Of course, the story of a high school teacher falling in love with what he believes to be a teenage girl hasn’t aged particularly well. But in the taxonomy of romantic comedies, “Never Been Kissed” remains a classic forever, even 20 years later.
To celebrate the anniversary, Josie Grossie herself assembled the cast of the 1999 film on “The Drew Barrymore Show” this week, including Molly Shannon, David Arquette and her onscreen love Michael Vartan.
After bringing the alum “Alias” on stage, Barrymore and Vartan reflected on the iconic scene at the end of the film when his character challenges him to meet her at the baseball mound and kiss her for the very first time. . (In case you need a reminder, this happens after she makes it clear that she is an undercover journalist tasked with impersonating a high school student for a story. You know, journalism!)
Vartan, who apparently hasn’t seen Barrymore since the movie premiered, revealed that for over two decades he kept the kissing scene a secret, which he admitted had a little, well , excited.
“So I get up [pitcher’s] mound, we kiss and we start kissing, and you really kissed me, ”Vartan said. “I mean, you really kissed me. I wasn’t – I wasn’t ready for this at all. And I’m a man, I was a very young man back then. And you know, I had feelings – the feelings were right, they happened, and I realized real quickly that I was in a terrible mess because I was wearing very, very loose pants, kinda like a trousers.
“And I thought, ‘This is going to be a disaster when they cut, I have to end it preemptively,” “he continued, as a clearly flattered Barrymore began to blush and squirm. hair. “So what I did was panic and just scream, ‘Cut! And leaned over and said, ‘Oh, guys, sorry. My back. I put my back to play ball.
Vartan said he was finally “able to pull himself together” and continue the scene. But then he and Barrymore upped the ante with decidedly alluring energy.
“But you kiss really well,” said Vartan, to which Barrymore replied, “You know, you weren’t married back then. So yeah, I went, because you were single, and I did. felt like I wasn’t going to offend anyone.
Vartan also confessed that he kept the “beautiful little fern” that Barrymore gave him as a gift at the end of filming, which he named after her. It has since risen 15 feet.
“I literally kept a picture of Drew in my phone for 20 years in the odd luck that I ran into you and said, ‘Do you know what this is?’” He said. declared about the gift.
Listen, if their amorous fern can thrive after all these years, so can the very obvious and ever-present chemistry of Vartan and Barrymore.
Watch the “Never Been Kissed” scene below.
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