Drew Barrymore, co-star of the "Fever Pitch" Movie!
Hollywood spotlight has been a familiar scene for Drew since a young age, as spent her childhood plastered in tabloids because of her wild partying and drug addiction. Since then, she's made many memorable films, such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Poison Ivy (1992), Batman Forever (1995), The Wedding Singer (1998), Charlie's Angels (2000), and 50 First Dates (2004). Drew was born on February 22, 1975, in Culver City, California. Being from a family that produced legendary actors John, Lionel, and Ethel Barrymore, it's no wonder Drew quickly found her way to the spotlight. When she was barely 11 months old, she made her first television commercial for Puppy Choice dog food. Other TV spots soon followed for Pillsbury chocolate-chip cookies and Rice Krispies cereal. But it was clear she was destined for greater things. She made her first movie at the age of two when she appeared as a boy in the made-for-television film Suddenly, Love (1978). Another TV movie followed with Bogie (1980), in which she played Leslie Bogart. That same year, at the age of five, she moved to the big screen and played William Hurt's daughter in the philosophical science-fiction film Altered States. Two years later, she was cast as Gertie in the Steven Spielberg blockbuster E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
The success of E.T. made her quite popular, and after Irreconcilable Differences (1984), her next two projects were adaptations of Stephen King works, namely Firestarter (1984) and Cat's Eye (1985). But at the same time, Drew's personal life was taking a drastic turn. At the age of nine, she discovered alcohol when she got drunk at a party thrown for actor Rob Lowe. A year later, she had moved up to marijuana; cocaine came soon after. During this time, she made a series of television movies: The Adventures of Con Sawyer and Hucklemary Finn (1985), Babes in Toyland (1986), and Conspiracy of Love (1987).
But by 1989, she was caught in a downward spiral. Her risqué role in the thriller Far From Home (1989) caused a lot of controversy and her heavy partying forced her mother, Jaid Barrymore, to commit her to a drug rehab clinic. Drew wasn't ready to give up her lifestyle and she soon escaped from the clinic. With her mother's credit card, she ran back to California, but she was quickly apprehended. To make amends, she appeared in an after-school special, 15 and Getting Straight (1989), about the virtues of a drug-free life. Nevertheless, she was still heavily addicted.
It was so bad that, in July 1989, she attempted to commit suicide. Another stint in a rehabilitation clinic followed, but this time the treatment was successful. What she did next shocked many; she decided her mother was a bad influence (her father, John Drew Barrymore, had never been part of her life) and obtained a legal separation from her. She was only 15.In 1990, she wrote her autobiography, Little Girl Lost, with the help of Todd Gold. It mostly dealt with her struggle with drug addiction and her life in the fast lane.
Knowing she had to get a grip on her life to re-establish her career, Drew appeared in the sexy thriller Poison Ivy (1992), as well as Guncrazy (1992), The Amy Fisher Story (1993), Doppelganger (1993) and Wayne's World 2 (1993).
At this point, Drew reinvented herself into a wild girl with roles in movies such as Bad Girls (1994), Boys on the Side (1995), Mad Love (1995), and Batman Forever (1995). She also appeared nude in the best-selling January 1995 issue of Play..boy magazine.
By then, Barrymore was getting older and seemed to start realizing that there is more to life than publicity stunts and shock value. She set out to build a distinguished career. Her first move was as the first victim of the masked killer in Scream (1996), alongside Neve Campbell. Her next projects were Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Best Men (1997), and Wishful Thinking (1997) with Jennifer Beals. It's at this moment that Hollywood became conscious that Drew Barrymore would make a great leading lady. She then appeared in The Wedding Singer with Adam Sandler, Ever After, and Home Fries, all 1998 features.
In 1998, Drew Barrymore also established her own production company, Flower Films. From then on, she had more control over her projects. She acted in and produced Never Been Kissed (1999) with Leelee Sobieski and Jessica Alba, Charlie's Angels (2000), Donnie Darko (2001), Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), the Ben Stiller comedy Duplex (2003), and A Confederacy of Dunces (2004). She also appeared in Riding in Cars with Boys (2001), Freddy Got Fingered (2001), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), and 50 First Dates (2004).
Her romantic life has been as rocky as her childhood. In 1994, she was married to Jeremy Thomas for a little over a month and, in 2001, she was married for five months to Canadian funnyman Tom Green. But she really seems to have a thing for musicians. She was once briefly linked to singer Jamie Walters and is currently engaged to Fabrizio Moretti, drummer of the band The Strokes.
More fun stuff about Drew Barrymore
Birth name: Drew Blythe Barrymore
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)
She was the Guest Host for "Saturday Night Live" (1975) when viewers voted that Andy Kaufman would never be allowed to return to the show.
Never finished high school.
Originally offered the lead role in Scream (1996) but chose to play Casey Becker because she thought it would be more fun.
Was engaged to Jamie Walters for a brief period of time.
Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. 
Granddaughter of actor John Barrymore and Dolores Costello - on her father's side.
Great-granddaughter of silent film actor Maurice Costello and Mae Costello.
