Kids sometimes make for interesting talk show guests, but in the case of this vintage clip of a young Drew Barrymore on The Tonight Show, she clearly owns the stage. It’s no wonder that Drew went on to become a big star, if this interview of her at just 7-years-old with Johnny Carson is any indication of just how endearing her personality is.
In 1982, Barrymore first appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson as she was making a huge splash in the film E.T. In the interview, Barrymore took to the stage, but first slipped and fell. She handled it with tremendous grace, as Carson helped her up and to her seat.
Barrymore was beyond charming, as Carson kicked things off by reassuring her that others had slipped on the stage before her. She blamed it on her slippery shoes and the audience was won over by the cute overload unfolding.
Then they discussed fashion, going to the dentist, and her young career as an actress. Barrymore didn’t hold back, even popping out her fake front teeth at one point to show off how she wore the appliance on TV while her adult teeth were growing in.
Carson asked if she wouldn’t be more comfortable without the fake teeth during their interview and Barrymore was happy to ditch them. Being a 7-year-old, she placed them on Carson’s desk, which, of course, drew plenty of laughs.
When asked about E.T., Barrymore spoke about director Steven Speilberg and how she got the part when she first auditioned for Poltergeist, but Spielberg didn’t think she was a good fit. She did, however, prove to be the perfect actress for his film E.T.
Barrymore further discussed her audition, how she had to act “in awe” of something and had to scream, which she described as “screaming her throat off.”
Carson was definitely delighted by the young girl’s personality and invited her to return again.
Those who commented on Barrymore’s adorable childhood interview were impressed, with one person noting: “She obviously is a natural on stage, no fear at all, sharp and adorable” and another remarking: “God she was just adorable!”
Another commenter noted how Barrymore was able to stay focused on the interview, which isn’t typical for that age, saying: “Not only is she adorable, but I’m amazed at her composure. Not many seven-year olds could hold a conversation for 9 minutes.”
One person commented on Carson’s skills as well, noting: “Carson was such a good interviewer (although that should go without saying). The way he immediately made Barrymore feel comfortable after that entrance by mentioning other adults who’ve had similar tumbles is exactly what a kind uncle would have done.”
Now grown and with daughters of her own, Barrymore definitely has some perspective about parenthood, telling Ellen DeGeneres on a recent appearance that being mom to Olive and Frankie has definitely been life changing. She explained: “I thought, ‘Oh, I realize I was put on this planet to be a good woman so I could raise good women.’”