The 41-year-old actress (Grindhouse, Charmed) was told to go to an audition for an Adam Sandler film wearing a “form fitting tank that shows off cleavage (push-up bras encouraged),” a request made of all the actresses who auditioned.
She tweeted her anger over the sexist request, and later provided more details in an interview with Entertainment Weekly: “I’m not trying to vilify Adam Sander,” she said. “I was offended by the stupidity more than anything. I was offended by the fact that went through so many people’s hands and nobody red flagged it. This is normal to so many people. It was probably even a girl that had to type it up. It’s institutionally okay. When I did my first film, I was told by my agent that I would need to have long hair so men in this town would want to f— me and hire me. That was said to a 17 year old.”
It appears that comment didn’t sit well with her agency (Innovative Artists), who abruptly dropped her as a client. A defiant McGowan didn’t back down, tweeting out “I just got fired by my wussy acting agent because I spoke up about the bullshit in Hollywood. Hahaha.” According to TheWrap.com, it appears McGowan’s former agent Sheila Wenzel was fired by Innovative Artists days before McGowan was dropped, so the decision to fire McGowan came from Innovative Artists, not Wenzel.
McGowan may have lost her agent, and probably the chance to be in the Adam Sandler movie (which may be a blessing in disguise), but she seems to be doing fine regardless. She just directed her first film, Dawn, and appears comfortable doing projects she cares about, and making enemies in Hollywood at the same time.