Drew Barrymore opened up about her experience working with Woody Allen, claiming she was gaslit by the iconic director and his entertainment prowess. Drew decided to discuss the topic when Dylan Farrow, Woody’s daughter, arrived on the set of The Drew Barrymore Show on Monday.
Dylan, who accused her father of sexually abusing her when she was a child, recently filmed a docuseries for HBO Max. Allen v. Farrow not only discusses the three-decades-old allegations but renews its vigor with previously unreleased footage of Dylan as a young girl. Her younger self recounts her father’s misconduct in gruesome detail, shedding light on an incident ultimately thrown under the rug by Hollywood executives and other big names.
Drew Barrymore, who admits to being one of those big names, explained her predicament and ultimate turn-around on Monday’s episode. Drew explained that “there was no higher career calling card than to work with Woody Allen.” Dylan Farrow can be seen nodding her head, agreeing with what is likely the reason most people refused to discuss her father’s alleged misconduct.
“Then I had children,” Drew continued, admitting that “it changed” her. The actress worked with Woody Allen in his 1996 film Everyone Says I Love You. Drew says that she “realized that I was one of the people who was basically gaslit into not looking at a narrative beyond what I was being told.”
Dylan Farrow quickly responded, saying “It’s easy for me to say like 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 for you to reconsider that.”
Woody, who is a bigwig in the film industry, has not faced charges for any sexual assault allegations pinned against him. He’s denied any sexual misconduct but explained in a CBS interview conducted in summer 2020 that he agrees that his daughter “believes” that it happened.
“I believe she thinks it,” Allen admitted of Dylan’s allegations “She was a good kid. I do not believe that she’s making it up. I don’t believe she’s lying. I believe she believes that.”
Though the allegations drove a wedge between father and daughter, Dylan explained that her recent docuseries has “changed a lot about how me and my mom relate to each other and interact with each other.” She said: “I think there’s a very renewed level of respect, woman to woman.”
Allen v. Farrow revealed a lot about Woody Allen’s sexual misconduct allegations, with Dylan Farrow as the clear focus. The docuseries, which got a trailer back in February, shows the family dynamics before and after the allegations surfaced, and also centered on the startling revelation that Woody fell in love with his step-daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, Mia Farrow’s daughter.
The docuseries also had exclusive footage of Dylan Farrow as a 7-year-old girl, speaking about her supposed molestation at the hands of her father. “I was just sobbing uncontrollably for a couple of days on and off about what I saw,” Dylan admitted to Drew, “and just sort of trying to mentally reconcile the fact that that little girl on the tape was me.”
Both Drew Barrymore and Dylan Farrow opened up about their emotions on Monday, with Drew explaining her process of coming to terms with what Dylan claims is the truth. Drew admits to being gaslit by Woody, shielding her mind from a negative narrative regarding the famous director.
The documentary Allen v. Farrow was directed by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering. It premiered on HBO on February 21, 2021.