Actress and television host Drew Barrymore turns 48 years old today. Her career in Hollywood began when she was a child and appeared in several films, including E.T. and Firestarter. She went on to have a long and successful career, appearing in over 50 horror, romantic comedy, and drama films, notably Scream, 50 First Dates, Donnie Darko, He’s Just Not That Into You and numerous others. In 2020, Barrymore embarked on a new venture–a talk show. The Drew Barrymore Show features lifestyle segments and interviews with celebrity guests and digital creators.
Barrymore has been open about her struggles with substance abuse and mental health issues. She was a regular at clubs in Hollywood as a child and young teen, and landed in a rehabilitation center at 14. Her TV show offers an empathetic look into the lives of some of Hollywood’s up-and-coming talent, and others who have been in the business longer.
In honor of her 48th birthday today, actor Penn Badgley, who currently stars in Netflix’s You, collaborated with the production team and planned a humorously creepy surprise that paid homage to his hit show. Badgley’s character Joe Goldberg locks his victims in a glass box meant to preserve old books, and today, Barrymore was blindfolded and surprised by her own box.
— The Drew Barrymore Show (@DrewBarrymoreTV) February 21, 2023
Badgley sat down for an insightful interview with Barrymore after the surprise at the start of the show. The pair discussed their romantic journeys in the spotlight, and how Badgley really views love, given his portrayal of an obsessive lover in You.
— The Drew Barrymore Show (@DrewBarrymoreTV) February 22, 2023
The Drew Barrymore Show has rapidly become a success in the world of television, with countless interview clips going viral across social media. Barrymore offers an interesting perspective when it comes to interviewing celebrities, as she went through similar experiences to many of the guests she’s had on her show. Today, some of her guests and fellow actors share memories from the set in honor of Barrymore’s special day.
— Brooke Shields (@BrookeShields) February 22, 2023
To my friend and daytime culinary accomplice: Wishing you the happiest birthday! 🎉 I’m so grateful for all the laughs, yummy food, fun on and off camera, and our friendship above all. Thank you for all the light and positivity you put out into the world. ❤️ @DrewBarrymore pic.twitter.com/k6bJ0hEzKY
— Eitan Bernath (@EitanBernath) February 22, 2023
Barrymore’s interviews range from discussing lighthearted stories to more in-depth discussions on trauma. One clip of Machine Gun Kelly’s appearance on the show in which the pair painted each other’s nails found a vast audience on TikTok.
Kelly has been outspoken regarding his anxiety and history of addiction. As Barrymore endured similar struggles at a young age, she was able to calm his nerves and have a powerful conversation with him. To balance out the serious elements of the show, Barrymore has also hosted guests who dish about their dating lives. Jennifer Grey, famously of Dirty Dancing, revealed on the show that she was engaged to actors Matthew Broderick and Johnny Depp in the same month many years ago. Fans of the show loved seeing the two actresses talk about the details, with one commenter saying that “this is the energy that female friendships need.”
Drew and Dirty Dancing’s #JenniferGrey freak out over her previous engagements! 💍
Barrymore also hosted fellow actor and ex boyfriend Justin Long on the show. The pair shared a healing conversation about their relationship turned friendship and the films they acted in together. Much of Drew’s current work centers around healing, something that any viewer can relate to in their own way.
After years of various career ventures, Barrymore’s positive impact on viewers and her peers is more evident than ever. The Drew Barrymore Show is available to stream on Paramount+, and clips from the show are frequently posted to Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram.