Drew News: Netflix Panel

Earlier today, Drew, Timothy Olyphant, and Santa Clarita Diet creator Victor Fresco participated in a Netflix press event.

photo courtesy of Drew Barrymore Brasil

Deadline reports:

“I was in a low point in my life and I read the script and it made me laugh,” she said, adding to several references to her own troubled times. “I wanted to do the show, having been trained in that 70s and 80s time of story telling.” She prefers stories grounded in home and family, she said, adding “I’ve never been to space,” (though she had a famous friend who had been). “This was about a marriage and I loved Victor’s theme about behavioral conflicts.”

“I think this woman is going through an awakening,” Barrymore said later in the panel. “A woman finding that when your life really does fall apart, don’t pitch everything. You find these new roads. It was a total metaphor for my life. Sheila is not me and I’m not Sheila, but this took me out of my sh!t and made me a happier person. I want comedy that comes out of an emotional thing.”

People also filled us in some details from the panel:

“I really was excited about playing a woman who was becoming empowered, losing weight, pulling her shit together. Finding that when your life really does fall apart, you don’t ditch everything in it,” Barrymore said. “You have to become you and take all the wonderful things in it and just find these new roads. And for me, it was a total metaphor for my life. I felt really lucky. And I hadn’t been working for years. “

But Barrymore admitted that the best thing about the show was it’s perfect timing after she had spent a few years off the screen. “I was a mom who was raising her kids and I stepped aside and put everything on the back burner,” she said. “I did like two movies in eight years, I just wasn’t participating in a lot of aspects so this to me was such a lucky fortunate thing.”

She added, “Timing is everything; it’s the next tattoo I want to get. This took me out of my shit and made me a happier person.”

The entire discussion is available to watch now on Netflix’s YouTube channel:

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