A former child actor turned multi-hyphenate, Barrymore’s eponymous talk show begins Monday with a “Charlie’s Angels” reunion with Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu. Barrymore’s frequent co-star Adam Sandler is also set to appear.
In keeping with the daytime tradition, Barrymore’s show will also hit the human interest angle, with segments like”Designed by Drew” and “Drew’s News.”
“I am not one person, I am not one mood, I am not one thing, I am such a mixed bag myself,” she said. “I want a show that represents all of the different things that we are interested in.”
Though her name appears front-and-center in the title, Barrymore is hesitant to take full credit for it. She said she never refers to it has “her” show because she sees it as a collective effort.
“I grew up on sets — that is the family I grew up with and those people become your families. You spend more time with them than you do your own families sometimes,” she said. “I’m never coming in jaded, I’m never coming in inexperienced, I’m coming in as a member of the team, and that’s why I’ll never call this my show. Because I don’t think I deserve to call it my show. That’s belittling of every person that puts their effort, energy and time into making this show.”
In fact, knowing the state of the world, she’s grateful to have a job period.
“It’s crazy, I’ve never felt more humble and grateful in my entire life than I do right now to be alive, to have two kids that are healthy, to be amongst this crew and this team and getting this opportunity,” she said. “I don’t know how I ended up here, but I’ll never lose sight and I never have lost sight of how lucky I am.”
She added: “I’ve lost my job. [Being] blacklisted at 12, I appreciate every job I have. I know what it’s like to lose and work for things and be so lucky and have the opportunities that I have and everything in between.”