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Drew Barrymore shares the first time she met Robin Williams at the age 7: 'He means so much'

Barrymore shares how Williams impacted her and the lives of millions across the world with his work and personality.

Drew Barrymore shares the first time she met Robin Williams at the age 7: 'He means so much'
Cover Image Source: Presenter Robin Williams speaks during the 35th Annual People's Choice Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium - (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for PCA)

During his acting career, Robin Williams made the way into the hearts of millions across the world. He left a deep impact on the lives of so many people and he is still remembered and missed fondly. Drew Barrymore had a special moment with Robin Williams at a young age. On Tuesday, February 12, the actor interviewed Kathryn Newton, Cole Sprouse and Williams' daughter, Zelda Williams, on her show for the film, "Lisa Frankenstein," reports PEOPLE. While talking to Zelda, Barrymore recalled the first time she met Robin Williams when she was 7 years old. 


Barrymore told Zelda, "Your father was the great Robin Williams" and it was met with a round of applause from the audience. After which, Zelda told her that she looked "emotional." The 48-year-old said that it is because "he means so much to so many people." She continued, "And I got the privilege of meeting him for the first time when I was seven in 1982. Steven Spielberg brought him to Saturday Night Live that I was seven..." The audience reacted to it with awe so she exclaimed with a fist pump, "Still the youngest host, yes! I wasn't nervous until your dad came, and then I got nervous."

"He's so wonderful and he's put so much beauty into this world and he means so much to people," she said. "I'm so thrilled that you're continuing to carry out your family legacy," she shared with 9news. "I’m so thrilled that you’re continuing to carry out your family legacy."

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Williams died by suicide in 2014, he was 63 years old at that time. In an interview with ET, Zelda had spoken about the moments she felt inspired by her dad. Remembering the first set she ever visited, she said, "I was fascinated by it early. When you're that young, I don't think you grasp that it's a job, really; just like a fun thing you go and visit." She was talking about visiting her father on the set of the 1999 sci-fi comedy-drama, "Bicentennial Man." She went on to say, "That was when I was old enough to really understand that there was a whole bunch of jobs you could also do. And that set was really beautiful. Chris Columbus runs a really wonderful set and he's such a kind human that I think you weren't walking into a space that felt tense as well. So, really, it gives you a false sense of security in our industry because then you go and you're like, 'Oh, none of these things get to be made anymore.' Like these huge sets."

Image Source: Zelda Williams (L) and Robin Williams arrive to the Los Angeles premiere of
Image Source: Zelda Williams (L) and Robin Williams arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Old Dogs" held at the El Capitan Theatre(Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images)

Recently talking about her directorial debut, "Lisa Frankenstein," Zelda told PEOPLE that it was a "really daunting" task to direct a script from Diablo Cody. "I think that was the thing that scared me most as far as tone goes," she said. "Starting with a campy comedy can be really daunting. But I'm very grateful. We had such a good time." However, Cody has full confidence in her. Before the film's release, she said, "Zelda is a really captivating person because she is so intelligent, she's so literate in film and she's so direct and confident in a way that directors need to be.” She added, "The very first time we met, I thought to myself, 'I can't believe this person has never directed a feature before, because I feel like I'm meeting someone who's 10 films in. It was that confidence that drew me to her and also just that she had such an innate understanding of the source material."


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