Drew Barrymore Gets Emotional After Meeting 'Firestarter' Replacement

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Ashabi Azeez

Drew Barrymore certainly approves of her Firestarter replacement. The talk show host got emotional as she shared a moment with the actress who replaced her in the reboot of Firestarter after meeting her for the first time. 

The two met for the first time on The Drew Barrymore Show, and soon as Drew saw her, she couldn't hold back her tears.

Meeting The Young Star

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47-year-old Drew and 12-year-old Ryan Kiera Armstrong, who played Charlie in the 1984 and 2022 versions of Firestarter, have finally met on The Drew Barrymore Show. The two got emotional and shed years over finally being able to meet and bond over their role. Ryan Kiera Armstrong is to take on the main character role of eleven-year-old Charlie, who catches on fire in the reboot of Firestarter. Zac Efron is replacing David Keith, who played the original role of her dad. 

An Emotional Moment

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Although Drew was happy to pass on the role to the up-and-coming actress, the moment was an emotional one for the two 'firestarters.' As soon as Ryan appeared on stage, they embraced and expressed disbelief over finally being able to meet. "I'm so happy to meet you," the Daytime TV host gushed in between tears. The young star could also not hold back her tears as she expressed the same sentiment.

The mom-of-two commended Ryan for her work in the reboot. Drew urged fans to go watch the movie, which is now out in theaters. "I love the incredible @ryankarmstrong so much. The baton is passed to her! You must see @firestartermov!" she captioned the heartfelt video.

Advice To Young Self

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While walking the red carpet for the 26th Annual Webby Awards, the TV host spoke up about the advice she would give to a young Drew who struggled with addiction at a young age. Her younger self, who wanted wild, rebellious fun, would not listen to her advice, she told PEOPLE Monday.

"But I have better advice for myself now. I like trying to tell myself to please react with grace. Be on the high road. Don't flip out about everything. Find calm, find peace," she said. "Those are the things I wish I could've told myself when I was a kid, but I would have never thought those things were possible, nor did I want them at the time. Now I want them." 

Wild Past

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The actress has been open about her wild past, including being admitted to Van Nuys Psychiatric Hospital for 18 months when she was 13 years old. In celebration of the season two premiere of The Drew Barrymore show, Drew, who lives in New York, took a tour of Los Angeles and stopped by at the institution where she spent time as a child. She recorded the tour in a video, discussing how it shaped her into the woman she is today.