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Rose McGowan calls out 'truly vile' Hollywood rules in letter of support to Shannen Doherty

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This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

Once a Charmed sister, always a Charmed sister. 

Rose McGowan, who starred as Paige Matthews in the popular series after Shannen Doherty left the show in 2001, took to Instagram on Tuesday to support the cancer-stricken actress and dispel any rumors of rivalry between them. 

Doherty revealed she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer last year and recently attended a Stand Up to Cancer event looking healthy, with her doctor sayingthat her chemotherapy was “nearly finished.” 

Appearing to show support, McGowan shared an illustration on Instagram showing two women side-by-side, one with no hair and the other with a headscarf.

“We have a funny history. As young women we were pitted against each other for society’s pleasure. The rules of Hollywood engagement brainwashed into us were truly vile. The men & brainwashed women in our business made it so we couldn’t be friends, I regret that,” McGowan wrote.

McGowan was cast in 2001 and stayed on as one of the leading actresses until 2006, when the show came to an end. She replaced Doherty (Prue Halliwell) after rumors of on-set and off-set tensions between Doherty and co-star Alyssa Milano

The series centered on the story three sisters who discovered they were descendants of a line of female witches. Each sister had a special ability and could combine their powers into the “Power of Three” to fight demons and other evils. 

Doherty portrayed the eldest of the three but her departure resulted in her character’s death at the end of the third season. McGowan’s character was introduced in season four as the half-sister of the Halliwell sisters, completing the three sister storyline. 

The two actresses have been rumored to be rivals in the past, which McGowan denies in her letter. 

Meanwhile, Doherty recently revealed that she hasn’t let cancer get the best of her. 

“I’ve been given a really interesting opportunity and one that in a way, I kind of feel blessed,” Doherty told ET in an interview. “Cancer has, in a strange way, done some amazing things for me. It’s allowed me to be more me, like much more in touch with who I am, and much more vulnerable and the person that I always was, but I think it got hidden behind a lot of other stuff.”

 

Dear @theshando Someone made this of us & I wanted to share it with you as it made me reflect. We have a funny history. As young women we were pitted against each other for society’s pleasure. The rules of Hollywood engagement brainwashed into us were truly vile. The men & brainwashed women in our business made it so we couldn’t be friends, I regret that. We were cast in this weird fake reality show where we were supposed to be enemies. I resented it greatly. I regret not being awake enough to articulate this to you at the time. Fear was drilled into me from day one in this town & you were the barometer by which my behavior was judged. I was under a microscope, one false move and I’d be branded ‘difficult’ just like you. I think we all know what happens when girls here get out of line. I willfully remained enigmatic & unengaged. The Bad Girl Shaming you received at the hands of the media was merciless. Global media shaming is real AF, as you know. Fuck them all & their machine, too. You cast a long shadow over my life. We were both cast in a fake real life role, that of the Bad Girl. I had to prove I wasn’t as bad as you or I’d get the axe, too. But we were never the bad ones, it was them., the Beige Brained White Dudes in Charge. Well fuck them. Damn them for fucking with our minds & careers just because their misogynistic belief systems couldn’t sanction two strong females in a traditionally subservient role- actress. I refused to give them the cat fight they so wanted. Shannen, we didn’t know it yet, but we were the good ones. Two boss young women that scared the ‘faux-liberals in provincial Hollywood, for that sin we got burned at the media stake, egged on by Hollywood who believe the press they start. There was a strongly inferred threat of me being blacklisted in tv as I’d been in film. Instead of understanding that we were a different breed, they tried to crush us, but they couldn’t. I send you strength. #rosearmy #BRAVE #shannendoherty #typos4life

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