Arie Kopelman, Drew Barrymore, Harry Kargman

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Drew Barrymore ran into her ex-husband Will Kopelman's father and brother-in-law earlier this week, but it wasn't the meeting you might expect when dealing with one's former in-laws. 

The actress spoke at a panel about building online brands for companies during Advertising Week on Tuesday and couldn't help but gush about Will's father, Arie—the Vice Chairman of Chanel—and his brother-in-law, Harry Kargman.

At one point, Arie joked that he didn't see any royalties after helping Barrymore create the packaging details for her cosmetic company, Flower Beauty. However, the actress was quick to retort, "I gave you two granddaughters," she said as the crowd laughed. "And they love their poppy!" 

She continued in praising her daughters, Olive and Frankie's grandfather as she told the crowd, "He's the grandfather of all grandfathers. He always says there's nothing overrated about being a grandparent and he is the ultimate grandparent." 

Of course, Arie couldn't let her off the hook so easily. "And you know the old joke: why are grandparents and grandchildren so close?" he asked. "They have a common enemy!" he teased the actress. "Just kidding!"

Drew Barrymore, Will Kopelman

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Though Barrymore finalized her divorce from Will in August, less than a month after filing, it should come as no surprise that she still gets along well with his family.

In fact, in an interview with Good Housekeeping in April, she said, "I don't think there was one moment when I knew I wanted to spend my life with Will. It was a sweeping, fluid process. It was falling in love with his family, being ready to have a family of my own and thinking if I had a family with this family, it would be really wonderful. Sometimes there's just a time to go for it with a good person."


The former couple originally split in March and ended up filing for divorce in July.

They released a joint statement following their split, saying, "Sadly our family is separating legally, although we do not feel this takes away from us being a family. Divorce might make one feel like a failure, but eventually you start to find grace in the idea that life goes on. Our children are our universe, and we look forward to living the rest of our lives with them as the first priority."

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