Drew Barrymore is learning to adapt to single life, with a little help from Ellen DeGeneres.
The “Santa Clarita Diet” star joined Thursday’s “Ellen,” and shared what she’s observed about the online dating world since splitting from husband Will Kopelman last year. Turns out, she’s quite the novice.
Drew admitted that after a pal told her about trying a “three-month no-swiping thing,” she realized she “didn’t even know what that meant.”
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After clarifying the difference between swiping right and left on a dating app – the latter is a “pass” – Ellen unveiled her own version for Drew to try.
The actress was presented photos of a variety of male celebrities, and ended up being more selective than Ellen expected. Drew’s first option was One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles, a choice the actress found literally laughable.
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“No, he’s like 2!” she scoffed, before passing on John Mayer, Lenny Kravitz, Jake Gyllenhaal and more of Hollywood’s high-profile bachelors. Drew also dismissed Prince Harry as a “not realistic” option, and even turned down Brad Pitt despite acknowledging him as “such a lovely guy.”
Ellen appeared incredulous over Drew’s precise taste.
“Even I would have chosen four of these guys,” the host joked.
However, when it came to “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver, Drew offered an enthusiastic thumbs-up.
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“Totally, for me, John Oliver would be the one,” she declared. “But he’s married, so I’m so sorry to his wife, by the way. I’m not being lascivious.”
She also swiped right on “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington, saying she finds the actor “pretty hot.”
Adding, “Jon Snow, are you kidding me?!”
Drew also got candid about her and Will’s divorce, telling Ellen how the former couple is trying to co-parent as lovingly and productively as possible in light of their breakup.
“It was just like my worst nightmare,” Drew said of her and Will deciding to end their marriage. “I so wanted to raise kids in this ultra-traditional way, and do everything so the polar opposite of my experience.”
The 41-year-old mom to daughters Frankie and Olive explained how staying consistently aware of her behavior is one way to help cultivate a positive environment for the girls.
“It really is about the tone you set. You can talk until you’re blue in the face, but kids watch what you do every single day of your life, all day long,” she said.
As for how she and Will make their “modern family” work, Drew said it’s all about taking each moment as it comes and knowing they aren’t alone.
“It’s a miracle and a blessing, and we do it in a way I think probably a lot of other people are doing it too,” she told Ellen. “Sometimes, again, the road is different than what you tried to make it, or what you expected, and you just figure it out. And you figure it out with grace.”
Catch Drew alongside co-star Timothy Olyphant when “The Santa Clarita Diet” hits Netflix on Feb. 3.
— Erin Biglow
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