An interview conducted with Drew Barrymore for Egypt Air’s in-flight magazine is making the rounds because of its bizarre nature.
The piece gained traction after political analyst Adam Baron shared a screengrab from the interview on Twitter, describing the item as ‘surreal’.
This interview with Drew Barrymore in the Egypt Air in flight magazine is, umm, surreal. pic.twitter.com/fN3lNHXbL0
— Adam Baron (@adammbaron) October 2, 2018
The article appears to be full of inaccuracies, mistranslations, and a number of rude comments on the part of the interviewer.
To give an example, the interviewer tells the ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ actress that she appeared to have gained some weight after her last pregnancy, but that she has “returned to [her] previous graceful body.” Barrymore replies: “I feel overwhelmed when someone tells me that I have regained my image and managed to lose that extra weight, especially that I felt depressed due to the significant increase in my weight after delivering [her youngest child] Frankie.
“However, I find this a great opportunity to encourage every woman who is overweight to work on regaining her body and body, especially that it is not as hard as one may think…”
The author opened the article writing: “It is known that Barrymore has had almost 17 relationships, engagements and marriages; psychologists believe that her behavior is only natural since she lacked the male role model in her life after her parents’ divorce when she was only 9 years old.
“Ever since that time, she has been subconsciously seeking attention and care from a male figure; but unfortunately things do not always go as planned and she has not yet succeeded in any relationship for various reasons.”
Elsewhere, Barrymore is quoted as saying: “I cannot deny that women made a great achievement over [the] past century, there is significant progress recorded by people who study women status throughout history.”
Aida Takla O’Reilly, the former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), has confirmed that she wrote the article and tweeted that the piece was then edited by the magazine. However, the interview doesn’t appear to have been one-on-one as the HFPA typically conducts group press conferences which the members utilize for articles in various foreign publications.
Takla O’Reilly claims on Twitter that the interview is “genuine and far from fake.” She misspells Barrymore’s name, but said it was because she was dictating the tweet.
This doesn't negate the fact that the interview with Drew Barrimoor which took place in New York is genuine &far from fake.
As far as Drew we interviewed her several times I saw her grow up before my eyes she is charming and talented.@EGYPTAIR
— Aida (@Aidatakla1) October 3, 2018
Barrymore was promoting the 'Santa Clarita Diet' earlier this year. Her team told the Huffington Post that she “did not participate” in the piece and that her team is “working with the airline PR team.”