The Notting Hill actor has revealed how the Charlie’s Angels star “made out” with him for 10 minutes after they bumped into one another.
The pair recalled the incident as Hugh was a guest on Drew’s US chat show on Thursday.
Drew told of how she spotted Hugh at the Waverly Inn restaurant in New York City.
“I don’t think we’ve ever talked about this,” she said. “I’d had a few drinks, and I walked in, and I ran into you, and instead of saying hello, I grabbed you by the collar, and I fully started kissing you.”
“Yes, I remember that,” Hugh smiled.
Drew said his facial expression was one that said ‘You’ve never greeted me that way before’, adding: “And then you had a second thought, and you were like, ‘You know, I’m not hating this.’
“And then we flirted, and then we were like, ‘OK, yeah, bye! See you soon.’”
Sharing his version of events, Hugh said: “It was really bizarre.
“I was very drunk as well, and I was with some very nice but not drunk studio executives from L.A., and they were very surprised.
“Someone said, ‘Oh, there’s Drew Barrymore.’ I get up to say hi, and then we make out for 10 minutes, and then I sit down again, and we go and talk about the script.”
“Well, I guess we’ve grown up a bit,” added Drew, who starred in the film Music And Lyrics alongside Hugh.
During the interview, Drew reminded Hugh of how she’d sent him a letter of support in 1995 when his misdemeanours were headline news, before they’d even met.
“Oh my god, you did, you were so nice!” Hugh remembered. “It was during the dark days of my Divine Brown scandal, I was just an idiot. I was a grown-up idiot who got caught by the police.”
Watch the pair discuss their friendship in the video below...