Robert De Niro leads an all-star cast in Everybody's Fine. The two-time Oscar winner plays Frank Goode, a widower whose three kids have bailed for the holidays. Frank decides to travel to see each of them individually, including Rosie, played by Drew Barrymore.
"I was very tactile with him," she said of her efforts to make their characters' father-daughter bond stronger. "We had meals together… I was always grabbing his hand or his arm, just being silly with him. I just thought that gave us a connection."
And the outgoing star said she even had a nickname for the iconic actor.
"[I called him] Daddy D," she smiled.
"Everybody's Fine," due this Friday, is the story of a father (De Niro) reconnecting with his kids – and Drew said she's seen the movie cause tears.
"I'm so glad to be part of something that's such an emotional journey," she said of the film. "All my friends, they're crying at the end."
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