She is half Hungarian from her mother's side.
Steven Spielberg is her godfather.
Daughter of John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore.
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1984" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 36. 
Steven Spielberg gave her a quilt for her birthday with a note "Cover yourself up". Enclosed was a copy of the January 1995 issue of Playboy Magazine for which she posed nude, with the pictures altered by Spielberg's art department so that she appeared fully clothed.
Her favorite poet is e.e. cummings.
She has 6 tattoos: a cross on her right ankle; a blue moon on her right big toe; a butterfly below her naval; a daisy on her inner left hip; on the middle of her back she has a cross held by an angel with a bar blocking out the name "Jaimie" (ex-boyfriend); on her lower right back she has an angel with a cross bearing the name of her mother "Jaid."
Won the 1999 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award for favorite movie actress.
Anna Strasberg is her godmother.
As a child, she auditioned for the role of Carol Ann in Poltergeist (1982).
She was formerly a vegan: "I don't eat a ton of meat, and I don't wear a ton of leather, but I just don't put strict limitations on myself anymore".
She was, at seven years old, the youngest person ever to host "Saturday Night Live" (1975).
Was offered the leading part of Nomi Malone in Showgirls (1995).
Her $3-million Beverly Hills mansion caught fire while she and fiance Tom Green were inside sleeping. The couple made it safely out, but the house was ruined. [February 2001]
During an appearance on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (1996), she said that she never watches any of the movies she stars in.
She and Tom Green married in a private ceremony in Malibu. [July 2001]
Published an autobiographic book titled 'Little Girl Lost' (co-written by herself and contributor Todd Gold) in 1990. At the time of completing the book she was 14.
Dated Eric Erlandson from the band Hole.
Married Tom Green twice, 1st eloping to the South Pacific in March, then in July 7 before family and friends in a ceremony in Malibu, California.
She and Tom Green honeymooned in Ireland.
"Drew" was the maiden name of her great-grandmother, Georgiana. Her middle name "Blythe" was the original surname of the acting dynasty founded by her great-grandfather, Maurice Costello, who changed it to Barrymore.
Great niece of famed actors, Ethel Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore.
Ranked #61 in Premiere's 2002 annual Power 100 List.
Measurements: 34C-24-34. (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
In honor of Bill Clinton turning 50, John Kennedy Jr. had Drew pose as Marilyn Monroe on the cover of his magazine, George, with the heading, "Happy Birthday, Mr. President," which Monroe sang to his father at the now-infamous 19 May 1962 Birthday Salute to President John F. Kennedy. (September 1996)
3 February 2004: Got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, joining her famous relatives Ethel Barrymore, John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore as recipients of that honor.
Currently engaged to Fabrizio Moretti, drummer in the band The Strokes. 
Godmother of the late Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's daughter, Francis Bean.
Referenced by name in the Invertigo song "Typical."
One of her hobbies is photography.
Owns her own production company, "Flower Films".
Favorite band is The Beatles.
She is allergic to garlic, bee stings, perfume and coffee.
Lived with 'David Crosby (I)' and his wife for over a year.
Half-sister of John Blyth Barrymore.
"I know certain actors are totally screwed up on drugs, yet it gets covered up. Why wasn't I excused for 'exhaustion' or 'the flu'?"
"There's something liberating about not pretending. Dare to embarrass yourself. Risk."
"If I ever start talking to you about my 'craft', my 'instrument', you have permission to shoot me."
"I believe in fate. I believe that everything happens for a reason, but I think it's important to seek out that reason - that's how you learn."
"I believe you can be the person that you dream of being."
"I try to make movies that I would want to go see rather than ones I would just want to do as an actor. I want people to have movies full of romance and hope and empowerment, something they can escape into and feel good about. I love happy endings." -- on her favorite movies to make.
"Every morning I stay in bed for ten minutes to ponder my place in the universe; then I wash my face and check my karma." - on her morning routine.
"Life is very interesting... in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths."
"I love levity. As crazy as I am, I just love to laugh!"
"I'm getting older so those dark circles are really starting to show. Now, I'm starting to look like Night of the Living Dead."
"When I lay my head on the pillow at night, I can say 'I was a decent person today.' That's when I feel beautiful."
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) $14,000,000
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) $250,000 (scale)
Donnie Darko (2001) $500,000
Charlie's Angels (2000) $9,000,000
Ever After (1998) $3,000,000
Scream (1996) $500,000
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) $75,000
Drew Barrymore: 50 First Dates
“ The happiness just shines through! ”
Drew Barrymore first came to the world's attention as Gertie in ET: The Extra-Terrestrial over 20 years ago - directed by her godfather, Steven Spielberg. But it's only in the last few years that Drew Barrymore has hit the A-List with credits including Never Been Kissed, Charlie's Angels, and The Wedding Singer, in which she starred opposite Adam Sandler. Now the two are reuniting for another romantic romp, 50 First Dates.
Was it fun to work with Adam Sandler again after The Wedding Singer?
