When James pushed a little bit more, suggesting that Sabrina was “skirting around” the controversy, she politely responded, “People will make a narrative out of something always. And I think this was a really interesting song for people to kind of misinterpret and make it into something that it wasn’t really supposed to be in the first place.”
Corden also told Carpenter that he was gutted that the Girl Meets World star made her Broadway debut in the Mean Girls musical last March and only got two performances under her belt before the COVID-19 pandemic caused Broadway’s now nearly year-long shutdown.
“Yeah, you know it’s a bummer,” Carpenter said. “I rehearsed for about three months and it was obviously my debut and something I was so, so, so excited about, but I would have been so bummed if I didn’t get to do any. So, you know, I really gave my heart into those two shows.”
Seated at a white baby grand piano inside a sun-splashed, empty warehouse for her “Skin” performance, Carpenter started out at the keys before crooning the emotional track to an audience of none as a torrential indoor rainstorm soaked her to the bone. She ended back on the bench, singing the haunting refrain, “I wish that you knew that even you/ Can’t get under my skin if I don’t let you” in a whisper.
Watch Carpenter talk about the song and perform “Skin” on The Late Late Show below.