Drew Barrymore on Building Talk Show, plans Britney Spears interview

Drew Barrymore is at a crossroads.

No, not figuratively; in her life and career, the actress-turned-director-turned-talk show host has never been more confident in her path. But literally speaking, she’s kind of stuck.

On a Tuesday evening in April, the Variety The Power of Women winner arrived at a photo studio in Chelsea, only to find a broken lift. This poses a problem because Barrymore injured her ankle, making the five-story climb more perilous than necessary.

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The host of publicists and assistants who surround the actor are debating what to do: reschedule the shoot? Take her upstairs? Nevermind. Barrymore takes matters into her own hands, choosing to climb the stairs alone – although a member of her team helps her up the final steps.

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Since launching her daytime talk show “The Drew Barrymore Show” amid a pandemic, she’s become a pro at adapting on the fly. As the show prepares for Season 3, Barrymore doesn’t want to be complacent. After all, history has shown that not all stars are destined to succeed on daytime television. Kris Jenner, Anderson Cooper and Katie Couric are among the bold names who have tried and failed to host their own gabfests. Part of what makes Barrymore different is that she understands that young people are more likely to watch segments of her show on TikTok than on TV.

“Broadcast television is not how an entire generation absorbs its content,” says Barrymore. “We try not to be naive.”

Barrymore has had a seat on the couch for changing form as a regular on the talk show circuit for the better part of the past four decades. She appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson at age 7 to promote “ET” and instead infamously flashed David Letterman on “The Late Show” in her twenties. Now that she’s the one with the mic, she has a new appreciation for what goes into running the show.

“I learned to listen better. At first, I talked to people too much, which bothered me,” she says. “There’s an art to understanding how to navigate a conversation – and when to stop talking.”

Despite being famous all her life, Barrymore remains relatable. On a recent episode, she opened up about Britney Spears after the pop icon posted a photo of Barrymore and Kate Hudson, calling them “by far the two most beautiful people I’ve ever seen in my life.” life”.

Barrymore hasn’t asked Spears to appear on “The Drew Barrymore Show,” but eventually hopes to foster a “heart-to-heart” interview with the singer, who has just been released from her conservatorship. Barrymore had his own tumultuous upbringing, involving stints in rehab as a teenager and legally emancipating himself from his parents.

“We can have a unique conversation,” she says. “There aren’t a ton of us who publicly lost our freedom, broke down in front of everyone, became punchlines and fought our way back.”

She also uses her fame for good. She works to promote celebrity chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen, which provides meals to people affected by natural disasters. “I really like that José Andrés says: ‘It’s not tomorrow that you have to help people, it’s today’”, she says.

Barrymore doesn’t pretend to have it all together, and she’s comfortable being an “open book” on her show. “Am I going to come out and be radically different from myself? It would be fooling my kids — to be this perfect, polite, past-less person… who never thinks of a date and doesn’t want to talk about love,” she says.

A cute star of “Never Been Kissed,” “50 First Dates” and “Music and Lyrics,” Barrymore is no stranger to Hollywood’s version of Happily Ever After. So she was thrilled to see the genre experiencing a resurgence on the big screen with Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum’s “The Lost City.”

“There’s something timeless about romantic comedies,” she says. “There will always be room for it because it’s ambitious.”

Don’t expect to see Barrymore as the leading lady in all new films. She took a step back from acting to focus on raising her two daughters as her daytime career takes off. When they are older, she says, she would be interested in returning to directing for film or television.

“I don’t want to be anybody else right now,” Barrymore says. “I find my own stuff.”


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