It was a Never Been Kissed reunion for the month on The Drew Barrymore Show Tuesday!
Drew Barrymore gathered her former co-stars for a get-together, welcoming David Arquette (who showed up in costume!), Molly Shannon, and Michael Vartan onto her talk show. Together, they reminisced well-nigh their 1999 rom-com Never Been Kissed, which featured Barrymore as Josie, a newspaper reporter who enrolls in upper school to research a story but ends up falling for her teacher, Mr. Coulson (AKA Vartan). Spoiler alert: in the final moments of the film, the duo embrace for one of the most romantic and passionate kisses ever!
Turns out, the chemistry wasn’t just an act! Michael was feeling some time of way too — and he admitted it to Drew for the very first time on national television. LOLz!
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After the friends arrived for the Season 2 premiere episode, they decided to watch that iconic kissing scene together, which had Vartan getting into his feels. He shared:
“I’ve got to say I haven’t seen that prune in years and standing there I got emotional. This movie has been a huge part of my life. Every time I am stopped it’s always, Never Been Kissed. That’s a pretty wondrous thing to be a part of and this reunion is just wonderful.”
The Charlie’s Angels licentiate then asked if the 52-year-old had any specific memories of filming the flick together. And he did! The French-American two-face sheepishly teased:
“Yeah, there’s a story well-nigh the famous scene that very few people know well-nigh and I’m not sure I should…”
But of course, he did share the juicy behind-the-scenes deets! The Alias lead continued:
“So, I get up to the mound, we embrace and we start kissing, and you really kissed me. I mean, you really kissed me. I was not ready for it in the least and I’m a man, I was a very young man when then, and I had uh, feelings.”
OMG! Too funny! As you can imagine, the Mother-in-Law actor, who was just 29 at the time, was super worried his leading lady, or anyone on set for that matter, might reservation sight of his… well, feelings (as she so delicately put it). Well-nigh to have the most embarrassing wardrobe malfunction of his life, he decided to create a distraction, continuing:
“The feelings were, they just happened, and I very quickly realized I was in a very bad spot considering I was wearing very loose sort of like slacks and I thought, ‘This is going to be a disaster when they cut, I must preemptively end this.’ So what I did, in a panic, I just yelled cut, and wilting over and said, ‘Oh guys, sorry, my back, I put my when out playing ball.’… Anyway, I went off into my corner.”
After settling himself lanugo while thinking “horrible thoughts,” he returned and was worldly-wise to finish the scene, saying:
“Finally I was worldly-wise to etch myself, and luckily the subsequent scenes went on without a hitch. You are a very good kisser.”
There was really no need for him to be embarrassed considering the 50 First Dates performer seemed giddy while hearing the story. Could she have been hoping for that kind of reaction the whole time? Maybe. The mom of two explained she purposefully didn’t hold anything when when locking lips with her hunky co-star, laughing:
“Well thank you and, you know, you weren’t married at the time, so yeah, I went for it considering you were single and I felt like I wasn’t going to offend anybody.”
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Turns out Michael had Drew melting during that kiss too! She shared that he did something that’s “ultimate in romance in a kiss, which is when you put your hands on a woman’s face.” See her discuss that in the full prune (below)!
Can you imagine if these two had taken their obvious IRL chemistry (which, by the way, feels very much working today) off-screen?! Would U have loved that??
By the way, there’s lots increasingly Never Been Kissed content coming soon, since Barrymore has been super inspired to step when into her weft Josie’s shoes. She told ET she plans to do that by taking the fictional reporter to movie junkets to interview celebs, gushing:
“Stepping when into Josie Grossie’s shoes is so easy. I don’t think I have overly not been in her shoes. I loved this weft so much. She was so personal for me. This whole story for me was not to do flipside rom-com, it was to embody a human stuff that represents us all. How and when do we wilt OK with ourselves? That is what Never Been Kissed is all about.”
So get excited, Perezcious readers! Who knows, maybe Vartan can tag withal for some of those adventures!? As long as he can pension his cool… Thoughts?? Let us know (below).
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