Hugh Grant Revisits ‘Regrettable’ Comments About Such Co-Stars As Drew Barrymore, Julianne Moore

Actor Hugh Grant recently had the chance to revisit comments from a past interview that he made about several of his former female co-stars.

During an appearance on the Graham Norton Show, Hugh Grant was asked about the comments he initially made during a 2009 interview with Elle magazine.

When asked if he remembered some of the things that he said about his former leading ladies, Hugh Grant simply responded by saying “I think it was regrettable.”

In the original interview, Hugh was asked to use three adjectives to describe some of the female co-stars that were named off – starting with his Four Weddings and a Funeral co-star Andie MacDowell.

  • Andie MacDowell (Four Weddings and a Funeral): “Southern belle. Charming. Gorgeous.”
  • Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility): “Clever, funny, mad as a chair.”
  • Renée Zellweger (Bridget Jones’ Diary): “Delightful. Also far from sane. Very good kisser.”
  • Sandra Bullock (Two Weeks Notice): “A genius. A German. Too many dogs.”
  • Julianne Moore (Nine Months): “Brilliant actress. Loathes me.”
  • Rachel Weisz (About a Boy): “Clever. Beautiful. Despises me.”
  • Drew Barrymore (Music and Lyrics): “Made her cry. Stunning film-star face. Hates me.”

Graham Norton went down the same list to apparently give Hugh Grant a chance to confirm, deny or even change his opinion on quite a few of them.

When asked about Emma Thompson, Hugh was essentially able to have Graham Norton confirm his comment for him since he knew her as well.

Grant stated his original comments about Renée Zellweger were also “fair.” He further explained that the Chicago actress is “genuinely lovely” but “her emails are 48 pages long” and “you can’t understand a word of them.”

While reviewing the leading actresses that he claimed hated him, Hugh Grant said that his Nine Months co-star Julianne Moore “definitely” hates him. However, he seemed to clarify his “despises me” comment about Rachel Weisz, claiming that the two of them “got along fine.” When it came to Drew Barrymore, Grant explained a key moment in their working relationship while filming Music and Lyrics which may have caused him to comment the way that he did.

“She made the mistake of giving me notes.”

He turned to Meryl Streep, his newest leading lady in the upcoming film Florence Foster Jenkins and asked her how she would take that if someone tried to give her notes on set. Streep relied on her witty comic timing by responding directly to Hugh, saying, “I took them very well, didn’t I?”

Hugh Grant and Meryl Streep star together in Florence Forester Jenkins, a Stephen Frears-directed movie which is scheduled for its theatrical release late this month. Streep plays the titular character of Florence Forester Jenkins, an opera singer that is known for her horrible singing. Hugh Grant stars as St. Claire Bayfield, Jenkins’ second husband.

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