pretty easy to me. It’s funny; if you know me, I’m actually pretty easy-going and laid-back. I watch a lot of classic films and those roles really inspire me. Actresses like Bette Davis and Joan Crawford have played some amazingly evil people. Barbara Stanwyck is my favorite actually. I’ve kind of patterned my characters by their performances. I wouldn’t say I try to copy them - but try to pay homage. Those actresses never had to say the lines I have, that’s for sure.

When do you think you established your gay iconic status?
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.

You clearly have an affinity for your gays. Do you have any interesting stories about your gay fans?

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