Two years ago, Rose McGowan says she was stifled by an agent for speaking too well.
The fact that she is an intelligent woman intimidated people — particularly men — McGowan says. She said that did not go over too well in production meetings.
"I had an agent that told me not to speak in meetings because I was too intelligent and it was stressing to the men," McGowan told HuffPost Live host Ricky Camilleri, recalling a two-year-old meeting. "It was a woman that told me that."
McGowan, who joined the show to chat about her directorial debut "Dawn," went on to have some harsh words for the agent and for herself. She said it was hard to be herself in a male-dominated industry for so long, but she's gotten to the point where she has "no real problem saying what I actually think."
"Dawn" is a short film about a "young teenager who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life." It will play at the 2014 Sundance Festival early next year.
Watch the rest of the clip above, and catch the entire HuffPost Live conversation here.