Brooke Shields returned to a moment in her past when she felt “taken advantage of” by esteemed journalist Barbara Walters.
During a performance on the “Drew Barrymore ShowShields and Barrymore both praised Walters for her career, but also objected to the way their individual interviews with the ABC News anchor unraveled when they were both young stars.
In 1981, after her infamous Calvin Klein ad sparked controversy, Walters Shields, now 57, researched about her body. She was just 15 at the time. In the commercial, Shields says, “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.”
Shields said that in her interview with Walters, “She asked me what my measurements were. And asked me to get up.”
“And I get up and she’s comparing herself to this little girl and I thought, ‘This isn’t right. I don’t understand what this is.’ But I… behaved and just smiled and felt so abused in so many ways.
This isn’t the first time Shields has criticized Walters. 2021, she spoke to Dax Shepard on an episode of his “Armchair Expert” podcast, in which Shepard pointed out that the interview with Walters was “maddening” to watch in the present day.
“It’s practically criminal, it’s not journalism,” Shields said of the way she was interviewed by Walters.
Barrymore, for her part, recalled a moment when she was interviewed by the former “The viewco-host.
“I’ve never seen Barbara Walters in a negative light and I don’t, but I watched this interview she and I did in my early twenties, and she wouldn’t admit… She said, ‘Talk to me about the drugs and the alcohol, talk to me about your mom, talk to me about bisexuality, talk to me about everything,” and I kept saying, “You know Barbara, I’m really fine,” and it was five, six, seven times,” she said.
Despite the obvious discomfort during her earlier interview, Barrymore said, “I love Barbara Walters.”
“Oh me too,” Shields agreed.
“I really look up to her, I admire her,” added Barrymore, to which Shields said “absolutely”.