Drew Barrymore doesn’t know Britney Spears very long, but she could not say nicer things about the singer The Tonight Show on Monday night (September 12), where she spilled the beans about Brits wedding this summer to host Jimmy Fallon.
Fallon held the now-iconic photo from the wedding of some “serious AND ladies,” where Spears is surrounded by Paris Hilton, Madonna, Selena Gomez, Barrymore and Donatella Versace. Barrymore explained that she has actually only known Spears for a year and a half when they started having some “secret exchanges”.
And while that may sound harmless, Barrymore said it was the exact opposite. “It was very connected and honest,” she said of the two child stars’ bond. “We’ve both been through a lot. We have some parallels that are unique in their circumstances,” she explained of their shared sense of growing up in the spotlight and struggling as child stars. “Everything we’ve both been through is something I felt connected to her.”
Barrymore explained that the singer’s wedding to longtime love Sam Asghari “couldn’t have been more intimate” and that the famous photo represented some of the only people invited to the affair. “There are only a few more,” she said. “It was intimate, it was fairytale-like. It was very sweet.” There was no press at the wedding, and Drew said it was exactly how Britney wanted it, down to the spontaneous photo shoot.
“I also thanked her for not having a sit-down dinner. God, I hate sit-down dinners!” Barrymore exclaimed as Fallon wondered what she was up to. “Guess what? We all dressed up! We all want to dance and we want to hang out! Now do I have to sit down? They always separate you like: ‘We force you into a new social endeavour.’ The person you came with that you want to hang out with is over there. Why did you do that?! And now let’s eat some bizarre food that you didn’t choose. And … and … and I hate it !”
Drew cut out the middleman and said right after the ceremony was the dance party and it was just as much fun as you’d imagine.
Just to be clear, but as excited and personable as she seems, Barrymore said she’s not one to reach out to people she doesn’t know just because they’re other Hollywood stars. But the actress/talk show host felt a connection to Spears’ fight to break free from a 13-year conservatory; Barrymore was emancipated at 14 after splitting with her parents. “The humanity of what she went through, in trying to get her freedom back, was something I felt compelled to reach out [about],” said Barrymore, 47, who struggled with substance abuse very early in life after shooting to childhood stardom in films such as ONE and Fire starter. She said the two found a “deep connection” and became true friends, leading to the wedding invitation.
Barrymore also stuck to playing a new game called “Focus Up,” talked about having her ex-actor Justin Long on her daytime talk show for an emotional reunion, and explained why she missed celebrating the 40th birthday of ONE with her children and Steven Spielberg.
See Barrymore on The Tonight Show below.