Recently a passenger on EgyptAir flipped open their in-flight magazine and saw something almost as questionable as a fake mounted squirrel torso from SkyMall. They got an “interview” with Drew Barrymore that clearly wasn’t conducted with Drew Barrymore.
Twitter user Adam Baron was on an EgyptAir flight to Cairo when he noticed there was something suspicious about the interview he was reading in EgyptAir’s in-flight magazine Horus starring Drew Barrymore.
This interview with Drew Barrymore in the Egypt Air in flight magazine is, umm, surreal. pic.twitter.com/fN3lNHXbL0
— Adam Baron (@adammbaron) October 2, 2018
There’s words and pictures and questions and answers, and it’s printed in a magazine, which would lead you to believe it’s a legitimate interview with Drew. But the first clue that something is off is located in within the first few lines of text. Text that reads like a judgemental mother-in-law’s opening paragraph of her annual holiday letter.
“Despite being unstable in her relationships most of her life, despite the several unsuccessful marriages and despite the busy life of stardom that dominated her life for several years; the beautiful American Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore has recently decided to temporary [sic] take an unlimited vacation to play her most crucial role as a mother.”
As if that wasn’t judgy enough, there’s also this:
“It is known that Barrymore has had almost 17 relationships, engagements and marriages. Psychologists believe that her behavior is only natural since she lacked the male role model in her life after her parents’ divorce when she was only 9 years. Ever since that time, she has been subconsciously seeking attention and care from a male figure; but unfortunately things do not always go as planned and she has not yet succeeded in any relationship for various reasons.”
There’s no way she would have approved the words written by the article’s author Aida Tekla. And of course, it turns out she didn’t. A spokesperson for Drew tells HuffPo that she didn’t participate in an interview with Horus, and they’re currently working with EgyptAir’s PR team regarding the matter. It’s not just the weird tone of the piece that’s a problem, but also the fact that the author Aida Tekla appears to have flat-out made up answers on Drew’s behalf. Like about dieting after giving birth and women’s rights.
I hope Drew’s team gets to the bottom of this, because EgyptAir seems to think the interview was legit. The official Twitter account for EgyptAir responded to a tweet regarding the article, and they swear it happened between Drew and a very legitimate former member of the HFPA.
Dear sir, this a professional magazine interview conducted by Dr. Aida Tekla Former president of the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) and one of the voting members of the Golden Globes.
— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) October 3, 2018
HuffPo points out that they’re most likely referring to Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly, who could not be reached for comment. There are so many suspicious layers here! Did Dr. Aida make up an interview so fake that she even spelled her last name wrong? Did an intern at Horus make up an interview and pulled Dr. Aida’s name from thin air? But the biggest question I have is how Horus summoned the nerve to describe Drew’s most crucial role as being a mother. Sure, it’s very important. But what is Josie “Grossie” Gellar, chopped liver?