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“My life was falling apart”: Drew Barrymore reveals how Netflix was her saviour

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Drew Barrymore has revealed how working on her upcoming Netflix “zom com” helped her to deal with a difficult time in her life.

Barrymore, who is set to star in hotly anticipated Santa Clarita Diet, out on Friday (3 February), said filming for the show helped distract her from her recent divorce from Will Kopelman, her husband of four years.

“When I started the show, my life was falling apart,” the 41-year-old actor told the LA Times.

“And I know it’s sounds melodramatic, but I felt like my dreams were dying. It was a really hard time for me.”

Barrymore in Santa Clarita Diet

Barrymore in Santa Clarita Diet

Before filming began, Barrymore and the show’s director, Victor Fresco, decided to let her character, Sheila, “parallel" her life.

Not in terms of occupation – Sheila is a real estate agent who turns into a zombie – but in terms of gradually overcoming adversity.



“We sort of made this plan of how Sheila would go from Cro-Magnon to erect human through the course of the show,” Barrymore said.

On the red carpet of the Golden Globes last month

On the red carpet of the Golden Globes last month

And focusing on the show allowed the star and her children, Olive, four, and Frankie, three, to spend more quality time together.

“This show gave me and my children this wonderful adventure,” Barrymore added.

“The only way I could put it is, I felt like someone had dimmed my light. And by the end of the show, I felt so bright; like I was burning at full mass.”

The star has also previously opened up about her battle with post-partum depression and drug addiction.