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The Brooke Shields Scene For A Castle For Christmas That Cary Elwes Calls ‘History Being Made’

Brooke Shields is in a holiday Netflix movie, and The Princess Bride’s Westley, Cary Elwes, is along for the ride in A Castle For Christmas. The romantic comedy has Shields playing a successful novelist who goes away to the Scottish countryside while she awaits some bad press to blow over. Amidst the great pairing of two iconic actors as an unlikely duo, the movie also includes a cameo by an actor both Shields and Elwes couldn’t help but gush over. 

At the start of the movie, Brooke Shields’ Sophie is a guest on The Drew Barrymore Show. When Shields spoke to CinemaBlend, she shared what it was like to be on the talk show in character with Barrymore, who both grew up as child actors in Hollywood together:

It was funny because I had never worked with Drew. We had never acted together. We’ve known each other for decades and we had never worked together and here we were in this scene within a scene. It was so much fun playing with her and it was also really fun becoming unhinged and less than pulled together and sort of losing my mind. That kind of comedy is always a lot of fun for me. We have a lot of outtakes from that.

In the scene, A Castle For Christmas sets up the anger brewing behind the surface for Sophie following her decision to kill off one of the fan-favorite characters in her book series. While she’s on The Drew Barrymore Show, Barrymore asks her some tough questions about the topic, leading Sophie to blow up on national television. Cary Elwes, pitched in his thoughts on Shields and Barrymore finally getting to work together for the scene: 

It was history being made. America’s two most famous child actors who transitioned into extraordinary careers as adults. Their chemistry together was fantastic and it’s one of the funniest scenes in the movie.

Brooke Shields and Drew Barrymore may be a decade apart in age, but they very much have rubbed elbows over the years, such as being seen posing together at events back in the ‘90s. They were certainly also both working on movies in the ‘80s into today. They both began starring in films at very young ages and had numerous high-profile moments in the spotlight. But funny enough, they had never shared the screen together until A Castle For Christmas. As Shields shared: 

And I’m doing The Drew Barrymore Show as me [to promote the movie] and that’s funny too because we’re going back in and out of these characters. So it’s fun to be able to be me with her on it. But, the acting on it was really just such a treat. We couldn’t believe it, we were like ‘Oh my god, we’re having so much fun. We’re acting together!’

When Shields appeared on The Drew Barrymore Show recently, Barrymore shared that the pair are friends who are always making plans together and calling each other up to make them. One of them just happened to be when Shields asked Barrymore if she wanted to be in the scene for A Castle For Christmas

Brooke Shields on the Drew Barrymore Show in A Castle for Christmas

(Image credit: Netflix)

As Cary Elwes pointed out, it is a moment of history to see Drew Barrymore and Brooke Shields together in the same scene. Both of them have created their own paths in Hollywood as women well into their 40s and 50s (which is not common, folks). It’s great to see they’ve stuck together and remained close over the years, and got to finally act together for the first time in A Castle For Christmas, now streaming on Netflix

Sarah El-Mahmoud

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