Reneé Rapp Reflected On The “Scary” Moment When Drew Barrymore’s Alleged “Stalker” Rushed The Stage During Their Live Interview After Being Praised For Her Quick Reaction

Last month, Reneé was praised for her quick reaction when an alleged “stalker” attempted to get close to Drew by rushing the stage during their conversation at the 92nd Street Y.

Reneé Rapp opened up about the scary encounter she and Drew Barrymore experienced last month in New York City.

A close-up of Reneé Rapp posing on the red carpet in a corset top and coat

For a quick refresher, on Aug. 21, a live talk between Drew and Reneé at the 92nd Street Y was suddenly interrupted when a member of the audience yelled Drew’s name.

A close-up of Drew Barrymore smiling on the red carpet

In video footage of the live encounter that circulated on social media last month, Drew appears visibly startled but quickly attempts to locate the person who shouted, saying, “Oh my god, yes? Hi.”

Close-up of Drew at the 92nd Street Y looking shocked

Despite Drew’s enthusiasm for engaging with the audience member, it quickly became apparent that something was awry as the man rushed toward the base of the stage, identifying himself to her as “Chad Michael Busto.”

Close-up of Drew and Reneé onstage at the 92nd Street Y looking shocked

As he got closer to the stage, the intruder told Drew, “You know who I am. I need to see you at some point while you're in New York.”

Close-up of Drew smiling at a media event

Within seconds, security guards stepped in to block him from coming any nearer, while Reneé quickly stood and ushered Drew off the stage.

Close-up of Drew and Reneé at the 92nd Street Y walking offstage

Thankfully, the man was escorted from the premises, and Drew and Reneé were able to return to the stage and resume their conversation shortly after.

Close-up of Drew and Reneé onstage at the 92nd Street Y

At the time, fans on social media praised the pair for their professionalism. More specifically, Reneé was hailed for the speed with which she stood up to protect Drew from any potential harm.

One person said "Renee was so QUICK with the reaction!"

“Before he even got anywhere near them Renee was like ‘Nope, this is not good, we’re out,’” one person wrote beneath the footage on TikTok last month. “That’s some good instinct.”

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“The way Renee knew instantly and stood in front of Drew until she got up to make sure she was safe 🤍,” added someone else in the comments section.

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And now, more than two weeks on, Reneé is looking back on the “jarring” onstage experience during a new interview with Jay Shetty.

Close-up of Reneé seated and talking into a microphone

Speaking in this week’s installment of Jay’s On Purpose podcast, Reneé got candid about the scare and admitted she was very shaken by the whole encounter.

Close-up of Reneé sitting onstage holding a microphone

“I feel like even to say it out loud feels more vulnerable and susceptible, or I feel like to even say it out loud, it sounds so silly and ‘Woe is me,’” she began, “but I really was so weirded out by that whole thing.”

Close-up of Reneé seated and talking into a microphone

The Sex Lives of College Girls star proceeded to praise Drew: “She’s such a G and she’s such a pro and sadly has probably had that happen her entire life.”

Close-up of Drew at a media event

She continued: “I've never been in situations where that has happened to myself, luckily, or anybody around me. That was so scary.”

Close-up of Reneé seated and talking into a microphone

Sharing her recollection of the encounter, Reneé said that, similarly to Drew, she was initially confused by the man’s intentions.

Close-up of Reneé

“He had a bag on him and I was just like, ‘OK, I just don't know where this could go,’” she remembered. “Also, I live in fight or flight just by the nature of having so much anxiety. So when you see me twitch in that video and go, it’s half of a) I'm a pretty transparent person — if somebody scares me, you're going to know, and b) that was so jarring for me.”

Close-up of Reneé seated and talking into a microphone

She finished by reiterating that she’d never experienced anything like it before: “I know it sounds very 'Woe is me' and silly — but it did scare the hell out of me.”

Close-up of Reneé talking into a microphone

Two days after the incident at 92NY, TMZ reported that the same man was arrested outside Drew’s Southampton home in New York after showing up uninvited. Drew was apparently not home at the time.

Close-up of Drew smiling at a media event

Earlier this week, TMZ followed up with another report claiming that Drew’s “alleged stalker” now has a warrant out for his arrest after failing to show up to get a GPS monitor from authorities following his arrest in New York.

Close-up of Drew smiling and wearing a gauzy V-neck outfit

You can listen to Reneé’s full interview with Jay Shetty here.

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