DREW BAR­RY­MORE WOKE THE DEAD

Your sum­mer Net­flix binge is bloody em­pow­er­ing.

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Is it pos­si­ble to make Drew Bar­ry­more un­lik­able? Even when she’s mur­der­ing her neigh­bour, feast­ing on his flesh and bury­ing the ev­i­dence in her back­yard, you still kind of maybe want to be her best friend. Case in point: Net­flix’s se­ries Santa Clarita Diet, which is now in its sec­ond sea­son. Bar­ry­more’s char­ac­ter, Sheila Ham­mond, is a sub­ur­ban real es­tate agent who snacks on hu­mans—you know, like a can­ni­bal. “I am not a can­ni­bal!” as­serts Bar­ry­more, ob­vi­ously of­fended by the la­bel. “I’m a zom­bie. It’s very dif­fer­ent. Can­ni­bals kill by choice be­cause they’re ass­holes, and zom­bies kill be­cause they can’t help it.” Plus, if Bar­ry­more—who has been a pro­ducer since 1999’s Never Been Kissed—is in­volved, you know there’s go­ing to be a coun­ter­in­tu­itive, unas­sum­ing fem­i­nist an­gle, since unas­sum­ing fem­i­nism is kind of Bar­ry­more’s MO. And there is, be­cause zom­bies can be an em­pow­er­ing on­screen force, es­pe­cially when they’re women. Zom­bies live in their id: They say what they want to say, they do what they want to do and they live their eter­nal, su­per­nat­u­ral ex­is­tence un­apolo­get­i­cally un­fil­tered. In a twisted, weird and to­tally won­der­ful way, Sheila is made bet­ter by her un­dead­ness: “I find her in­cred­i­bly em­pow­er­ing,” says Bar­ry­more. “I al­ways say ‘She woke me up.’”

Although, in this sit­u­a­tion, woke isn’t nec­es­sar­ily a good thing: “I had to walk away from a sit­u­a­tion this week­end,” she says. “I was go­ing to Sheila-out on this guy. It was just a guy in a movie the­atre—no­body big in my life. He said I was late to the movie and he wouldn’t let me in. I had fan­tasies of leap­ing across the table, grab­bing him by the lapels and eat­ing his face off,” she says with warm eyes and an af­fec­tion­ate smile. “But that isn’t the right thing to do—ob­vi­ously.”

Only it is when our best friend Drew does it.

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