People.com Entertainment Movies Michael Vartan Had 'Feelings' While Kissing Drew Barrymore in 'Never Been Kissed' in 'Loose Pants' Michael Vartan, Drew Barrymore and some of their fellow costars reminisced on the 1999 rom-com during Tuesday’s episode of The Drew Barrymore Show By Ally Mauch Published on September 15, 2021 11:31 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Michael Vartan is revealing a behind-the-scenes secret from Never Been Kissed — one that even costar Drew Barrymore didn't know about. Tuesday's episode of The Drew Barrymore Show featured a cast reunion for the 1999 rom-com, with Molly Shannon and David Arquette joining host Barrymore, 46. After Barrymore played a clip of the iconic kiss between her and Vartan, 52, at the end of the film, he also ran up on stage. "I gotta say I haven't seen that clip in years and standing there I got emotional," Vartan said, as both he and Barrymore teared up. "This movie's been a huge part of my life, every time I'm stopped it's always Never Been Kissed, so it's a pretty amazing thing to be a part of and this reunion is just wonderful," he continued, before Barrymore asked him if he had any "particular memories" from set. "Yeah, there's a story about the famous scene that very few people know about and I'm not sure I should…" he said, adding to her, "You do not know about it." Drew Barrymore Makes Hilarious TikTok Debut Dressed as Her Iconic Never Been Kissed Character He went on to admit that the kiss scene, which takes place on a baseball field, got a bit too real for him while they were filming. "So I get up to the mound, and we embrace and we start kissing and you really kissed me — I mean you really kissed me, I was not ready for it in the least," he said. "And I'm a man, I was a very young man back then and I had feelings, the feelings just happened and I very quickly realized I was in a very bad spot because I was wearing very loose, sort of slacks." Vartan continued, "I thought 'This is going to be a disaster when they cut, I must preemptively end this,' so what I did is in a panic I just yelled 'Cut' and bent over and said 'Oh guys sorry my back, I put my back out playing ball.'" "I went off into my corner and I was thinking horrible thoughts like you know 'dead puppies, dead puppies, dead father, dead father' and so finally I was able to compose myself and luckily the subsequent scenes went on without a hitch but that was — you were a very good kisser," he concluded. Suzanne Hanover/20th Century Fox/Kobal/Shutterstock The Stars of Never Been Kissed: Where Are They Now? Barrymore, for her part, also recalled it being a particularly good kiss. "You know, you weren't married at the time so yeah I went for it, because you were single and I felt like I wasn't going to offend anybody," she said, later adding, "You did something that for me is the ultimate in romance with a kiss, which is when you put your hands on a woman's face." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Vartan also revealed he kept "a memento" from the movie, a small plant that Barrymore gave him as a wrap gift. "I kept it of course and over the years this thing was growing, at first it was this tiny little stem with a few leaves, and it started growing and growing, of course I named it Drew. It's now 15, 16 feet tall," he shared, showing a picture of the large tree. "I've literally kept a picture of Drew in my phone for 20 years on the odd chance I would run into you and say 'Do you know what this is?'" he added. "That is really impressive and I think it's a perfect metaphor for, maybe this film does keep growing and it stays connected," Barrymore said.