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Photos and Quotes of Drew Barrymore in Elle Magazine May 2009

Drew Barrymore Is Ready to Get Scared Again

Drew Barrymore gives us a friendly smirk on the May cover of Elle magazine. She's out continuing to promote her upcoming HBO film Grey Gardens, which debuts on April 18. She opened up a little about her personal life before touching on her acting career and how she promised to transform herself for the role. Here's more:

  • On her breakup from Fabrizio: "It's hard to be with someone for five years and say, 'This isn’t going to work.' But it was a time in my life where I finally just said, 'I can’t live for anyone else anymore.' I have to be on my own."
  • On her career: "I’m in my thirties now, and I really want to try all the things that I haven’t gotten to do yet, like directing, and doing a drama. I’ve produced and gotten to do a lot of optimistic love stories, and that was so where I was at for 10 years in my life. And now I feel like, Okay, now I know how to do that. I wanted to get scared again."

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  • On preparing for her role in Grey Gardens: "I knew this was not a courtesy meeting, but not far from it. I didn’t want to come in there like a hungry freak. But I also felt every second counting. So — polite conversation, then he started looking through my binder, and I saw his demeanor change, actually noticing all the hard work I had put into it. So I just put it out there. I said, 'Look — I have all of this inside of me, and I promise you that I will change my face to be her. I will learn how to stop talking out of the side of my mouth. I will go to school to relearn body language. I will shut out the world. I will not talk to my friends. I will give up my life for this, because I don’t think you can play this character and have a social life and balance the two mentalities. I won’t act. I’ll become this person.'"

Drew has mentioned before how hard her breakup with Fabrizio was, but she seems to be moving on with her recently rekindled interest in Justin Long. It'll be interesting to see her take on more serious roles, but Drew's not done with romantic comedies just yet.


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Electric-Bird Electric-Bird 8 years
I can't agree, Sylvana. I guess each actor has his or her own technique.
LeChatonNoir LeChatonNoir 8 years
Drew! Nooo! That was disturbing.... You NEVER need to sacrifice your personal life for the sake of playing a character. If you have faith in your talent and imagination, they are more than powerful enough to embody a character. Going back to school to get rid of ticks is one thing, but calculatedly boycotting her social life to get into character is where an artist should draw the line.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i was watching tv last night and saw a whole story on Grey Gardens and now that i know more about it i can't wait to see it!
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
Love her! She's charming and charismatic :)
karen-zoo karen-zoo 8 years
She looks fantastic!
nivradmitch828 nivradmitch828 8 years
i love much..she's been in the business for so long now and she still has the charisma...
craving_vintage craving_vintage 8 years
Love that cover! And I can't wait for GG.
ShelleyHFan ShelleyHFan 8 years
Lol, exactly Cakeemmi!
ShelleyHFan ShelleyHFan 8 years
SeptemberR, will listen to yourself? Oh my goodness, she's not talking about being in a relationship and neglicting a partner but about being independent and okay with that. Even if you are with someone you don't stop being HUMAN and individual, you're not supposed to be a robot, it certainly doesn't make you less loving!
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I love her!
wicca_08 wicca_08 8 years
I wanna know whom she'll end up with.
cupcakeemmi cupcakeemmi 8 years
Oh cool. I will stop loving myself and find the love of my life. You should consider becoming a counselor for that SeptemberRai ;)
Louie Louie 8 years
When she doesn't dress like a 12-year old on crack, she looks absolutely beautiful.
SeptemberRain SeptemberRain 8 years
With an attitude like "it was time I stop living for someone else and live for myself" she will NEVER find lasting happiness. That's what makes a relationship for each other...when you put someone else before yourself, in turn you get back what you have put in..if two people truly love each other...
wendybird33 wendybird33 8 years
She is so gorgeous!
Beautiful-Price Beautiful-Price 8 years
If only Jennifer Aniston would take steps like this. Drew realizes that there's so many romantic comedies she can do. Now i's time to hit the great acting in dramas.
Tulipe Tulipe 8 years
Drew's been around for so long, I'm having trouble processing that she's only 33 !
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