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Shiva Rose Is a Beautiful Actress-Turned-Naturalist — Get to Know Dylan McDermott's Ex-wife

Pedro Marrero
Feb 15, 2021
05:20 A.M.

“David & Layla” star and natural-living advocate Shiva Rose spent 12 years in a marriage with “American Horror Story” star Dylan McDermott. With him, she shares two children that she raised in an alternative way.


52-year-old actress Shiva Rose started her acting career as a stage actress at the young age of 15. This came after an unorthodox childhood spent in Iran until age 10, when Rose and her family were forced to leave the country.

After escaping to Paris, France, the family eventually made it back to Rose’s native California (Rose was born in Santa Monica), where she spent her teenage years before attending UCLA.

Dylan McDermott and Shiva Rose attending Giorgio Armani Receives First "Rodeo Drive Walk Of Style" Award in Beverly Hills, California. | Images: Getty Images.

Dylan McDermott and Shiva Rose attending Giorgio Armani Receives First "Rodeo Drive Walk Of Style" Award in Beverly Hills, California. | Images: Getty Images.

Rose’s screen debut took place in 1998 when the actress made a guest-starring appearance in the drama series “The Practice,” whose main star was her now ex-husband, 59-year-old Dylan McDermott.

Rose and McDermott had already been married for three years when Rose launched her TV and film career, so her work as an actress was strongly linked to her famous husband.


After debuting on TV, Rose made the jump to the big screen when she landed the role of Sally Mae in the 1999 comedy film “How to Get Laid at the End of the World.”


In 2005, she played the female main character in the romantic comedy film “David & Layla” on which she co-starred with actor David Moscow. Rose has also guest-starred in “CSI: Miami” and “Cold Case,” and she played herself in “The Young and the Restless.”



Rose and McDermott welcomed their first child together, daughter Collete, in 1996, only a year into their marriage. It took them another nine before their second daughter, Charlotte, was born in September 2005.

After Rose became a mother, everything came second place in her life. Her entire life, especially since she and McDermott divorced in 2009 following nearly 15 years of marriage, is dedicated to giving their daughters the best lives.


For some years now, Rose has been living in the Santa Monica Mountains with Colette and Charlotte, and as of 2014, the three of them grew most of their own produce.

Rose is very candid about her parenting style. She once admitted that although she was always against putting on a movie for the children to catch a break, she does it sometimes. She described her parenting as “part improvisation, part instinct.”



Even though Rose has been battling lupus and other autoimmune diseases at least since she was 26, she only opened up about this in 2017, when she shared how her diagnosis shaped her healthy and holistic lifestyle.

“I’ve been diagnosed with lupus, and other autoimmune conditions — scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis.… I made a lot of lifestyle changes, going a more holistic route, and went into remission,” Rose told Los Angeles Times in 2017.


In the same interview with LA Times, Rose called her health journey “the catalyst” behind the creation of her beauty and skincare collection, apart that convincing her about becoming an advocate of natural, holistic living and treatments.

Rose complements her healthy lifestyle with a deep and disciplined spiritual practice, and she said that she began practicing Buddhism in her early 20s before incorporating kundalini yoga.



In 2014, it was confirmed that McDermott was romantically involved with ten-year-younger actress Maggie Q, a relationship he credited to a new, positive outlook on life following the divorce.

“The cool thing is if you trust life and open yourself up to good things, good things can happen. Once I tried to understand that life will always take care of me, Maggie stepped into my life,” McDermott told People magazine in 2018.

Unfortunately, in March 2019, after four years of being engaged, McDermott and Maggie called it quits. It was surprising news, since only two months earlier, the actor was publicly speaking about an upcoming wedding.

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