Drew Barrymore Recalls Flashing David Letterman On-Air in 1995: 'You Only Have One Life'
"I'm such a different person now that it doesn't feel like me, but I'm still into it," she says
Appearing on the Late Show Monday night, the actress recalled the iconic move and shared a few other late-night anecdotes with host Stephen Colbert.
“I did Johnny Carson in 1982 and I tripped on the step and really, really ate it,” she said. “I think they cut to a different angle on the camera because I was like, splayed. I was like, ‘This is a lesson in humiliation. It’s The Tonight Show and you’re 7 and you’ve completely eaten it.'”
Barrymore, 43, eventually started bringing Carson “gag gifts.”
“He was on his eighth divorce, and I brought him a set of dishes with his name on it,” she recalled. “And I was like, ‘Now whatever woman you divorce is not going to want these, because they say Johnny.’ I was a real card or something. I don’t know why — or how — I had that sense of humor. But I loved joking with him!”
But of course, she’d be remiss not to discuss the Letterman moment.
“In this very theater, I did something in particular with Mr. Letterman on his birthday,” she said.
“You famously pulled a little bit of Bourbon Street on him,” said Colbert with a laugh.
Looking back on the 1995 stunt, the Santa Clarita Diet star admitted it “doesn’t feel like me.”
“It’s like a distant memory that doesn’t seem like me — but it is me,” she said. “And that’s kind of cool. I’m still down with that. I’m a mother of two … I’m such a different person now that it doesn’t feel like me, but I’m still into it. You only have one life!”