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Toni Collette & Drew Barrymore Will Make You Weep (& Giggle)

Refinery 29 did this great article talking about Drew’s new film Miss You Already!

Toni Collette really wanted Drew Barrymore to be her best friend — in a movie, that is. And she got her wish: In Miss You Already, out November 6, the two play longtime pals. Milly (Collette) is undergoing cancer treatment when Jess (Barrymore) learns she is pregnant.

Collette wrote to Barrymore “begging” her to be in the film. Why Barrymore? “She’s the ultimate girls’ girl,” Collette explains during a recent interview in New York, as her co-star sits beside her. “She’s so vocal about all things female. She’s strong and grounded and emanates an amazing warmth. And if you’re thinking about, oh, who would I like to play my best friend? It’s kind of a no-brainer.”

Collette’s powers of persuasion worked. “I picked up the family and moved over to London and I showed up and just said, ‘I am here. I want to be with you, I want to support you, I want to be your backbone, I want to challenge you, push you when you need it,'” says Barrymore, who is an editor-at-large for Refinery29. “I think we showed up with a lot of conviction to really have each others’ backs. We just started laughing and had a blast from there on out.”

Despite the trauma inherent in the film’s premise, Milly and Jess’ relationship is defined by the fun they have had together over the years. In one climatic moment, they flee an uncomfortable party in a taxi cab and head for the moors made famous by Wuthering Heights, a book they’ve adored since childhood. Barrymore and Collette just did a lot of “eating and drinking” for off-set bonding. “Which in itself can be wild,” Collette adds.

But wait, you’re thinking, won’t this movie about cancer and female friendship make me weep uncontrollably? Chances are it probably will. New York magazine declared that the movie was “built to make women cry,” comparing it to Beaches and Steel Magnolias.

When we mention the likelihood of sobbing, Collette asks, “But didn’t this movie make you laugh as well? People are forgetting to mention that. It makes you feel many things. It’s not just sadness. It’s ultimately very uplifting and such a celebration of life, and the strength of the love that these two women have for each other is such a positive thing. So I’d hate for the film to just be known as a weepy chick flick because it’s so much more than that.”

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Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette tear up talking ‘Miss You Already’

Go ahead and grab a hanky now — and hang onto it!

If 1988’s “Beaches” brought a tear to your eye, get ready for a new female friendship flick that’s sure to get the waterworks going again.

Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette stopped by TODAY Wednesday to talk about their film “Miss You Already,” which focuses on their on-screen BFF bond and how a serious illness for one impacts them both.

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Drew Barrymore on Meeting Toni Collette Before Filming Miss You Already

Drew talked with People.com about meeting Toni and about filming together on Miss You Already.

When two actresses meet each other for the first time before filming, there’s no way to predict what the chemistry will be like.

But in Miss You Already, a story about the complexity of female friendship, chemistry was the most important factor for the film. Luckily for Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette, they hit it off right away.

“We unzipped and jumped right in,” Barrymore, 40, tells PEOPLE at the Toronto International Film Festival. “We really got along and we liked each other. We had the electric connection and you can’t fake it. You hope for it, but you don’t know what it’s going to be like when you show up.

Collette, 42, noted that the two women had mutual friends but that they had never really gotten to know each other before taking on the roles. As soon as they began working, though, forming a friendship was “instant and easy,” she said.

Miss You Already tells the story of two lifelong best friends at different crossroads in their lives. Their friendship is put to the test when one starts a family and the other is diagnosed with cancer.

“This [story] is such a celebration of life,” Barrymore says. “You’re not always perfect and weepy. You’re selfish and you’re angry and it’s humorous and you make each other laugh – you’re connected, you’re distant. Lifelong friendship takes so many extraordinary things – it’s birth, it’s death, and that’s what’s all in this film somehow in the most unheavy-handed way.”

Miss You Already made its debut at the film festival on Saturday. It will hit theaters everywhere on Nov. 6.

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Toronto: Toni Collette Talks About Swapping Roles With Drew Barrymore in ‘Miss You Already’

The actress recalls advice she received from a friend: “Why don’t you play the hot mess?”

For much of the time that director Catherine Hardwicke‘s new indie “Miss You Already” was in development, Toni Collette was attached to play the role that eventually went to Drew Barrymore.

As the Australian actress recalled in an interview with TheWrap’s Steve Pond at the Toronto Film Festival, she got some telling advice from a friend: “You have to stop playing these kind of grounded, supporting roles. Why don’t you play the hot mess?”

In the film, Barrymore and Collette play childhood best friends whose relationship hits a rough patch when Barrymore’s character struggles to have a baby and Collette’s learns she has breast cancer.

The film, from a script by Morwenna Banks, also stars Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine and Jacqueline Bisset.
Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate are releasing the film domestically on Nov. 6.

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Drew Barrymore due down under for premiere of Miss You Already

JUST weeks after her best friend Cameron Diaz touched down in Australia, Hollywood’s darling, Drew Barrymore is set to do the same for the premiere of her latest film Miss You Already.

Barrymore, who stars in the emotional comedy-drama with Aussie actor Toni Collette, is expected to arrive here ahead of the September 30 screening.

Barrymore, 40, and Collette, 42, will walk the red carpet at the Sydney State Theatre to not only promote the film, but to help fund research for the National Breast Cancer Foundation in partnership with Entertainment One Films.

The film, directed by Catherine Hardwicke from a screenplay by Morwenna Banks, follows two best friends as they navigate the highs and lows of life and a shocking cancer diagnosis.

The visit will be Barrymore’s first official outing since the birth of her second child, Frankie.

The mother of two has previously said she struggled to return to work because she was so satisfied with life as a mother and wife.

“I didn’t think I could go back to work honestly. I didn’t want to be away from my kids and it just wasn’t the priority.”

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Miss You Already Trailer

MISS YOU ALREADY is an honest and powerful story following two best friends, Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore), as they navigate life’s highs and lows. Inseparable since they were young girls, they can’t remember a time they didn’t share everything –secrets, clothes, even boyfriends — but nothing prepares them for the day Milly is hit with life-altering news. A story for every modern woman, MISS YOU ALREADY celebrates the bond of true friendship that ultimately can never be broken, even in life’s toughest moments.

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Drew Barrymore’s ‘Miss You Already’ Gets November Release

Variety shares the good news that Miss You Already is going to be released in just over two months!

Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate have given an awards season release of Nov. 6 to dramedy “Miss You Already,” starring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette.

“Miss You Already,” which will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month, is directed by Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”) from a script by Morwenna Banks. Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine, Frances de la Tour and Jacqueline Bisset also star.

Collette and Barrymore portray women who have been best friends their whole lives and Cooper and Considine play their husbands. Bisset portrays the mother of Collette’s character.

The women’s relationship hits a rough patch when Barrymore’s character struggles to have a much longed-for baby and Collette’s character finds out she has breast cancer.

The film is produced by Christopher Simon and executive produced by Jerome Booth, Nicki Hattingh, Sheryl Crown, Anne Sheehan, Samantha Horley, James Norrie, Barnaby Southcombe, Lisa Lambert, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler, Hardwicke, Banks and Paul Andrew Williams.

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