Doherty was a star on Charmed for its first three seasons until she left amid rumors of a bitter feud with her co-star Alyssa Milano. McGowan was her replacement on the show, sparking more rumors that there was bad blood between them after the switch.
Now, as Doherty battles breast cancer, McGowan is mending fences.
She shared a powerful open letter on her Instagram, blaming Hollywood for the longstanding feud between herself and Doherty.
“As young women we were pitted against each other for society’s pleasure,” McGowan wrote. “The rules of Hollywood engagement brainwashed into us were truly vile. We were cast in this weird fake reality show where we were supposed to be enemies. You and I were pitted against each other, I resented it greatly.”
She continued, “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.”
McGowan also spoke about how Doherty’s controversial departure from Charmed affected her as she took over the role.
“I was under a microscope, one false move and I’d be branded ‘difficult’ just like you,” she wrote. “The Bad Girl Shaming you received at the hands of the media was merciless……. 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.”
McGowan ended her letter, “Instead of understanding that we were a different breed, they tried to crush us, but they couldn’t. I send you strength.”
Doherty is nearing the end of her chemotherapy and radiation after being diagnosed with breast cancer more than a year ago. In May, she had a single mastectomy. She responded perfectly to McGowan’s letter, tweeting simply, “@rosemcgowan I’m proud of us now.
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