Drew Barrymore Recalls Being Deemed 'Too Unattractive' in 'Never Been Kissed'
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From character transformations to production challenges, Drew Barrymore reveals the inside story of 1999's romcom 'Never Been Kissed,' and how it almost never was.

AceShowbiz - In a heart-to-heart revelation on her daytime talk show, Drew Barrymore revisited the hurdles and triumphs of bringing "Never Been Kissed" to life, a 1999 romantic comedy that marked a significant milestone in her career, not just as an actress but also as a budding producer.

The film, a tale of high school redemption and discovering love, required Barrymore to embrace the awkwardness of her character, Josie Geller, while navigating uncharted waters in film production.

Barrymore's portrayal of Josie "Grossie" Geller required a delicate balance between comedy and endearment. Interestingly, the initial portrayal by Barrymore was deemed "too unattractive" by studio executives, forcing Barrymore to "tone it down."

This direction was not about aesthetics alone but aimed at preserving the heart of the character amidst the comedy. Barrymore shared, "I was forced to even tone it down a little bit because I had gone even farther." It was a balancing act that paid off, allowing the character's genuine essence to shine through without compromising on the comedic element.

The production of "Never Been Kissed" came at a time when the notion of actors doubling as producers was met with skepticism. The pressure was immense. "I was so scared during the whole film because I knew if it didn't work, we weren't going to get another chance," Barrymore confessed, highlighting the economic risks involved.

This venture was the debut production of Barrymore's company, Flower Films, setting the tone for its future in the industry.

Despite the initial backlash and the intimidating demands of dual roles, the success of "Never Been Kissed" stands testament to Barrymore's resilience and versatility. The film not only garnered a favorable reception but also cemented the credibility of Flower Films in Hollywood. It's a narrative of breaking molds and defying expectations, serving as inspiration for countless actors and filmmakers.

The allure of "Never Been Kissed" extends beyond its quirky humor and heartwarming story; it's also a celebration of perseverance, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Drew Barrymore's journey with the film underscores the challenges and rewards of creativity, making "Never Been Kissed" a beloved classic that resonates with audiences even decades after its release.

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