drew bar­ry­more: our ex­clu­sive in­ter­view

Look meets Drew to dis­cuss all things zom­bie, sex scenes & work/life bal­ance

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I didn’t want to go back to films but I loved this script

Look has in­ter­viewed a mil­lion celebri­ties. Jen­nifer Anis­ton? Amaz­ing. Kylie Jen­ner? Er, in­ter­est­ing. But we’ve been wait­ing to in­ter­view Drew Bar­ry­more for­ever. We can’t quite put our fin­ger on what it is about Drew. Maybe it’s that she played the char­ac­ters we most re­lated to or wanted to be as teens; awk­ward Josie Grossie in 1999’s Never Been Kissed; sassy, acer­bic Dy­lan in Char­lie’s An­gels; Casey who an­swers the phone in Scream (to­tally us). Or maybe it’s the fact that Drew’s been an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on most of her films and shows. So we’re fi­nally meet­ing her in Ber­lin in sub-zero tem­per­a­tures and not even the dull ache of a hang­over can change our ex­citable mood. The pre­vi­ous night we at­tended the red car­pet screen­ing for her Net­flix show Santa Clarita Diet and caught our first glimpse of the 41-year-old ac­tress – just so you know, in real life she has the glossi­est, most A-list hair we’ve ever seen. As she en­ters the room, she’s com­pletely charm­ing and sur­pris­ingly up­beat – no mean feat when she’s vis­ited three coun­tries in the last 24 hours. In her new show, Drew plays Sheila, es­tate agent and wife of Joel (played by Jus­ti­fied’s Ti­mothy Olyphant), who some­how ac­ci­den­tally turns into a zom­bie. Funny and gross (it’s been coined a ‘zom-com’), the show is def­i­nitely a grower, with some un­ex­pect­edly gory, bloody mo­ments that Drew loved film­ing. ‘I was like: “I just wanna go for it,”’ she re­veals. ‘I re­ally en­joyed jump­ing on peo­ple and eat­ing body parts and get­ting cov­ered in vomit and blood. I en­joyed the weird stuff – it made it in­ter­est­ing.’ It’s a big deal, not least be­cause Drew has been sit­ting be­hind the cam­era for the ma­jor­ity of her re­cent pro­jects. She was an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on 2016’s How To Be Sin­gle and di­rected rollerderby flick Whip It in 2010, which she ad­mits she’s ‘in­tensely proud of ’. ‘I re­ally stopped work­ing,’ she tells us, in­stead fo­cus­ing on her TV com­pany and writ­ing (in 2015 she re­leased her sec­ond mem­oir Wild­flower). ‘I want to show my daugh­ters [Olive, four, and Frankie, two] how pos­i­tive and im­por­tant and nec­es­sary work­ing is, but film hours are so hard. It was like an ob­vi­ous non-sac­ri­fice for me to put that on the back burner so I could be at home with them. I didn’t want to go back to films but I read this script and was like: ‘F**k, I like this!’ she laughs.

The show fea­tures some sex­ual mo­ments, in­clud­ing sev­eral cringein­duc­ing love-mak­ing ref­er­ences that could shock a few view­ers. Was it ever un­com­fort­able to think her kids might watch this? ‘Oh, they’ll see way worse! I’m proud of it. I was re­ally shy at first and I felt re­ally un­com­fort­able. The only per­son I’ve had to kiss [on screen] since hav­ing kids was Adam San­dler, who’s a good friend, so yeah I felt very vul­ner­a­ble at first, es­pe­cially as I was 144lb. I hadn’t had a good year.’

Drew’s re­fer­ring to the time of film­ing, which was dur­ing the fallout from her split from her third hus­band, direc­tor Will Kopel­man. At the time she called it ‘shame­ful’ and ‘hard to go through’. To­day, she only briefly touches on it, ad­mit­ting she was ‘in a very tough place’.

How­ever, see­ing a nor­mal, healthy wo­man on screen is some­thing Look’s pleased about. It shouldn’t feel so re­fresh­ing, but it does. ‘That was where I was at in my life,’ she ad­mits. ‘But I was like: “Wouldn’t my char­ac­ter be great if she took a bite out of, you know, the op­por­tu­nity of what this is do­ing to her phys­i­cally?” And so by the end my char­ac­ter feels good and I felt good.’

Watch­ing the show, we note a huge sim­i­lar­ity between Sheila and one of Drew’s other char­ac­ters, Never Been Kissed’s Josie. When we tell her this, she lights up. ‘Josie, yes!’ she beams. ‘I love her, I love her so much.’ When we ask about a Never Been Kissed se­quel (se­ri­ously, some­one needs to make this hap­pen), it’s a no. Boo. But there could be an­other series of Santa Clarita Diet which Drew’s keen on, as well as po­ten­tially more work be­hind the cam­era.

‘I would love to di­rect again, very much,’ she ad­mits. ‘Whip It was crazy too. I had to learn to roller skate, di­rect and act in it. It was great but it’s such an all-in job. Un­til my kids are older, I don’t know how to do it. I’m such a mom – I take them to their gym class and I wake up with them and cook them break­fast, you know. When they’re like: “Mom, leave me alone,” when they’re teenagers, then I’ll be more proac­tive.’

And with that, our short time’s up and we just have a few sec­onds left to em­bar­rass our­selves even fur­ther by blurt­ing out: ‘You have great hair!’

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