Yesterday, we reported that Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman are heading for divorce. As Drew deals with some potentially difficult times ahead of her, she has one person in her life she is grateful for: Adam Sandler.
Barrymore and Sandler have starred in three hit films together, branding themselves as one of Hollywood’s most beloved onscreen couples.
Drew opened up about her friendship and working relationship with Sandler.
The 40-year-old actress said that developing fan’s affection for Barrymore-Sandler collaborations was her plan all along.
"[I thought] I want to be a modern weird Hepburn, Tracey old Hollywood couple," she told Howard Stern, retelling her intentions of when she decided to work with Sandler.
During the interview, she admitted that she met Sandler during a low point in her career. Barrymore explained that she called Sandler and asked if they could meet.
She was hoping she would be able to convince him to star in a film with her.
However, things didn’t go quite as planned.
Barrymore said that when she walked into the meeting, she quickly realized it would take some serious persuasion to get him to commit to a film.
"We looked like the worst blind date you've ever seen," she laughed. "I showed up with purple hair and a leopard coat and he was in his classic cargo pants."
"As soon as I saw him I was like 'Yeah you're going to have to see past all this,' " she joked.
It took some convincing and persuasion.
But Barrymore knew that if she spoke from the heart, she could win him over:
"I said, I really believe that you and I could get together and do something meaningful."
And it worked! Shortly after they met, Sandler and Barrymore collaborated in The Wedding Singer in 1998 and 50 First Dates in 2004. They reunited ten years later for the film Blended.
Barrymore credits Sandler for her success.
In fact, she's so serious about giving him credit that she dedicated a chapter of her book Wildflower to him. The chapter is simply titled “Adam.”
"He was hot s--- and he believed in me," she stated. "It's a little bit of a love letter to him because I have grown with this person."