Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant Recount Memories of the Philippines
The stars of Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet, Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, were in Mega Fashion Hall last night to formally launch the premiere screening of the show's second season.
“There are no words in a moment like this,” Barrymore said. “This is not like real life when you wake up every day, and try to take care of your kids—and you’re in sweatpants—all of a sudden, this crazy dream happens. It’s surreal and it’s beautiful and it’s overwhelming, and I know a moment like this will stay with me forever because it is like a dream to be here. But it’s actually happening and it’s real, and thank you for coming and showing up and supporting Santa Clarita Diet.”
It isn’t, however, both the stars’ first time in the Philippines. Barrymore was last in Manila two years ago to meet with the SM Group about the possibility of bringing in her cosmetics line Flower Beauty. She recounted, “It was a very exciting trip, and I hope very much to bring this company that is an empowerment of women here.”
Olyphant, much to the surprise of his fans, confessed to living in the Philippines when he was a baby. “I lived in Davao.” He continued, “When I was young, my father worked for Del Monte and we lived here for a little bit. And my great-grandfather, he was the head of engineering at the University of Philippines.” According to CountryHistorian.com, his great-grandfather Abraham G. Gideon was “attached to the University of the Philippines where he was engaged as a ‘professional lecturer.’ He became the ‘Managing Director of the Metropolitan Water Supply of Manila.’” It’s believed that Gideon lived in the Philippines at around 1926 where he acted as director of the Philippine National Bank.
When asked what differentiates San Clarita Diet from other television show, “I think at the end of the day the show is about a family who’s trying to live their normal daily life. It’s a family show,” Barrymore said. Olyphant added, “I agree. Put aside the blood, and it’s really quite a lovely, heartwarming show.”
Barrymore and Olyphant also shared what it’s like to shoot the series behind-the-scenes. “The whole thing is a blast. It’s the most fun I’ve had on a show,” Olyphant said. Despite Barrymore’s 40-year career in acting, Santa Clarita Diet is only one of her few forays into television. “I’ve only done films. I’ve never done television before, and I didn’t know what the process would be like.” She continued, “We got to work really early in the morning before it’s light outside, and we come home from work way late when it is no longer light outside. And we have so much fun, and we work really hard and we try—really, really to the best of our abilities to do 16-, 18-hour days and just keep going and pushing to make it good.”
Netflix had a sorbet vendor concoct a treat for the two stars
The Strawberry Splat
“It’s so crazy to go
The two stars talked about the kind of trouble their characters got into for the second season. “In season 2, the stakes get much higher Abby and Eric, the two kids, become little vigilantes.” Olyphant’s character, Joel, figures that he has “to save the world” and put a halt to the virus. “If you have the opportunity to try to save the world, take it.” Olyphant joked.
Manila is one of the two countries that the two stars visited to premiere the second season of the show. The other day, Barrymore was seen taking a break at Wildflour in Legazpi Village. And after the premiere of the series, she was spotted at Raffles Makati's Mirèio with senior vice president of SM Supermalls Steven Tan.
Watch the official trailer for Season 2 of Santa Clarita Diet below:
Find out more about the series at netflix.com/santaclaritadiet.