Never Been Kissed's epic football field smooch is one that's hard to forget, and it seems like there were a lot more feelings going on behind the scenes for its stars than the audience might have thought.
Drew Barrymore – who played leading lady Josie Geller – sat for a reunion on The Drew Barrymore Show with her co-stars Molly Shannon, David Arquette and, of course, Michael Vartan, who played her love interest on the 1999 film.
Talking to Drew, the Alias actor confessed that their kiss was "real" and he barely managed to keep it cool.
In the movie directed by Raja Gosnell, Barrymore plays journalist Josie Geller, going back to high school for an assignment and falling for her English teacher, Sam Coulson (Vartan).
Once Josie reveals she is not a high schooler after all and opens up on her feelings for Sam in a column, the film exits problematic territory and enters romcom magic with one of the dreamiest ending scenes ever.
Josie waits for Sam on the football pitch to finally receive her very first kiss. It's been more than twenty years, so we can safely reveal that yes, Sam does show up and the pair share a long, passionate kiss in front of an audience.
While smooching in front a bunch of people might not be everyone's cup of tea, Vartan did certainly like it. In fact, he liked it so much he, well, became a little uncomfortable.
"So I get up to the [pitcher's] mound, we embrace and we start kissing, and you really kissed me," Vartan said on The Drew Barrymore Show.
"I mean, you really kissed me. I was not... I was not ready for it in the least. And I am a man – I was a very young man back then. And you know, I had feelings – the feelings were just, they just happened, and I very quickly realised I was in a very bad spot because I was wearing very, very loose, sort of like slacks."
Vartan had to fake a back injury to cut the scene early.
"And I thought, 'This is going to be a disaster when they cut, I must preemptively end this,'" he said. "So what I did is, in a panic, I just yelled, 'Cut!' and bent over and said, 'Oh, guys, sorry. My back. I put my back out playing ball.'"
He continued: "I went off into my corner and I was thinking horrible thoughts. And so finally I was able to compose myself, and luckily the subsequent scenes went on without a hitch."
"But you're a very good kisser," he told Barrymore, who didn't deny kissing him passionately. Au contraire.
"You know, you weren't married at the time. So yeah, I went for it, because you were single, and I felt like I wasn't going to offend anybody."
Never Been Kissed is streaming now on Disney+.
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