Barrymore, who played the Cinderella-based character Danielle de Barbarac in the 1998 drama “Ever After: A Cinderella Story,” celebrated the film’s 25th anniversary on “The Drew Barrymore Show” Tuesday in full Renaissance-era costume.
The daytime talk show host was joined by her on-screen step sisters, Melanie Lynskey and Megan Dodds, to celebrate the Andy Tennant-directed film. Dougray Scott, who played the movie’s charming Prince Henry joined in on the fun through a video call. He obviously wore an appropriate waistcoat.
“It’s not even a show. We’re just here in a time machine and we’re back 25 years ago because it’s the 25th anniversary of ‘Ever After’,” Barrymore said while sporting a royal gown with wings attached to the back. “I literally can’t even believe it. I get to be here with my sisters, my step sisters.”
Barrymore, Lynskey, Dodds and Scott shared behind the scenes memories of filming the fantasy drama including how Scott was initially rejected for the role of Prince Henry.
“My agent sort of managed to get me in the room again. I begged. I begged them I said, ‘Give me another chance,’ and I think that’s how I got the part,” Scott said, adding that Barrymore also “went to bat” for him to get the role.
“There was nobody else,” Barrymore said.
Barrymore, who was 23 when the movie was released, also had her hand in casting Anjelica Huston as her evil stepmother.
“I remember just going, ‘Screw it, I’m gonna find her phone number and I’m gonna call her.’ And I got her on the phone,” Barrymore said. “I said, ‘You know what, for your dad John Huston and my grandfather John Barrymore who you know partied here on Earth and are somewhere up in heaven keeping it going … Barrymore Huston, Huston Barrymore, we’ve got to do this.”
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Barrymore told Entertainment Tonight in February that “Ever After” changed her view of the world as the film’s retelling shifts the plot where the Cinderella character frees herself before her prince charming makes an attempt.
“I was in my early 20s and then I was trying to start a company and wanted to tell stories and make films and that particular messaging that you can rescue yourself and you don’t have to wait to be rescued is definitely the thing that set me up best in my life,” Barrymore said. “I don’t know who I would be, honestly, without it. It changed the way I saw the world.”