Drew Barrymore Is Being Praised For Interview With Brooke Shields About Childhood Fame and #MeToo

Drew Barrymore and Brooke Shields

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Since 2020, actor Drew Barrymore has thrived as the host of her eponymous daytime talk show. One of her greatest strengths is her ability to be vulnerable with her guests and discuss uncomfortable topics. This is exemplified in a recent interview with actor Brooke Shields. Shields went on the show to promote the release of her new documentary series Pretty Baby, which details the actor as she “becomes a woman who discovers her power after being a sexualized young girl.”

Barrymore and Shields were both child actors who never had anonymity before fame. In the conversation on Barrymore’s show, they sit closer to one another—Barrymore sitting cross-legged on the couch—and have a raw, honest conversation about their shared experiences in the entertainment industry as young girls.

The part of the interview that has gained the most attention online is their discussion of the Me Too movement that began in 2017. Barrymore asked Shields if she found that her experiences in childhood impacted how she felt about it.

“This is gonna seem like a very weird turn,” Barrymore said. “But how did you feel about the Me Too movement, in the sense of, I didn't feel like I had a dog in that race. I didn't feel like I could speak to it, because I experienced things that were so inappropriate at such a young age…We were children. How did that movement affect you? Did you feel like you could speak to it?”

Shields understood, noting that she had trouble interpreting her own experiences. “I was made to feel culpable, but at the same time you victim-shame yourself,” Shields said. “We were so young and it was so ‘appropriate.’ I couldn’t feel sorry. I didn't even know. I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t know.”

“I felt like I couldn't speak to the movement,” Barrymore added, “and I was so happy that it was happening, but I felt like I experienced too many things that were so gray and so awkward and I didn't know were wrong at the time.”

It’s a raw, and at times emotional, exchange that has resonated with many; the challenging subject matter and the nuanced conversation are applicable to those who exist outside of the spotlight. It can speak to anyone who is processing inappropriate behavior or trauma. Because, as Shields said in the interview, “We're all people just trying to get through life.”

Scroll down to watch the clip and a longer cut of the conversation.

An interview between Drew Barrymore and Brooke Shields is being praised for its raw and honest conversation about the Me Too movement and their complicated feelings about it.

Although the conversation took place between two actors, it resonated with those outside of the spotlight.

People were awestruck by Barrymore's interviewing skills and her ability to connect with her guests.

It's part of a longer conversation between the two women as they reflect on their complicated (and famous) childhoods.

For more about Brooke Shields, watch her documentary series Pretty Baby, now on Hulu. Watch the trailer below:

h/t: [BuzzFeed]

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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