Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler first met at a party in the mid-1990s and immediately clicked. Now, the long-time friends reunite for another romantic comedy, Blended.
The first time Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore worked together was in the 1998 movie The Wedding Singer. Six years later, they played another likeable couple in 50 First Dates.
It took them another 10 years to find their third project – Blended, which opens in cinemas today.
Blended revolves around Barrymore and Sandler’s characters – Lauren and Jim, single parents doing their best with their respective children. The film starts with Lauren and Jim on a blind date – a very disastrous date that couldn’t end soon enough.
Their story, however, doesn’t end there. Somehow, they end up going to South Africa for a holiday. Needless to say, there are a lot of mishaps – wild animals in the Safari (the cast and crew spent eight weeks on location) and out-of-control children (played by Bella Thorne, Braxton Beckham, Alyvia Alyn Lind and Kyle Red Silverstein).
But somewhere in that noise-filled misadventure, the two start to fall in love.
In a transcript provided by Warner Bros Pictures, Barrymore and Sandler give an insight on their friendship and making movies together.
Adam and Drew, you have made three films across 16 years. What do you think is the secret to your unique chemistry, and how has it evolved over the years?
Adam Sandler: What do you think?
Drew Barrymore: I would sum it up with respect.
AS: That’s right.
DB: If you respect somebody, you can make it in love or in lust or happiness or sadness or humour, but, for me, it all stems from respect. I’ve always respected Adam. I love him.
He makes us laugh in the world. Aside from what we do together, I was so in love with the things he’s done – from Saturday Night Live to Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison, everything. He is so amazing, and I just love and appreciate him.
AS: You better print all of that, too (laughs).
DB: He has such a gift. But then, just when it comes to down to that one-on-one, with just us two, alone on a playing field doing our thing, it’s total respect. And it’s giddy. Giddy respect, done.
AS: Yep. Thank you.
Adam, what about your thoughts on the same question?
AS: I love Drew. I’ve known her a long time. In all three movies, we have the pleasure of falling in love, and for the first two I faked it, but on this one I really did. Would you marry me?
DB: You fake it good.
AS: Thank you. My pleasure.
With The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates and now Blended, we see a progression of your characters – from young people to single parents with children. Can you talk about that progression? And can we imagine a movie like On Golden Pond in your future? Also, do you stay in touch between films?
DB: On Golden Pond was filmed on Lake Winnipesaukee.
AS: That’s right. We love that lake. Yeah, I could see doing something like that. That would be great – an On Golden Pond kind of movie, but maybe with a
few more jokes in there (laughs).
In terms of the progression, we’ve both had new things going on in our lives, from The Wedding Singer to 50 First Dates to now. We both have families, but we’ve always stayed in touch.
We’ve always been good friends, and check in on each other as much as possible. And no matter what’s going on, I’m always pulling for Drew and I feel the same about her whenever I’m doing something. I know she’s pulling for me and we just have a nice friendship.
DB: Yeah, and then every eight years I call you up and say, ‘We need to meet for lunch.’ And then I say, ‘It’s time.’
AS: And this time, Mike Karz found a script that was good for us.
Now that you’re both parents, have you made any new discoveries in working together?
DB: Adam’s a good, patient, loving, awesome parent, much like your character in the movie, so that’s what I’ve taken away from it.
AS: You too. You’re all about your kids. I know that. — Interview transcript from Warner Bros Pictures
- Blended opens in cinemas nationwide today.