Sure, the story of a high school teacher falling for what he thinks he was as a teenager didn’t turn out particularly well. But in the Rome-Com taxonomy, “Never Been Kissed” remains a forever classic even 20 years later.
To mark the anniversary, Josie Grossie reopened the cast of the 1999 film “The Drew Barrymore Show“This week, including Molly Shannon, David Arquette and their love interest on screen Michael Vartan.
After bringing “Alias” Aluminum to the stage, Barrymore and Vartan talked about the iconic scene at the end of the film when her character challenges him to meet her on the baseball pitch and kiss her for the very first time. (In case you need a refresh, this happens no she comes across as an undercover reporter who looks up to a high school student for a story. You know, journalism!)
Vartan, who apparently has not seen Barrymore since the film’s premiere, revealed that he’s had a secret about the kissing scene for two decades, which he admitted has upset him a bit, well.
“So I’m coming up [pitcher’s] Hill, we embrace and we start kissing, and you really kissed me, ”said Vartan. “I mean, you really kissed me. I was not – I was at least not ready for it. And I’m a man – I was a very young man back then. And you know, I had feelings – the feelings were fair, they just happened, and I realized very quickly that I was in a very bad place because I was wearing very, very loose, like slacks. “
“And I thought, ‘This is going to be a disaster if they cut it, I have to stop it before the end,'” he continued, as a clearly groomed Barrymore began to blow-dry and twist her hair. “So what I did was, in a panic, I just yelled, ‘Cut!’ and bent down and said, ‘Oh, guys, sorry. My back. I turned my back out to play with the ball.
Vartan said he would eventually “be able to compose myself” and move on with the scene. But then he and Barrymore raised the ante with a certain flirtatious energy.
“But you’re a very good kisser,” said Vartan, to which Barrymore replied, “you know you were not married at the time. So yeah, I went for it because you were single, and I felt like I would not offend anyone.
Vartan also admitted that he kept the “beautiful little fern” that Barrymore kept for him as a gift at the end of the movie he named after her. It has since grown to 15 feet above.
“I literally kept a picture of Drew in my phone for 20 years and the unusual chance that I ran into you and said, ‘Do you know what this is?'” He said of the gift.
Listen, if their love fern can flourish after all these years, Vartan and Barrymore’s very obvious and still present chemistry can too.
Watch the scene “Never Been Kissed” below.