“Santa Clarita Diet" stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant in Manila. Netflix/Released

Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant share fond Philippine memories
Deni Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo (Philstar.com) - March 12, 2018 - 8:13pm

MANILA, Philippines — “Oh, I love it!” Hollywood royalty and Golden Globe winner Drew Barrymore told Philstar.com when asked about her Philippine experience.

“Beautiful and amazing!” Primetime Emmy Award winner Timothy Olyphant said of the Philippines, where he used to live until two years old. 

Timothy told members of the press, including Philstar.com, in a round table interview on Monday afternoon that he keeps many childhood photo albums shot in Manila. He said a former family house help came from Davao.

Olyphant and Barrymore were in the country for the second season red carpet premiere of their Netflix original series "Santa Clarita Diet."

Drew first came to Manila in 2016 to study the market for her makeup brand.

“I was here two years ago for a beauty trip. I have a company called Flower Beauty makeup…I was here to see our distribution here because I want to bring our company here,” she shared.

This time around, she returned to the country “to meet with SM” to possibly bring her company in the Philippines “in empowerment of women,” she said on the red carpet.

“At least now, I get to see the beaches. We’re always in cities, which is great, but I’d really love to see the island life here. I mean, it’s supposed to be a paradise,” she told Philstar.com about her Philippine comeback.

The stars are also in Manila to promote the second season of “Santa Clarita Diet,” a “show about family” and “trying to make you laugh about how crazy life is,” Barrymore said on the red carpet.

Filipinos, said Timothy, have been giving Drew their jewelry. “Stop! Don’t give her anything!” he quipped.

The actress has been very appreciative of Filipinas’ accessories and fashion sense.

In the series, Barrymore plays Sheila Hammond, a successful real estate agent and mother in Santa Clarita, California, who leads a perfectly happy life — until one day she wakes up feeling a little well, undead. Despite her hunger for human flesh and a more adventurous life, she tries to carry on and appear normal to the outside world.

Meanwhile, Olyphant plays Joel Hammond, Sheila’s high-school sweetheart and husband with whom she shares everything: a career in real estate, a daughter who means the world to them, a picturesque suburban life. After Sheila develops her mysterious condition, he does whatever it takes to keep his family intact. 

Besides playing the lead characters, Drew and Timothy are also among the series’ executive producers.

The season two of "Santa Clarita Diet" finds the Hammonds trying to adapt to Sheila’s now-advanced undead state — even though she is desperately working to hold on to her suburban lifestyle and not be defined as just another monster. Unfortunately, while the family has become markedly better at murder, the number of missing people in Santa Clarita is starting to pile up and it is no longer going unnoticed. Meanwhile, the Hammonds are chasing the source of the virus, so they can stop it from spreading and save humanity. Through it all, Sheila and Joel are grounded by their unconditional love for one another. 

From acclaimed creator and executive producer Victor Fresco, "Santa Clarita Diet" also stars Liv Hewson and Skyler Gisondo. Aaron Kaplan, Tracy Katsky, Chris Miller, and Ember Truesdell are also executive producers of the series.

The second season of “Santa Clarita Diet” will be launching on Netflix on March 23.

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