Brooke Shields has revisited a time in her past where she felt “taken advantage of” by celebrity journalist Barbara Walters.
During an appearance on the “Drew Barrymore Show,” Shields and Barrymore both praised Walters for her career, but also raised concerns about how their separate interviews with the ABC anchor came across. News when they were both young stars.
In 1981, after his infamous Calvin Klein ad sparked controversy, Walters examined Shields, now 57, about her body. She was only 15 at the time. In the commercial, Shields says, “You want to know what’s coming between me and my Calvins? Nothing.”
Shields said in her interview with Walters, “She asked me what my measurements were. And she asked me to stand.”
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“And I stand up and she’s like comparing herself to this little girl and I thought, ‘That – this is not right. I don’t understand what this is.’ But I was… polite and just laughed and felt like I took advantage of him in so many ways.”
This is not the first time Shields has criticized Walters. In 2021, she spoke with Dax Shepard on an episode of his podcast “Armchair Expert”, where Shepard indicated that the interview with Walters was “madness,” to be seen in the present day.
“It’s mostly criminal, it’s not journalism,” Shields said of the way Walters interviewed her.
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Barrymore, for her part, recalled a moment when she was interviewed by the former “The View” co-host.
“I never thought of Barbara Walters in a negative light and I never did, however, I watched this interview that she and I did when I was in my early twenties, and she wouldn’t regret it… She was like, ‘Talk to me about drugs and alcohol, talk to me about your mother, talk to me about bisexuality, talk to me about everything,’ and I kept saying, ‘You know Barbara I’m doing great,’ and it was five, six, seven times over,” she said.
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Despite her obvious discomfort in her previous interview, Barrymore said, “I love Barbara Walters.”
“Oh me too,” Shields agreed.
“I really look up to her, I admire her,” said Barrymore, whom Shields called “absolutely. “