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Drew Barrymore Tells Dylan Farrow She Was "Gaslit" About Woody Allen
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Drew Barrymore Tells Dylan Farrow She Was "Gaslit" About Woody Allen


During a recent interview on the actor's talk show, Drew Barrymore tells Dylan Farrow that she believes lives have chapters — and Barrymore appears to have turned a page when it comes to director Woody Allen.

On “The Drew Barrymore Show” on Monday, the “Santa Clarita Diet” star spoke candidly with Farrow, 35, the daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, about her new YA novel, “Hush,” managing trauma, and the recent HBO docuseries “Allen v. Farrow.”

Barrymore began the discussion by reflecting on her own relationship with Allen, whom Farrow accused of molesting her in 1992, an allegation Farrow has maintained about her adoptive father since she was a child.

Barrymore, 46, admitted to Farrow on her show that she, like many others in the film industry, had previously ignored Farrow's allegations against the once-celebrated director.

“I worked with Woody Allen,” Barrymore told Farrow. “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 I was one of the people who was basically gaslighted into not looking at a narrative beyond what I was being told, and I see what is happening in the film.

Barrymore's words seemed to have an impact on Farrow.

“I’m trying not to cry right now after hearing what you just said,” Farrow responded. “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.”

The two women also discussed “Allen v. Farrow,” the docu-series centered on Farrow’s allegations of sexual assault against Allen. Farrow told the “Charlie’s Angels” star that the experience of working on the project has opened up the conversation about her abuse with her family. Farrow also admits that she was “shocked” that her mother, siblings Fletcher Previn and journalist Ronan Farrow were involved in the project.

“I think the documentary has resulted in greater communication between us as a result, which is interesting,” she said, adding, “We wouldn’t talk about it to each other, so talking about it publicly seemed absolutely incomprehensible.”

Farrow says she has no ill feelings toward her siblings who did not participate in the project.

“Over time, more and more of my siblings joined, and a few did not,” she says, adding, “I’ve talked to them about it, and I respect their decision.”

If you need assistance, call RAINN's National Sexual Assault Online Hotline or go to the website of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

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