Drew Barrymore is proving to Hugh Grant just what her voice can do after he jokingly called her singing “horrendous.”
During a WIRED video interview posted Monday, where he answers “the web’s most-searched questions,” the Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves actor was asked, “Does Hugh Grant actually sing in Music and Lyrics?” He responded that he does, but he’s “auto-tuned beyond belief. Actually, that’s not true. I’m auto-tuned a bit, but not as much as some.”
While laughing, the actor went on to say that Barrymore, who starred opposite him in the 2007 rom-com, wouldn’t mind him saying that “her singing is just horrendous” in the film.
The Marc Lawrence-directed film follows former music superstar Alex Fletcher (Grant) who gets an opportunity at a career comeback when he’s asked to write a song for teen sensation Cora Corman (Haley Bennett). The only problem is he can’t compose lyrics, so he teams up with Sophie Fisher (Barrymore), a younger woman who has a way with words, to help write a song.
Grant, who recently went viral after an awkward Oscars red carpet interview with Ashley Graham, didn’t stop there. “I’ve heard dogs bark better than she sings,” he added in a joking manner. “But … once they tuned her up, she sounded way better than me, because she’s got heart and voice and rock ‘n’ roll. Whereas I sounded like Julie Andrews and I meant to be kind of rock ‘n’ roll as well.”
Following the WIRED interview, the Charlie’s Angels actress was all smiles when she took to Instagram Thursday to share a clip of her singing “Way Back Into Love,” from Music and Lyrics, with the caption “#SingForHughGrant JOIN ME.” After showing off her vocals, she addresses Grant, saying, “Oh Hugh, Bert, Hubert, that’s for you.”