Deafening cheers welcomed American stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant when they graced a red-carpet event at the SM Megamall on Monday.
Speaking before a jampacked crowd, Barrymore said it’s "overwhelming" to be greeted by huge smiles from their Filipino fans.
“A moment like this, this is not like real life when you wake up every day and try to take care of your kids and you’re in sweat pants and all of a sudden, this crazy dream happens. It’s surreal and it’s beautiful and it’s overwhelming. I know a moment like this will stay with me forever,” Barrymore said.
Olyphant, for his part, expressed how much he appreciates the Filipino brand of hospitality.
“Thank you guys so much. What she said. It’s very, very lovely. We appreciate the warm welcome. It means a great deal,” he said.
Much to everyone’s surprise, Olyphant revealed some of his connections to the Philippines.
“I used to live here. I lived in Davao. When I was young, my father worked for Del Monte and we lived here for a little bit. It was a very short time,” he said.
As if that wasn’t awesome enough, Olyphant added. “And my great grandfather, he was the head of engineering at the University of the Philippines.”
The two are currently in the Philippines to promote the second season of their Netflix original series “Santa Clarita Diet.”
The official synopsis of the show reads: “In “Santa Clarita Diet,” Joel (Olyphant) and Sheila (Barrymore) are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenaged daughter Abby (Liv Hewson), until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending their lives down a road of death and destruction...but in a good way.
“Picking up right where it left off, Season 2 of 'Santa Clarita Diet' finds the Hammonds trying to adapt to Sheila’s now-advanced undead state -- even though she’s 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’s no longer going unnoticed."
Despite the outrageous plot, Barrymore said the show is simply about a family who fights to stay together and make it work.
“I think that is relatable to any couple on the planet whatever the circumstances are. It’s an optimistic and funny and happy show about this couple who has such crazy circumstances going on around them. They are just trying to live their normal daily life. It’s a fun show,” she said.
Olyphant echoed Barrymore: “If you put aside the blood, it’s really quite a lovely, heartwarming show.”
The two arrived in the Philippines on Sunday. While their trip to the country may be short, they hope to come back and see the country's magnificent beaches one day.