Category: Career

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.”

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.

With new book, Drew Barrymore ‘feeling the most grown-up that I have ever felt’

“Hold on one second,” Drew Barrymore says for the first of several times.

You hold, and listen to a small voice whimpering in the background, then to Barrymore – her voice so familiar, from as far back as 1982’s “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” to as recently as a “Today” show appearance last month – singing.

“Baby, you,” she sings to her 18-month-old daughter, Frankie. “I got what you need.”

Another moment.

“OK,” Barrymore says, after everything and everyone has seemingly settled down.

It’s a theme now for Barrymore, after a life seemingly lived on impulse. Partying as a child, rehab at an early age, posing for Playboy, two marriages that each lasted about a year. She even flashed David Letterman on national TV.

Now, at 40, Barrymore is married to art consultant Will Kopelman and is the mother of two daughters, Olive, 3, and Frankie, 18 months.

Last month, she released “Wildflower,” a collection of autobiographical essays. Barrymore started to write after she scaled back her acting and work with her production company, Flower Films, to spend time with her daughters.

Work was “a bad man trying to take me away from my kids,” she told me. But writing, well, she could do that anytime_and the time felt right.

“It felt like a good midpoint, if I may be so lucky,” Barrymore said of writing the book. “I am definitely feeling the most grown-up that I have ever felt, incredibly content with my kids.

“It doesn’t mean that I am perfectly calm and knowledgeable,” she added. “I still feel birdbrained, trying to figure things out. But that quest to find things was gone.”

She landed on the idea of writing little stories; a fun format that she could manage in just two or three hours a day.

“I could think of a story, really focus on it, paint a picture of it,” she said. “I always wanted to write, and so I think that was the first big intention. To write in an unchronological, shuffled deck of cards. I didn’t want to write a memoir. I wanted it to be emotional.”

The stories are heartfelt and funny, written simply and honestly. There are no big revelations that aren’t already known: Her single mother, Jaid, raised her Bohemian-style in West Hollywood, where Jaid studied under acting icon Lee Strasberg, and brought her daughter to class. Over time, Strasberg’s wife, Anna, became Barrymore’s godmother.

Jaid also took her daughter on auditions, and at 6 she was cast by Steven Spielberg in “E.T.” The director is her godfather_and acts the part. In an essay titled “The Blue Angel,” Barrymore writes that when she posed for Playboy, Spielberg sent her a copy of the magazine doctored to look like she was wearing ’50s-style dresses, along with a quilt and a note that read “Cover up.”

And when Barrymore had her first daughter, Spielberg’s wife, Kate Capshaw, sent her a pink leather journal, with a note encouraging her to write every day. She does.

Barrymore’s father, John, was a barefoot mess who drifted in and out of her life before she finally found herself sitting beside his deathbed. Her mother isn’t part of her life, but Barrymore supports her, just as she did when she was a child.

She didn’t hesitate to share anything about her background, or her family.

“If anything, there are probably worse messages out there about them,” she said. “I thought this was more intimate and flattering and nice.”

She didn’t write anything about ex-boyfriends “or too much about my past,” she said. “This was the in-between moments and silly moments and surprising moments and those that influenced me more than I realized at the time.”

If anything, she said, she is more private than ever.

“I feel very old-fashioned about the way we put ourselves out there, and that goes for everyone,” she said, fretting about the effect social media will have on young people.

“I am raising two daughters, and it is a very tricky time. And so I thought, ‘Oh, my God, this book is going to be archaic and old-fashioned,’ and I was nervous about talking to the media.

“But I think it’s a nice respite from that kinetic energy. I was writing a love letter to my children.”

Earlier that day, she had gotten away to a kickboxing class, “and I got completely beat up by the instructor and it was super fun. Me and other middle-aged women with instructors asking them to play this part because it gets the job done.”

She is excited to do a book tour, something different from the usual movie junkets. Real people, real questions.

“I am going to do a reading at each one,” she said. “A little piece of the book, and they can hear my voice and the tone and everything.”

She isn’t sure who will come out to see and hear her, however.

“It will probably be a couple of weirdos and a folding table,” she laughed. “And me there with a Sharpie.”

(Source)

Motherhood Isn’t Easy

US Today shares this video interview where Drew talks about how it is about balancing her family life and being a mom.

Drew Barrymore Says Relationship With Husband Will Kopelman ‘Was Never Really Love at First Sight’

Entertainment Tonight shared some excerpts from her InStyle interview. She talks about her husband Will and her new book Wildflower.

Love usually doesn’t happen like it does in fairy tales.

Drew Barrymore opened up about her husband, Will Kopelman, for InStyle magazine’s November issue recently, where the 40-year-old revealed that she didn’t realize he was “the one” right away.

“It was never really love at first sight,” Barrymore admitted. “Will struck a lot of my pragmatic sides. He was someone who was always reachable on the phone, someone who was a classy human being, someone who had this incredible blueprint of a family that I don’t have.”

“At the same time, what I love about him is that he embodies the power of choice,” she continued. “He chooses to be a good person every day.”

Barrymore, who married Kopelman in June 2012, also revealed their struggles saying, ”We’ve made many compromises and concessions, but when it comes to how we deliver likes and dislikes, we’re polar opposites. It’s still really hard.”

On the subject of love, the actress’ new memoir, Wildflower, intentionally avoids talking about Barrymore’s past relationships. She says this is out of respect for her and Kopelman’s daughters, 3-year-old Olive and 1-year-old Frankie.

“I felt it was inappropriate to discuss relationships and encounters I have had with another person,” Barrymore said. “I consciously chose not to include those. I want this book to be a love letter to my daughters, Frankie and Olive. They don’t need to know about my sex life.”

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.

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.

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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