THE PERFECT BLEND
Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler are a formidable team
EVEN by Hollywood standards, Drew Barrymore has had a lot of boyfriends, fiances and husbands. If you’re counting, the easily lovestruck starlet has been engaged five times, the first when she was 16, and married three times.
It’s an impressive record for a 39-yearold, but there’s one man who has lasted the distance – comedian Adam Sandler.
Blended, the new romantic comedy set in an African resort, marks the third time Barrymore and Sandler have starred together, with the first collaboration dating all of the way back to 1998’s The
On a recent afternoon in Beverly Hills, Barrymore and Sandler sat down for a chat and, while they may not have tied the knot or even proposed away from a film set, they sound like a married couple.
“I love Adam so much and always have,” Barrymore gushes. “We have no secrets,” Sandler offers. The union was formed when Barrymore, after watching some of Sandler’s work, became obsessed.
“I stalked him, called him and asked him to please have lunch with me,” Barrymore recalls. “I convinced him we were supposed to partner up. I’m still convinced to this day it is the best thing I’ve ever done as far as my job. He is the best partner I’ve ever had.”
Audiences and the Hollywood studios agree, with The Wedding Singer made for just $US18 million and earning more than $US123 million at the global box office. Then 2004’s 50 First Dates collected almost $US200 million.
Blended, where Barrymore and Sandler play single parents on an African vacation as a second date, could be the most profitable of all, with the film making $US29.6 million on its opening weekend in North America.
Barrymore is Lauren, a divorced closet organiser, and Sandler is Jim, a widower sporting goods salesman.
“I thought Drew was incredible,” Sandler, who has been married to model-actress Jackie Sandler for 10 years, says. “She played a divorced wife and mother with the problems and thought processes of being overwhelmed with ‘How am I going to make my family work?’ I thought in every scene she was that girl.”
Barrymore has had a crash course in knowing how to raise children.
The actress and her current husband, art consultant Will Kopelman, welcomed their first daughter, Olive, in September, 2012, and in April had another daughter, Frankie.
“Every parent feels the same way,” Barrymore says about being a mum. “It’s a 24-hour job.”
As for a fourth Barrymore-Sandler film, don’t rule it out.
“We shot the fourth one,” Sandler jokes. “It’s on my phone.” After Blended was made in Africa and
50 First Dates in Hawaii, Barrymore declares their next collaboration should be shot in Italy.
Sandler, who is fond of Italian food, isn’t so sure because of the weight he’ll stack on.
“Yeah, we’ll call it Weight Fluctuation,” he says. “I’ll start the movie at 210 (95kg) and close off at 320 (145kg).”
Blended opens in Australia on Thursday.