“One of the reasons I was looking forward to talking with you is that I think you’re OK with discomfort,” Stephen Colbert told his guest, Rose McGowan, Wednesday night. “You’re comfortable with discomfort,” he said, adding, “I like awkwardness.”
He had no idea how awkward things were going to get.
McGowan has been making the talk-show rounds this week just as her docuseries Citizen Rose premieres on E! and her new memoir Brave arrives in stores. But her refusal to play by the Hollywood rules makes her an unconventional guest, to say the least.
The self-described “architect” of Harvey Weinstein’s downfall delivered a stream-of-consciousness performance of sorts on The Late Show that kept Colbert on his toes. She went from talking about sitting with a “horrible man” from Fox News at one of Obama’s White House Correspondents’ Dinners to loving the Todd Solondz movie Happiness to the Canadian health-care system without so much as a transition.
At one point, the host struggled to follow a story about McGowan getting busted on a questionable drug charge. “Yes, I’ve had handcuffs on me but no one else in this situation [has], isn’t that grand?” she asked.
When Colbert asked her about the “cult” her father led when she was a child, McGowan said, “So he thought that was a better alternative to the crap shithole world we’re living in and he might have been right. It just went wrong for a little bit.” That led to Colbert schooling her on his “cult,” the Catholic Church.