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The actress said she tweeted the casting note because it made her laugh and made her sad, going on to call Hollywood “old fashioned.”
In a June 17 tweet, McGowan called out the wardrobe requirements in a casting note. She claimed the star of the movie rhymes with “Madam Panhandler,” and she later confirmed to E! that she was referring to Adam Sandler. The note told actresses auditioning to wear a “black (or dark) formfitting tank that shows off cleavage (push-up bras encouraged). And formfitting leggings or jeans.”
A week later, McGowan tweeted that she had been “fired by my wussy acting agent because I spoke up about the bullshit in Hollywood.” However, one of McGowan’s agents, Sheila Wenzel, left her job at Innovative Artists before McGowan tweeted about the casting call. Her other listed Innovative agent was Steve Muller who has not yet responded to The Hollywood Reporter‘s request for comment.
In a taped interview that aired on GMA on Friday, McGowan didn’t provide any more information about why she was dropped or address the fact that one of her agents left Innovative before she sent out her tweets, but she said her response to finding out she’d been dropped by her agency was, “You’re hilarious. That was my response: ‘You’re hilarious. Like, ‘Come on, Hollywood, get a better script. This one’s predictable.’ “
Meanwhile, Innovative told ABC News that McGowan told them she no longer wants to be repped by them as she shifts from acting to directing. Sandler’s camp also denied any association with the casting note, telling ABC News they “felt it was completely inappropriate and have made sure that it is not sent out again.”
When asked if this response is enough, McGowan told GMA, “I think that’s a wonderful start.”
She also told the ABC morning show that the casting note she tweeted is one of many examples but didn’t want to reveal additional, specific examples.
Instead she said she hopes that the next girl coming up after her will know “she doesn’t have to sell her body and her soul just to be a creative person. That isn’t the fine that you pay at the gate, and it shouldn’t be.”
She advised other women in Hollywood to “know your worth and know that it’s not OK to be treated like a piece of meat.”
McGowan, meanwhile, said she doesn’t care if she’s blacklisted for calling out the casting note, adding “Bring it! You want to play, let’s play.”
McGowan’s tweets come as she releases a short film, Dawn, that she directed. The film has been available on YouTube since Monday.
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