They’re having a “Scream” on “The Drew Barrymore Show.”
With the upcoming arrival of the latest "Scream" sequel, Drew Barrymore, who famously portrayed Casey Becker in the opening scene of the 1996 original, planned a week of shows centered on the horror franchise and kicked it off in style with a reunion of the cast.
It seemed for Cox, 57, the fears they acted out on screen didn’t leave her after the wrap parties.
"Well besides the obvious,” said the “Friends” star, “I will not go to the bathroom in a movie theater or just about any sports arena. I always look underneath and prefer just not to go. I will not go into a parking lot by myself, and if I do my heart is racing and I am constantly looking."
For Arquette, 50, his most lasting outgrowth of doing the films is much sweeter – Coco, the 17-year-old daughter he shares with ex-wife Cox.
"We had a daughter out of it,” he said, “and she's the greatest thing in my life. So that really is the most impactful thing that has ever happened to me in this business."
As in real life, Cox and Arquette’s characters – Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley – return in the new film as a split-up couple. Cox told The New York Times recently that she had “no apprehensions” about being in the reboot. But Arquette had a slightly different feeling working on it.
"It's been 25 years of our lives," he said. "We've grown up together. We have a child together.” But ultimately the experience was worth it for the actor: “It's a cathartic experience to just be able to act opposite Courteney.”
Campbell, 48, wrapped up the big picture of the “Scream” success for all of its principal actors. "I mean this movie gave me everything,” she told Barrymore, “it was a springboard I think for all of us. Its success really helped pave the way for all of us in our careers and my life would be very, very different without ‘Scream.’"
As People recounts, Barrymore has a full, fun slate of screaming to do before the new "Scream" jumps into theaters on January 14. Next up, she’ll be interviewing franchise newcomers, Jenna Ortega, Mason Gooding, Dylan Minnette, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sonia Ammar, and Mikey Madison. And finally – as in she may or may not be the final girl to live in the new film – Melissa Barrera will describe her experiences making the new “Scream.”
Barrymore has made a mini-mission of fun Gen X reunions on her talk show. In October, her “Awwww”-inducing interview with ex-husband, Tom Green, was a viral hit. And back in May, she got Hugh Grant to talk about long-ago ‘90s scandals he’d probably rather forget. But he explained how Barrymore helped him get through a tough time, and was happy to share.
One reunion that sadly can never take place is with original “Scream” creator/director, Wes Craven, who died of a brain tumor at age 76 in 2015. The new film will be the first in the series not directed by the scary movie legend.
But from the looks of the trailer, it promises to lean further into the scary side of the usually ironic bent of the series, which would probably be appreciated by Craven.
“Scream” arrives in theaters January 14.
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