Drew Barrymore Recalls When Keanu Reeves Came to Her 16th Birthday Party
Drew Barrymore launched her new daytime talk show on Monday, Sept. 14 and welcomed Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu as two of her first guests. Barrymore is known for her cheerful disposition and viewers were treated to a reunion with her Charlie’s Angels co-stars and a 50 First Dates skit with Adam Sandler.
But Barrymore put her hosting skills on full display weeks before the official launch of The Drew Barrymore Show, and fans learned a few things about her life including a special moment with Keanu Reeves.
Drew Barrymore chatted with ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ cast members
While promoting her show, Barrymore made it clear in interviews that she’s serving up optimism, celebration, and human interest stories. Viewers may have caught a dose of that when she shared a video segment for “Drew’s Movie Nite” with SpongeBob actors Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke.
They spent time discussing The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, and Keanu Reeves’ name came up. For those who don’t know, he makes a cameo in the film in a golden-haloed tuft of tumbleweed. Barrymore wanted to confirm his appearance in the movie, and that led to her sharing her own story about Reeves.
Reeves attended Barrymore’s 16th birthday bash
As many fans know, Barrymore has been acting since childhood. Her lengthy list of film credits includes 1986’s Babes in Toyland, which she starred in with Reeves. Barrymore told Kenny and Fagerbakke that she was just a kid when they shot the movie and it was her first time meeting Reeves.
She also shared a story about when he came to her 16th birthday party. How many people can say that?
“I did a movie with him when I was 11 years old in Munich, Germany for six months — a TV movie called Babes in Toyland,” said Barrymore.
“And, so that would be 1986 and then he showed up at my 16th birthday party and took me on a motorcycle ride I will never forget. We just blasted through the streets. It was at night and the streets were empty, and it was one of those moments where I’ll never forget it.”
Not only did Reeves get into motorcycles in his early 20s, but he’s also part owner of a motorcycle business.
Reeves once called Barrymore one of his close friends
Reeves keeps his personal life relatively private, and in the past, admitted that he didn’t make a habit of hanging out with celebrities.
In a 1993 interview with Germany’s Kino magazine (archived on Whoaisnotme.net), Reeves was asked about spending time with famous friends, and he stated the circle was small. However, Barrymore’s name was on the list.
“Only when they’re my friends. I get together with River Phoenix, Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp, and I was friends with Drew Barrymore for a long time,” he said. “I also spend a lot of time with the people I work with. But I am not one those actors who sleep with their co-stars. I’m almost a virginal monk! I was with an unknown actress for a while, and I was seeing Sophia Coppola. But the majority of my friends are not famous.”
Though they don’t dish on their friendship, Ryder and Barrymore are still two of Reeves’ buddies.