CERTALDO-Rose McGowan credits being around her dogs with saving her life in ‘’disillusioned’’ Hollywood. Rose McGowan believes her dogs saved her life.

The ‘Charmed’ star - who was one of the first women to accuse disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct when she alleged he raped her - enjoys the ‘’simple’’ things in life, such as reading or being around animals, because they take her to a calm place.

She said: ‘’I love travelling, seeing new places and meeting new people, and simple things like a nice cup of tea and a good book.

‘’Reading lets me escape into another world and gives my mind a break. ‘’I’ve met people who don’t read and I don’t understand it.‘’Dogs make me happy too. I’d say the dogs I had when I was in Hollywood saved my life.’’

The 45-year-old actress slammed the ‘’cult-like mentality’’ of Hollywood and admitted she feels much ‘’healthier’’ now she is on the ‘’outside’’. She told Psychologies magazine: ‘’Hollywood is a cult-like mentality, it’s the one big industry in that town.

‘’It’s all people talk about and they adhere to these illusory rules that were made up to appease studio heads years ago.

‘’People buy into it and I’ve written about demystifying the illusions that you’re sold. ‘’Being on the outside is a healthier place to be but I’m still finding my footing.

‘’It feels like a new era, which is both scary and thrilling - I get to live my life for me now.’’ Rose knows her frank honesty can make people feel ‘’uncomfortable’’, but that doesn’t bother her.

She said: ‘’I don’t see the harm in telling the truth. ‘’To others it’s scary but I guess that’s what being brave is all about.

‘’It makes people uncomfortable but I think it’s OK to be uncomfortable for a bit, it doesn’t mean you’re that way forever - if you’re wearing a bra that’s too tight, you take it off and you’re comfortable again.’’