Women of the '90s -- Then & Now

Rose McGowan is Team Renee.

Last week, Variety posted a piece titled "Renee Zellweger: If She No Longer Looks Like Herself Has She Become a Different Actress?", commenting on the star's changing appearance over the years and wondering whether that had an affect on how audiences view her work on screen.

"Watching the [new Bridget Jones] trailer, I didn't stare at the actress and think: She doesn't look like Renée Zellweger. I thought: She doesn't look like Bridget Jones," critic Owen Gleiberman mused in the article. "Oddly, that made it matter more. Celebrities, like anyone else, have the right to look however they want, but the characters they play become part of us. I suddenly felt like something had been taken away."

Click here to read the full piece.

Safe to say those words didn't sit well with the "Charmed" star, who took to The Hollywood Reporter today to share a scathing open letter defending Renee and all women in Hollywood.

"Renee Zellweger is a human being, with feelings, with a life, with love and with triumphs and struggles, just like the rest of us," the 42-year-old actress-turned-director writes.

"Her crime, according to you, is growing older in a way you don't approve of," she continues. "Who are you to approve of anything? What you are doing is vile, damaging, stupid and cruel. It also reeks of status quo white-male privilege."

Rose goes on to explain how she was "abused" by Hollywood and the media during her time as an actress, enduring embarrassing incidents on the Howard Stern Show and more. She says the nature of the business made people afraid to speak out -- but she's not one of them.

"I don't care if you're afraid. Be brave. Do what's right, for once. I loathe fear. And this town is built on fear," she exclaims. "Fear was instilled in me by the men and women of this town, just as I'm sure it was instilled in Ms. Zellweger. Fear of being blacklisted, fear of being branded difficult, fear of ... fear of ... fear of."

"It is time to stop f---ing with women's minds," she adds.

The piece definitely seems to have struck a cord with some of Rose's celeb friends and fans.

After it went live, her former "Charmed" co-star, Alyssa Milano, re-tweeted the article and heaped on praise. "Boom. @rosemcgowan! And... mike drop. #rosearmy," she posted on Twitter.

"@rosemcgowan is my hero," added 'Nashville" and Broadway star Laura Benanti.

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