Drew Barrymore regrets his time working with Woody Allen years ago.
The actress, who entered the talk show arena in 2020, revealed on “The Drew Barrymore Show” Monday that she was “overwhelmed” working with the Oscar winner, now 85.
She made the revelation to her guest Dylan Farrow, adopted daughter of the disgraced director.
“I worked with Woody Allen. I made a movie with him in 1996 called ‘Everybody Says I Love You’ and there was no better business card than working with Woody Allen, ”Barrymore remembers to Dylan, 35. .
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Barrymore said she regretted years later when she became a mother.
“Then I had kids, and it changed me because I realized that I was one of the people who didn’t watch a story beyond what I was told. And I see what’s going on in the industry now and it’s because you made that brave choice. So thank you for that, ”she said.
Barrymore was referring to Dylan’s claims that Allen assaulted her as a child. The allegations and family division were explored in the HBO documentary series “Allen v. Farrow, ”published earlier this year. Dylan’s mother, Mia Farrow, 76, and brother Ronan Farrow, 33, were also featured in the series.
Allen denied the allegations for almost 30 years and Mia refused to press charges at the time.
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“I’m trying not to cry right now,” Dylan replied to Barrymore. “It’s so meaningful because it’s so easy for me to say, ‘Of course you shouldn’t be working with him. He’s a jerk. It’s a monster. I just find it incredibly brave and incredibly generous that you tell me that my story and what I’ve been through was important enough to reconsider. ”
Dylan pointed out that his family had been contacted by the producers to participate in the series. She said she was surprised to learn that some of her siblings signed up to participate publicly because “we didn’t want to talk about it among ourselves.”
“In terms of similar family reunions, not really,” she said of the process. “There was communication. Interestingly, the documentary led to more communication between us as a result. “
She also confirmed that she did not watch the series with her mother, but this was not possible due to the fact that she was in “separate quarantine pods” amid the ongoing pandemic. .
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“I kind of heard it all from her after the fact,” she says. “It was a very strange road that we walked separately and together. It’s definitely changed a lot in the way my mom and I interact with each other and interact with each other. There is just a very renewed level of respect from woman to woman.
In the first episode, Dylan doesn’t go into detail about the abuse she claims she suffered under her adoptive father as a child. However, she reiterates the claims she had previously made in a Open Letter 2014 published by the New York Times. According to Yahoo Entertainment, she claims that Allen would relentlessly pursue her when he was at their apartment, allegedly persuading her into inappropriate situations.
“I remember going to bed with him. He was in his underwear, and I’m in his underwear, cuddling, ”she said. “I remember his breath on me. He just wrapped his body around me, very intimately.
After adopting Dylan, Mia and Allen conceived Ronan. Soon after, Dylan says the abuse started. Mia alleges that she too noticed a change in Allen’s approach to children at this time.
After the first episode of the four-part series, Allen and Soon-Yi released a statement to Fox News further denying the allegations against him and questioning the legitimacy of the HBO project.
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“These documentary filmmakers had no interest in the truth. Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to put together a hatchet job riddled with lies, ”the statement said. “Woody and Soon-Yi were approached less than two months ago and have only had a few days to respond. Of course, they refused to do so. “
The statement continues: “As has been known for decades, these claims are categorically false. Several agencies then investigated them and found that, whatever Dylan Farrow might have been led to believe, no abuse had ever taken place. Sadly, it’s no surprise that the network that airs is HBO – which has an ongoing production deal and business relationship with Ronan Farrow. While this shoddy hit piece may grab attention, it doesn’t change the facts. “
After the premiere of the first episode, Ronan supported his sister by sharing a photo of the two together. on Instagram with the caption, “Proud of my sister. ”
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Allen would end up marrying Soon-Yi, noting in his 2020 book “Apropos of Nothing” that he understands why the relationship angered his ex but claims he have no regrets about his relationship with the woman who is 35 years his junior.
Fox News’s Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.