Following the release of the HBO documentary Allen v Farrow, Drew Barrymore has told Dylan Farrow that she regrets working with her adoptive father Woody Allen.
Farrow appeared for an interview on Barrymore’s talk show, Drew. It was here that Barrymore addressed her feelings about working with Allen.
“I worked with Woody Allen. 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,” she said. “Then I had children, and it changed me because I realised that I was one of the people who was basically gaslit into not looking at a narrative beyond what I was being told. And I see what is happening in the industry now and that is because of you making that brave choice. So thank you for that.”
Barrymore is the latest star to express her regret publicly over working with Allen. This string of A-listers recounting their regret has come in the wake of allegations Farrow made against him, claiming that he molested her when she was a child. Allen has vehemently denied the allegations.
The claim was first made by Farrow when she was seven years old. The adoptive daughter of actress Mia Farrow and director Woody Allen restated her claim in 2018, following the #MeToo tidal wave.
Following this, actors such as Kate Winslet, Hayley Atwell, Rebecca Hall, Timothée Chalamet and Colin Firth have all distanced themselves from Allen after working with him previously. “Hearing what you just said, I am trying not to cry right now,” Farrow told Barrymore. “It is 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.”
Allen condemned HBO’s documentary this February. The Annie Hall director dismissed it as “a hatchet job riddled with falsehoods”.