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.