Rose McGowan guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims tonight. In the episode titled “Bombshell”, McGowan guest stars as Cassandra Davina, the main attraction at a swingers club where Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) go undercover. The case involves a stabbing victim found dead in a parking garage. Cassandra’s boyfriend, Doug Loveless (guest star Ryan Hurst), makes the detectives wonder just how far jealousy could have potentially pushed Davina.
During a recent interview, Rose McGowan talked about her SVU role, and what a fan she is of the show.
When asked about the character and whether or not she could identify with Cassandra Davina, McGowan says: “Cassandra is certainly a complex character, and that’s what I liked about her. She had a lot of different layers and certainly is not necessarily what meets the eye. She’s got her own plots going, no matter what. I think she’s always thinking of a different angle…. I would say there are actually no similarities in my personality or attitude, particularly with my character Cassandra, and that’s what was delightful. I get to be me, 24 hours a day, so I jumped at the chance to play something that is very, very different.”
What drew McGowan to guest starring on SVU in the first place? “The first thing that drew me to SVU is the fact that I actually watch it. My sister and I once got sucked into a 10-hour marathon, and watched it for an entire Saturday. I was like, “Wow, what an amazing show!” Plus, they’ve had amazing people on it, such as Maria Bello, Jeremy Irons and Marcia Gay Harden. They have had such an amazing line-up of people that go in and out of it. If that hadn’t been the case, I don’t know that I would have been as attracted to it, but they get such powerful actors. And, Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni are so good. To be able to be in that world, that I’ve lost many hours of my life to watching, was definitely a treat.”
McGowan goes on to say: “I’m shooting a film right now, called Rosewood Lane, and I’ll probably mostly continue to do films. I was on Charmed for five years and that was a grind, so I haven’t been quite ready to go back to that yet. But, what’s brilliant about this episode is that I get to go in and work with some knockout actors and then leave.”
Does McGowan see herself as a bombshell? “When I’m at home in sweatpants, I don’t feel like it. Sometimes I’m dressed up, but I don’t put the name tag on myself. That’s something for somebody else to do.”
Hmmm…McGowan is a bombshell in my book, but I like her attitude and style on the subject!
What did you think of her performance on Law & Order: SVU tonight?