Drew Barrymore Reveals George Clooney's Advice About 'Eye Contact' That She Says 'Saved Me'

The former costars made the 2002 film 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' together

<p>Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic</p> Drew Barrymore and George Clooney in 2002

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Drew Barrymore and George Clooney in 2002

Drew Barrymore credits George Clooney for at least one valuable bit of advice.

On The Drew Barrymore Show this week, the actress spoke with Masters of the Air stars Austin Butler and Callum Turner. Turner recently starred in the movie The Boys in the Boat directed by Clooney, prompting Barrymore to recall working with the Oscar winner.

"So, George Clooney. As an actor, I loved working with him. He saved me from doing things that I don’t think were serving me as an actor," said Barrymore, who worked with him on the 2002 film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which Clooney also directed.

"He would say, ‘You never keep eye contact with people in a scene,' " recalled Barrymore, 48. "I’m like, ‘Well, 'cause it’s so intimate. Should we make out while we’re at it?' Like, eye contact is insane."

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<p>Miramax/courtesy Everett Collection</p> Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell and George Clooney on the set of 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' (2002)

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Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell and George Clooney on the set of 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' (2002)

British actor Turner, 33, joked to the host, "I’m feeling the pressure to not take my eyes off you right now!"

Barrymore added, "It’s a very big deal in life, eye contact, and I almost feel like it's a little invasive so I sort of shy away from it. But George helped me realize I should not do that."

Clooney, 62, appeared on Barrymore's talk show back in October 2022. At the time, she told Entertainment Tonight about the reunion and filming the episode, in which he acted as her "therapist."

In terms of dating advice, Barrymore says witnessing Clooney's romance with wife Amal is enough to take note of.

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<p>Taylor Hill/WireImage</p> Drew Barrymore

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Drew Barrymore

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“For me, looking at him and the way that he kind of held out for the right one is really good dating advice for all of us," said Barrymore at the time.

"I know that George is someone who always wants the best for people too. I think he sees sort of bad behavior or negligent behavior or, like, cuckoo behavior and goes, ‘No, no,’ but he’s also the guy that is playing pranks, having the most fun."

"[He] is totally devious and delicious, so he sort of embodies someone who is on the right life path like a very sage human being he always has been," she added to ET. "He knows good from bad and right from wrong and yet he’s not lacking in any fun or mischief. He’s the most potent combination."

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