Dressed in an orange hoodie, McGowan chatted with Stephen Colbert about her new memoir, "Brave," and wandered into several other topics along the way, including men's fashion in India as compared to the United States, the movie "Happiness" and even one specific story from the Bible.
The actress, who called herself "the architect" of disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein's downfall after she accused him of rape last year, took to Twitter Thursday morning to mount her own defense. Primarily, she laid out in a series of tweets that she has no interest in the traditional talk show interview where guests speak in pre-packaged soundbites.
2) I am bored of formats and questions. I am done with traditional structure. If you're not with the fake tradition of traditional promotional “appearances” then by all means, stay in your square, but DO NOT APPLY TO ME . @TheAVClub
She let it sit there for a while, but as more people continued to comment on the way she answered questions, and the seeming non-sequitur method of her responses, she came out again, fully owning the fact that she is a different personality than many people might be used to.
I am unusual, that IS the point. I do not care for formats or traditional thought. Every interview of mine is different, just like a mood. A lot of you are meeting me for the first time. Don't compare me to what you would do or be. Be free.
But Colbert knew what he was getting into with McGowan. The comedian even told her on Wednesday that one of the reasons he was looking forward to interviewing her is that she's "comfortable with discomfort," to which the actress responded, "Did you ever see that movie, 'Happiness,' by Todd Solondz? I laughed so hard. It's about a pedophile. It's terrible, but this excruciating twist of your skin -- I kind of exist there, but not my fault."
McGowan went off on several different tangents throughout the interview -- including how she thinks uncomfortable suits make people insane -- before the subject of her growing up in a cult came up. Colbert tried to make a joke about how he, too, was raised in a cult, suggesting the Catholic Church. This led to McGowan asking him, "So Scientology is weird, but, like, there was a dude in a whale's stomach that talked for three days or so, then he got spit out because of Jesus. Am I following that correctly?"
"You are not," Colbert said before proceeding to educate McGowan on the biblical story to which she was referring.
When asked very pointedly about Weinstein, including the allegations that he maintained a vast network of spies to chronicle his victims and try to undermine their attemps to expose him, McGowan was very clear. Colbert asked her if she ever felt "crazy," or doubted herself as everyone was telling her she was wrong.
"No, I always knew it was everybody else," she said. "I see things. That's not my issue. Don't make your khaki pants my problem."
The khaki pants comment was a reference to her assertion that American men's fashion is limited to such a bland color palette, and is physically restrictive of movement. "I just got back from India, and everyone's so colorful," she went on. "And I came here, and I saw all these khaki pants and T-Rex things, and I was like, 'What is going on?' I think we can do better -- societally.
"I think we can be looser, 10 percent, have more fun, be better, see more colors, run. Like, what are we doing? It's not working out so well here. Am I wrong? [It's] like there's a bus on fire and a madman and a blindfold, and everyone's just still talking about, like, if it's nice. It's not nice. It's f-cking weird, right? Shake it up because otherwise we're all maybe gonna die sooner than we think. And that's what I think."
"Here's the strangest thing," Colbert said. "There's nothing about what you just said that's wrong."
"But they'll make me seem crazy for saying it," McGowan replied prophetically. "But you know what? It snowed yesterday in New York, and you can't tell me it didn't," she said. "I saw it."