Santa Clarita Diet: Drew Barrymore Almost Died On Set
Most actresses would gloat about how much fun they had on set, while filming movies. Yet, with all that fun comes some degree of risks and occupational hazards. Even so, while most actors and actresses practically go through a fake death on set at one point or the other, for Drew Barrymore, on the set of Santa Clarita Diet, she was almost killed in real life, while playing a zombie. The 41-year-old actress disclosed this in New York City herself, while she was promoting the Netflix series – Santa Clarita Diet.
Starring as Sheila in the new dark comedy, her character is a real estate agent based in California who transforms into a zombie and has to survive on feeding on humans. In a particular episode, she jumps on the back of a man to kill him – however, while rehearsing that particular scene, Barrymore fell off her co-actors’ back and hit her head on concrete.
Victor Fresco, the creator, explained that Barrymore couldn’t get a good grip because the other actor was a broad guy. He said while the actor tried desperately to hold onto Barrymore’s legs, she slipped off, pivoting all the way down and hitting her head on the concrete. Fresco said he had at that moment thought Barrymore had certainly been killed.
Paramedics were called immediately to the Santa Clarita set, and she was rushed to a close hospital. She underwent CAT and MRIs scans for two days at the hospital, and was left with a concussion from the accident.
Drew Barrymore said it was terrible and very serious. She admitted that the accident felt like her life’s second biggest failure, after her divorce, and confessed that she had never had to go through that sort of feeling her entire life.
While Barrymore was in the hospital, the production of the Netflix series – Santa Clarita Diet – shut down temporarily. The crew and cast took the time out to catch a much-needed mid-shooting break, and a number of them paid her regular visits in the hospital. For that period of time, the California hospital had to contend with having a celebrity patient that receives a substantial number of visitors.
Upon her return to the movie set one week after the unfortunate accident, Barrymore had to return to the exact spot of her accident and shoot the same scene that left her concussed. The 41-year-old mother of two admitted that it was very scary coming back to the same spot and shooting the same scene. She also said the whole cast and crew were really tense.
Once beaten twice shy, Barrymore’s cast-mates, however, ensures that the scene was filmed successfully, and without injury. Afterward, she spoke about her love for the group of people she worked with, their care, commitment, and concern for her well-being. She intoned that even though they were not necessarily family, they came together and prioritized her safety and well-being. Barrymore said it is always really nice to see the goodness in people.