Julie Bowen shows leg, and a shot of her twins 'Fatty' and 'Smarty,' on 'Conan'

Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen felt pressure to perform as one of Conan‘s first week guests, and we think it’s safe to say she produced. Watch their chat below. Conan starts by thanking her for not wearing pants. “It’s so great to be on television again,” he said. Then, Bowen insults fellow guest Michael Cera a couple times before admitting that she met him at an event when he was 14, walked up to him and said “I love you” in what she thought was a cool way, and he looked at her like she was old and decrepit. She saved the best story, about her twin 18-month-old boys, for last: She was doing laundry one day, turned her back, and, “The smart one had gotten the fat cute one in the dryer.” Naturally, Conan gives her grief for not having learned her children’s names and for her first instinct being to run to get her camera and take a photo. “You get fatty out!” Hilarious. This is how a talk show appearance is done.

P.S. The way she told that story, there is no one who could play Claire better than her. And it’s a shame Fatty (Gustav) and Smarty (John) aren’t a little older. They could’ve wreaked havoc as Lily’s preschool classmates.

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  • graeme

    Holy crap. She was hilarious.. I loved the “Social Network” line to Cera.

  • Belle

    Maybe it is me but nowadays, I can not tell the difference between Julie, Heidi Klum & Elizabeth Banks. I see a picture of Heidi I think Julie. I see Elizabeth Bank’s commerical and I think Julie. I see Julie I think Elizabeth or Heidi. Love her as Claire!

    • Alex

      LOL! I know what you mean. I swear that Julie Benz, Julie Bowen, and Elizabeth Banks are all the same person. Think about it, have you ever seen any of them in the same place at the same time???

      • Karate Pants

        I cannot tell the three of them apart either, Alex.

    • Lyn2

      Wow-really! Other than the fact that they are all thin blondes, I don’t think they look much alike. They have different eye colors and facial bone structures. I hope none of you who confuse them or think they are the same person is in law enforcement.

  • Kat

    LOL poor Gustav. That kid better develop a thick skin if his mom is going to keep talking about how fat he is and how he’s not that bright… Hilarious story, though.

    • CivilGuy

      Wasnt he in Willy Wonka?

  • yawn

    Thank god you’re not Ken Tucker.

  • Sil

    I love Julie Bowen…you all need to check her out in the Tim Allen movie, “Crazy on the Outside”, she is hilarious is that, and oh so different from her Claire character. This is one actress who is way underrated.

    • Big Walt

      It’s amazing to me how much better she looks now than when she did Happy Gilmore what 15 years ago?

      • Sil

        Yup, totally agree!

  • Ole C

    Perfect episode of Conan! Period

  • Jules

    Great show!

  • Luddite

    Hilarious. Thanks for that.
    (And can I add how much I miss Ed? It doesn’t matter what show Julie Bowen is on – every time I see her, my head says “Carol Vessey!”)

    • mscisluv

      I loved Ed – great show, even though she didn’t really have that much to do other than get wooed.

  • Al

    Can we please have more Conan stories? I read the three today and the two yesterday but I need more.

  • Keith

    How can someone so pretty be so funny, too? That’s cool.

    • C Men

      It’s not easy but people like us make it happen.

  • ModFamily

    I thought Julie was funny and cute, but that girl did not sit still for a second! Maybe ADHD dosen’t fall far from the tree.

    • Mike

      She was nervous. Its normal.

  • Melanie

    Stop calling him Fatty! I just loved this interview!

  • Wym

    I don’t know why exactly, but I found it hilarious that she kept calling her kids Smarty and Fatty. And then when Conan made the comment that she should learn her own kids’ names, I laughed for at least a full minute.

  • Ben

    She did the same schtick on Lopez Tonight…almost gave the crowd crotch shots and showed a funny photo of her twins breast-feeding.

  • pastafarian

    As much as I like her on Modern Family, I don’t care much for her interviews. She comes off as condescending and abrasive (and a bit of a spazz), rather than affable and charming.

    • Mike

      Abrasive?! pffft

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