Mc Gowan reportedly encouraged friends to donate to Boston Terrier Rescue Net, and according to BTRN: "Having fallen in love with Bug and Fester, her friends donated generously.
Through her father's art contacts in Italy, Mc Gowan became a child model and appeared in Vogue Bambini and various other Italian magazines.
Her parents returned to the United States in 1979 and divorced when Mc Gowan was 10.
She pursued a possible career in the film industry during her late teens, and also enrolled in a beauty school as a back-up.
Mc Gowan used to live in Seattle, Washington, but currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Her straight-forward, take-it-as-it-comes persona is reflected in her acting method.