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- EgyptAir ran a “surreal” interview with Drew Barrymore in its in-flight magazine.
- The story went viral on Twitter for obvious reasons.
- The actor’s reps told the Huffington Post that Barrymore “did not participate” in the story.
- The airline maintains that it’s real.
Sometimes a piece of journalism is so striking you just can’t ignore it. At least that’s how Adam Barron, a writer and political analyst, felt when he saw this “surreal” interview with Drew Barrymore in EgyptAir’s in-flight magazine.
“Despite being unstable in her relationships most of her life, despite the several unsuccessful marriages and despite the busy life of stardom that dominated her life for several years; the beautiful American Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore has recently decided to temporary [sic] take an unlimited vacation to play her most crucial role as a mother,” the article begins.
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 piece discusses motherhood at length, but it makes no direct reference to Barrymore’s career – besides to ask if she’s retiring.
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“It is known that Barrymore has had almost 17 relationships, engagements, and marriages,” the story says, claiming that “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.”
It then launches into a pseudo-question-and-answer section. In the interview, Barrymore supposedly talked about parenting at length.
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Barrymore and the interviewer also discussed postpartum weight loss.
“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 Frankie,” Barrymore apparently said. “However, I find this a great opportunity to encourage every woman who is overweight to work on regaining her beauty and body, especially that it is not as hard as one may think; it is all about determination and following the appropriate diet under the supervision of a physician.”
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Sounds completely like Drew Barrymore!
The interview then concluded with a discussion of women’s empowerment.
“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,” Barrymore said. “This is naturally reflected on women in the west who will not be satisfied unless they gain the rights they deserve to the society. This is especially true since women exert tremendous efforts that men are incapable of exerting due to their numerous commitments and obligations.”
Again, classic Drew.
Barron told INSIDER that he found the whole story disconcerting and disjointed.
“The combination of language and tone is astounding; it kind of upends the traditional fluffy celebrity by just, like, throwing mad shade at her. That was just completely surreal to me,” he said. “The photos are just amazing as well – and such an odd contrast to the often-dark tenor of the interview.”
People had a lot of questions.
Did she make the cover?
— Caity Weaver (@caityweaver) October 2, 2018
Considering how brilliant she is in the Santa Clarita Diet I don’t think it’s true about being retired. I’m very much looking forward to another season. ???? pic.twitter.com/70XZ5Hf0Ak
— Jane (@cyberfrontier) October 2, 2018
????or????? Read the first page and join me in not knowing WTF this is. https://t.co/TnkjgpMfBy
— Lone Koefoed Hansen (@koefoed) October 2, 2018
this is unreal. Surely she didn't approve it?!
— Swantje Green (@swaninlondon) October 2, 2018
It seems that the interview is fake.
After many people called the interview bizarre or strange, the Huffington Post reached out to reps for the actor to get to the bottom of it all. And, as it turns out, it seems that the interview is fake.
Barrymore’s reps said that she “did not participate” in the story. Her people are “working with the airline PR team” on this, per the Huffington Post.
But EgyptAir is holding its ground and says the story is real. On Twitter, a rep for the airline claimed that “this [sic] a professional magazine interview conducted by Dr. Aida Tekla Former president of the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) and one of the voting members of the Golden Globes.”
Dear sir, this a professional magazine interview conducted by Dr. Aida Tekla Former president of the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) and one of the voting members of the Golden Globes.
— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) October 3, 2018
Although her name is spelled “Tekla” in the tweet and in the print edition of the magazine, Aida Takla-O’Reilly was the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 2011 and 2012, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Later on Wednesday, Takla took to Twitter to defend her story. “This doesn’t negate the fact that the interview with Drew Barrimoor [sic] which took place in New York is genuine & far from fake,” she wrote. “As far as Drew we interviewed her several times I saw her grow up before my eyes she is charming and talented.”
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
As for the misspelling of Barrymore in this tweet? Well, Takla said she was dictating the post on her phone.
Representatives for EgyptAir and Drew Barrymore didn’t immediately return INSIDER’s request for comment.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated to include a tweet from Aida Takla-O’Reilly.
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