Drew Barrymore is sharing her opinion of Hugh Grant’s much-talked about interview with Ashley Graham during the red carpet phase of the 95th Academy Awards last Sunday.
During their short conversation, which has since gone viral, Grant responded to most of Graham’s questions with short, blunt answers, sparking backlash from some fans.
The actress-turned-talk show host, who starred with the British actor in the romantic comedy Music And Lyrics (2007), maintained he was just being himself in the interview.
‘If you know Hugh, that is his way of loving you,’ Barrymore, 48, said in his defense during the most recent episode of The Drew Barrymore Show.
She added, ‘People are like, “Oh, he’s such a curmudgeon and she’s so thrown.” I’m like, no, that is Hugh Grant. You think you’re getting this charming movie star and what you really get is grumpy Hugh. And then you fall in love with grumpy Hugh.’
Old pals: Drew Barrymore, 48, defended Hugh Grant and his awkward interview with Ashely Graham during the red carpet portion of the 95th Academy Awards on Sunday
Barrymore reaction: In response to Grant’s short, blunt answers to Graham, which sparked backlash from some fans, Barrymore maintained the British actor was just being himself in the interview: ‘You think you’re getting this charming movie star and what you really get is grumpy Hugh. And then you fall in love with grumpy Hugh,’ she said of her former co-star
The daytime talk show host went on to say that ‘when he says that, I’m telling you, he is being absolutely funny. He doesn’t mean one negative thing about it. The person that Ashley Graham met on that carpet is the real Hugh.’
The Wedding Singer star also confessed that when she first met Grant, it took her a few moments to get used to his demeanor and behavior.
‘Probably like Ashley Graham on the carpet, like, “who am I dealing with?” And then I was like, “oh, no, I love you. I want to love you. You’re not letting me love you,”‘ Barrymore explained. ‘As I got to know him, I was like I do love you. I love you for the real you. He is a hilarious, good human being.’
Graham, herself, has also reacted to her awkward interview with the Sense And Sensibility star with a brief response to TMZ, where she appeared to take it all in stride.
‘You know what? My mama told me to kill people with kindness, so there you go,’ she told the publication.
The catwalk queen also made a point to reveal that there was no issue or bad blood between her and Grant, in the wake of the uncomfortable interview.
It turns out the only pain she felt when she left the festive event was in her feet.
‘I had so much fun. My feet hurt, though,’ she added.
The Love Actually actor, 62, appeared unimpressed with Graham’s line of questioning during their pre-show chat.
Straight off the top for ABC’s Countdown to the Oscars show, she asked the longtime leading man his favorite thing about attending the Academy Awards.
After a brief pause, Grant eventually replied, It’s fascinating … the whole of humanity is here, it’s vanity fair.’
She also asked if he was going to root for any of the nominees, for which he was brutally honest and replied: ‘No one in particular.’
Dry wit: Barrymore went on to say that Grant ‘doesn’t mean one negative thing about it. The person that Ashley Graham met on that carpet is the real Hugh’
Not impressed: The Love Actually actor, 62, appeared unimpressed with Graham’s line of questioning during their pre-show chat that was full of sparse answers
They have history: Barrymore, who starred with Grant inn the musical romantic comedy film Music And Lyrics (2007), confessed that when she first met the actor, it took her a few moments to get used to his demeanor and personality
Not fazed: Briefly speaking to TMZ about the interview with Grant, Graham appeared to take it all in stride, sharing, ‘You know what? My mama told me to kill people with kindness, so there you go’
The model changed the topic to fashion and asked what he was wearing, which prompted Grant’s dry wit, ‘Just my suit.’
In a last ditch effort to save the interview, Graham asked about his cameo in the mystery film Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022).
‘Well, I’m barely in it. I’m in it for about three seconds,’ he simply shot back.
‘Well yeah, but still you showed up and had fun right?’ Graham responded. ‘Almost,’ Grant admitted, before the interview was wrapped up.