Drew Barrymore Show stops in Chicago


In the 1999 comedy Never been kissed, ”Drew Barrymore played the insecure Chicago-Sun Times editor-in-chief Josie“ Grossie ”Geller. Much has changed since Josie rode the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier with her sweetheart, but Barrymore said she was still linked to the film’s themes of vulnerability and risk.

“I am always looking for the common thread between human beings,” said the Golden Globe winner, “For me, [Josie] was a perfect comedic outlet and a symbol for me to say, “We all feel like this on the inside, man, we all do it.” “

Last year Barrymore relaunched Josie for her daytime talk show, “The Drew Barrymore Show”. Wearing the iconic pink satin ball gown from the film, Josie reported on the presidential election for the “Drew’s News” segment of the show. Barrymore said Josie looked like the ‘goof’ and comedic relief she wanted the talk show to provide during the pandemic.

Drew Barrymore is reprising his role as Josie Geller from “Never Been Kissed” for a special edition of “Drew’s News”, a segment of his daytime talk show.
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Barrymore returned to Chicago last weekend to film segments of “The Drew Barrymore Show,” which airs at 9 a.m. on weekdays on WBBM-Channel 2.

“I am delighted to come back here and feel that I can still be a storyteller. Barrymore told the Sun-Times. “I’m not here to make a movie. I’m happy to be here to do a show that can talk to other people.

In the Chicago segments, Barrymore celebrates two Chicago public school educators, tastes some of Chicago’s famous food, and hosts a “Drew’s News” segment in front of The Bean.

Amy Castaneda is one of the Chicago educators featured on the talk show. Barrymore surprised Castaneda at his school, Josefa Ortiz De Dominguez Elementary School, in Little Village. She received $ 10,000 upon registration, and the school received $ 20,000 in STEM-related educational toys from local companies Learning Resources and Hand-2-Mind.

Former students and colleagues filled the school gymnasium on a Saturday to celebrate it as Castaneda accepted the gift. “It was really a lot of love in this piece, a lot of support, just a lot of meaning behind long-term relationships,” said Castaneda, an art teacher for 24 years.

The crowded gymnasium of Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez was one of the largest in-person audiences “The Drew Barrymore Show” has had to date. The talk show was launched during the pandemic, and producers had to renovate the audience in their New York studio to include a virtual crowd. As COVID-19 restrictions changed the work environment, the show went through several iterations. Barrymore described building relationships with his producers on Zoom.

But an onset of a pandemic has also given Barrymore the license to move away from the mainstream talk show. “In 2019, I didn’t want to do an all-celebrity-based series. I was struggling with this world myself, ”Barrymore said.

Instead of focusing on famous guests, she wanted to bring in human interest stories like Castaneda’s, which was set to air in the November 23 episode. (The other teacher segment is scheduled for the show airing this Friday.)

“There is a lot of work to be done to be a functioning human being on this planet. And so I wanted to talk about a lot of these things, ”Barrymore said.

Barrymore has also made his cooking and culinary adventures the center of the show, with chefs like Rocco DiSpirito and Pilar Valdes. The trip to Chicago was no different, with Barrymore trying a hot dog from Jimmy’s Red Hots.

Barrymore said she grew up “under the rule of John Hughes” as a fan of the director’s coming-of-age films set in the suburbs of the city. Because of the movies, the California native said she felt like she already knew Chicago and the city’s dynamics before setting foot in the city.

While filming “Never Been Kissed” she experienced heartbreak in Chicago, she didn’t think she would survive. She recalled a fight with a boyfriend in her hotel room and walking around town “like a corpse” after a breakup. “Never Been Kissed” was also the first film that his production company, Flower Films, produced.

“I feel like I’m coming home to a place that has really changed my life,” Barrymore said. “I’m really happy to be here back in Chicago for the first time, to be able to really be myself and do a show that can honor everyone.”