Drew Barrymore and Corey Feldman recall first date when they were child stars in Hollywood

Drew Barrymore and Corey Feldman have reflected on their first date when they were child stars in Hollywood.

The pair took a stroll down memory lane on the actress’ talk show, The Drew Barrymore, on which they shared details of their cute outing 25 years later. 

Watch the video above.

At the time, Barrymore had been fresh from her fame on Steven Spielberg’s 1982 sci-fi film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, while Feldman – who gained fame from movies such as Gremlins and Stand By Me – was a rising child star himself.

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“So, I get a call one day, and my grandmother says, ‘We got a call from Steven [Spielberg]’s office, and the little girl from E.T. wants to meet you because she’s got a crush on you,'” he recalled of the date, noting he was 12 or 13 at the time and Barrymore was 10.

“We were literally just kids. It was so cute. I remember taking you to the movies … It was the movie theater next to the Gelson’s parking lot. So we parked at the Gelson’s, walked across the street, and you put your little hand up for me to hold, and I held your hand as we walked across the street.”

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Barrymore admitted she did have a crush on Feldman, as did the rest of Hollywood, she said. 

“I loved you as an actor and a human, but getting to know you … what I was always drawn to was your lack of ego,” she said. “We were around so many nice people, but many people who fell prey to self-indulgence, and you didn’t.”

Feldman explained the pair stayed friends following their outing and it was years before they actually dated, with the pair famously stepping out together at the 1989 Oscars when they were teenagers. 

“I remember you were going, so I was lucky enough to be your date, and I just threw on a cotton Betsey Johnson dress off the rack,” she recounted.

“I remember getting there and seeing people in such designer duds … and looking around thinking, ‘Oh, I’m very underdressed.'”

Of their brief three-month relationship, Barrymore said she always saw Feldman as her “safe space”.

“We had that kind of relationship where they say like, ‘Date your friends,’ and we were the embodiment of that,” she said. “You were such a safe place for me, and we always hung out with your friends. … It was just a really important place for me, and the memories are so vivid.”

Feldman went on to marry former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Vanessa Marcil from 1989 to 1993 and actress Susie Sprague from 2002 to 2014. In 2016, he has been happily married model Courtney Anne Mitchell.

As for Barrymore, she has also walked down the aisle three times – she was married to bar owner Jeremy Thomas from 1994 to 1995, comedian Tom Green from 2001 to 2002, and art consultant Will Kopelman from 2012 to 2016, who she shares two daughters: Olive, 10, and Frankie, eight. 

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