‘Needy And Weird’: Brooke Shields And Drew Barrymore Dish On Their Experience With Stage Moms
Drew Barrymore and Brooke Shields attend the weekend opening of The NEW ultra-luxury Cove Resort at Atlantis Paradise Island on November 4, 2017 in The Bahamas. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Cove, Paradise Island)
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Actresses Brooke Shields and Drew Barrymore shared their personal experiences with their own ever-present and “needy and weird” stage moms during a recent interview.

Shields, who has been in headlines recently because of her Hulu documentary “Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields,” joined her friend and fellow grown-up child star for Tuesday’s episode of “The Drew Barrymore Show” – and Barrymore got right down to brass tacks.


The “E.T.” actress asked Shields whether her mother, Teri Shields, had ever crossed the line — a line that Jaid Barrymore had crossed – and dated the same men that her daughter had.

“No, because she was in love with me … I was her main focus. Both of us were cut off from our sexuality,” Shields replied, adding that her mother at the time had been so focused on helping her with her career that she had not really seemed interested in men at all.

Barrymore responded by joking that perhaps her own mother had been a little bit in love with her as well, but that she had showed it in a different way: “My mom was so enamored with me that she wanted to be with the people I was with.”

“I get it. It’s so needy and weird,” Shields replied.

Shields went on to explain that, for a number of years, her mother had been present and a part of every interview that she gave.

“‘No one’s going to get you. I’m going to be there. I’m there first. You’re mine. I’m not going to give you to somebody,'” Shields explained her mother’s rationale, adding that it was presented “under the guise of protection, but it was more ownership and fear, I think.”


“But to emerge from it not angry or jaded … it’s something in your character. It’s in my character,” Shields said to Barrymore of their shared experience.

Shields also spoke in the interview about her take on the #MeToo movement — especially after being sexualized in Hollywood as a young teenager.


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