Few actors s could remain charming while chomping through bodyody parts, but that’s exactly what hat the perennially engaging Drew Barrymore manages inn her latest role.
In new Netflix comedy The Santa Clarita ita Diet, Barrymore plays a suburbanburban mum and real estate agentnt who has turned into a zombie.bie.
Alongside ide her on-screen husband, played by Timothy Oliphant, Barrymore is challengedd with navigating suburbia while trying to feed her voracious oracious appetite foror human flesh. Surprisingly, prisingly, Barrymore e credits the show with also being both a physical ysical and spiritual makeover.
This role came along just as your marriage was ending — did it help you? I think thiss woman is going through ann awakening g and I loved gettingtting to have that outletwithoutlet with (series creator) ator) Victor (Fresco) esco) and Tim (Oliphant), hant), who are solid, wonderful derful gentlemen who have been married for a long time e and were such a safe placee for me to spend my summer er while my whole life was just sort of falling apart.
Was that part of what appealedealed about this show? ? I was just, like, in a really low point and I read the scriptcript and it made e me laugh and made me feel eel something, , and it took me out of my own world that wasn’t super pleasant at the time and I thoug thought, maybe other people want to b be taken out of their unpleasant times and be transported into something that’s cool and di different.
Tell us how playingplayi Sheila inspired you to getg in shape. I kept thinking ab about what this woman was going through and tried to track it in my real life and, other than ea eating humans — which is make b believe at the end of the day—day — it was really awesome f for my real life. IwasI was so h hungry when we start started because I was tr trying to lose 9kg. IwI was 65kg when we started and I wanted to end a at 56 so in order to do that you haveh to eat sens sensibly. Sheila is eati eating humans an and if you were on an allpro protein diet you w would thin out. T There’s just no que question about it. So it gave me a goal lin line.
Sheila’s marriage seems ro rock solid on the show. We’re a showashow about how you make thing things work and I love that Victor was like ‘I don’t want to sees a couple fighting’, and IwI was like ‘neither do I’. I li like seeing that people can become a team through adversity.a I liked this fam family. Family is everything to me on my radar and daily life. And I also just need to laugh, but I don’t wantwan empty laughs. I want comedy that comes out of an emotional thin thing.”
WATCH THE SANTSANTA CLARITA DIET, NETFLIX
“It took me out of my own world that wasn’t super pleasant at the time”
BARRYMORE ON READING THE SCRIPT