THE PER­FECT BLEND

Drew Bar­ry­more and Adam San­dler are a for­mi­da­ble team

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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

Wed­ding Singer.

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.

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