Brooke Shields and Drew Barrymore are talking about their controlling mothers.
During Tuesday’s broadcast of “The Drew Barrymore Show,” the host disclosed that her mother “wanted to be with the people I was with” — and inquired if Shields’ mother, Teri Shields, did the same to her.
“No, because she was in love with me,” Brooke Shields told Barrymore during the interview. “I was her main focus. And both of us were gonna be cut off from our s*xuality. I was gonna stay a virgin. She was going to be just Teri Terrific.”
Barrymore, who rose to worldwide prominence after acting in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” claimed her own mother, Jaid Barrymore, “was so enamored” with her famous daughter that she wanted to date Barrymore’s Hollywood flings herself.
“I don’t get it, but I get it,” Shields commiserated. “It’s so layered and it’s so needy. And it’s so sad and broken.”
Brooke Shields has been on a press tour for “Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields,” a Hulu documentary based on a 1978 film in which she portrayed a 12-year-old s*x worker. She recently pondered about posing for her infamously suggestive Calvin Klein ads and participating in exploitative interviews in her teens.
“We all were aspiring to get approval from our mommies and daddies,” Shields told Barrymore during their conversation.
“You either spend your life running away from, running towards, trying to not be like, trying to be like, your mother,” she continued. “And it’s primal. And you gotta go through the process of it. And it’s just a lot of work.”
Shields told Barrymore that as a child star, her mother sat in on every interview she gave. Shields alleged last month that a powerful Hollywood producer s*xually r*ped her in her twenties and said her mother was insistent.
“‘No one’s going to get you,’” Shields said of her mother’s mission. “‘I’m going to be there. I’m there first. You’re mine. I’m not going to give you to somebody.’ Under the guise of protection, but it was more ownership and fear, I think.”
“Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields” is available on Hulu.