McGowan Helpless As Pal Searches For Missing Family Members In Japan

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March 18, 2011 | 3:15pm EST

Actress Rose Mcgowan is feeling a special connection to the earthquake and tsunami disasters in Japan – her stunt double has lost family members in the tragedies.
The Planet Terror star admits she’s doing what she can to comfort her pal, but feels utterly helpless.

She tells news show Entertainment Tonight, “My stand-in on the movie I’m doing right now, she’s half Japanese, her whole family’s from Sendai and four of them are missing. It’s brutal to watch her go through it.”

The city of Sendai was the worst affected by the disasters last Friday – it was the closest mainland location to the epicentre of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and took the full brunt of the nine-meter high tsunami when it hit Japan’s east coast minutes after the tremor.

A week after the tragedy, the death toll has risen to over 6,900 with tens of thousands more people still missing.