Drew Barrymore sat down for a chat with Dylan Farrow, who had arrived at Barrymore’s chat show to discuss her new YA novel, Hush. While talking to her, the discussion about the HBO docuseries Allen v. Farrow also came up. Woody Allen has been accused of sexual misconduct by Farrow, and upon hearing her story, Barrymore herself opened up about working with the legendary director.
Barrymore revealed how she was just one of the many fans and collaborators who were “basically gaslit” about the allegations against Allen. She added that she regretted working with the director. “I worked with Woody Allen,” recalled Barrymore and went ahead to talk about her experience of working with him.
“I did a film with him in 1996 called Everyone Says I Love You, and there was no higher career calling card than to work with Woody Allen. Then I had children, and it changed me because I realized that I was one of the people who were basically gaslit into not looking at a narrative beyond what I was being told, and I see what is happening in the industry now, and that is because of you making that brave choice. So, thank you for that.”
Hearing her story, Farrow got a little emotional and said, “Hearing what you just said, I’m trying not to cry right now. It’s just so meaningful because it’s easy for me to say, ‘Of course you shouldn’t work with him; he’s a jerk, he’s a monster,’ but I just find it incredibly brave and incredibly generous that you would say to me that my story, and what I went through, was important enough to you to reconsider that.”
Drew Barrymore and Dylan Farrow went on to discuss the HBO documentary, Allen v. Farrow. Farrow said that the documentary helped open up a conversation about her alleged sexual assault with her siblings. She added that it was a hard process for her and she was “shocked” to know that they agreed to take part in the docuseries, including brother Fletcher Previn. “The documentary has led to greater communication between us as a result, I think, which is interesting. We wouldn’t talk about it to each other, so talking about it publicly, it just seemed absolutely incomprehensible,” said the author.