It was so much fun! Adam's team and our company Flower Films [co-owned with Nancy Juvonen], we both saw this as an opportunity to really enjoy ourselves. The Wedding Singer was such a perfect experience and this was such a perfect experience. Maybe the happiness just shines through!
Having worked with Adam before, do you have an acting shorthand with him?
Adam and I ad libbed and improvised, and we had such a good time. You know the scene where Adam's character is trying to make me feel sorry for him at the side of the road and I pick up this stick and go after him? We ended up making such a big deal of it while we were shooting it, so it ended up being a much bigger scene than it was supposed to be. The crew was laughing so hard, which is very rare. It's hard to gauge whether something is good or funny, but I love to do whatever I can to make people laugh - including making a clown of myself.
Who made the initial approach for this onscreen reunion?
I did, actually. I have no problem letting people know what I'm thinking, or what my wishes and dreams are. I feel like, if you don't seize the opportunity and let people know where your head and heart is at, they're not mind readers and they might not know. Everything in life is worth the risk. When it came to The Wedding Singer, I said to Adam "I love your films. I loved you on Saturday Night Live. I am such a crazy fan of yours. I would love the chance to work with you. These are the things I have. What do you have?" And we ended up doing The Wedding Singer. Then on this film, my partner Nancy and I had read the script years before and loved it. When Adam's company acquired it, I just sat down at a typewriter and wrote him a letter explaining why I thought this should be the way we rejoin each other's company. It had such a strong story, and it was romantic, and thoughtful.
How did you go about conveying memory loss?
My boyfriend helped me research my character, which was really nice. You know, I think that every day has a new beginning whether you have your memory or not. Like the possibilities to overcome are always there, and certainly that's the way I live my life. But yes, there are people who have this condition and it is real. I think we were really sensitive to it because Adam's character is so beautiful, and kind, and patient, and inventive with my character. This is a guy who makes a girl fall in love with him every day. I think that's as good as you can get.
ShoWest Honoring George Lucas and Drew Barrymore
Producer-director George Lucas and actress-producer Drew Barrymore will be honored at the closing-night ceremony of ShoWest, set for March 17 at the Paris hotel in Las Vegas.
Lucas, whose final "Star Wars" movie, "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith," arrives in theaters May 19, will be honored with a newly invented award, the ShoWest Galactic Achievement Award.
In addition to the "Star Wars" movies, Lucas is one of the producers of the "Indiana Jones" films and also directed "THX 1138" and "American Graffiti."
Barrymore, who has made more than 30 films since her debut in 1980's "Altered States," will receive the convention's Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film award.
She has appeared in such recent hits as "Charlie's Angels" and "50 First Dates" and next will be seen in the Fox 2000 romantic comedy "Fever Pitch," opposite Jimmy Fallon.
The 2005 edition of ShoWest, the film exhibitors' annual conference, begins Monday (March 14) and is expected to attract more than 5,000 members of the entertainment industry.
Barrymore Gets Lucky with Messing
Drew Barrymore and Debra Messing are now a sister act. The pair signed on to star in 8 Mile-director Curtis Hanson’s latest comedy-drama, Lucky You, scheduled to begin shooting this month in Las Vegas. Bisexual Barrymore plays a singer in a Cirque du Soleil-style casino show, with Will & Grace’s Messing as her older sister. The story, penned by Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth ( Forrest Gump ) , involves the siblings meeting a professional poker player ( Troy star Eric Bana ) , a man dealing with his game and with his own estranged father. There’s a love story in there, too, and no word yet about who falls for whom, but Romeo’s keen nose for plot contrivances smells a “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” triangle. So if it means more shirtless screen time for Eric Bana, then let it happen.
Drew Barrymore to Present at Oscars
"50 First Dates" star Drew Barrymore has a date with Oscar.
The 29-year-old actress is set as a presenter at the upcoming 77th Academy Awards.
Barrymore, the third generation of Hollywood performers, has had a long career since becoming a child star in films such as "E.T. The Extra-terrestrial" and "Firestarter." Her other film credits include "Everyone Says I Love You," "Scream," "Ever After," the two "Charlie's Angels" films, "Donnie Darko" and "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind."
She next stars opposite Jimmy Fallon in the baseball-themed romantic comedy "Fever Pitch," which will be released in April. The Academy Awards ceremony will be televised live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb. 27.
Drew Barrymore's hairy armpit shocker!
Drew Barrymore stunned onlookers at a New York fashion show - by revealing her hairy armpits.
The stunning actress made an appearance at the show, which featured designs by Marc Jacobs, at the Lexington Avenue Armory and fellow guests were shocked at Drew's refusal to shave.
One said: "She looked absolutely stunning but all people were mentioning were her hairy armpits."
The 29-year-old beauty, who has reportedly split from boyfriend Fabrizio Moretti, is not the first celebrity to favour the unshaven look.
In April 1999, Julia Roberts revealed her hairy underarms at the British premiere of 'Notting Hill' after waving to the crowd.
Last year, Elizabeth Jagger posed for a series of photographs with her arms aloft, showing a tuft of dark hair.
Other stars who are rumoured to not shave included Helena Bonham Carter and Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson.
Drew Barrymore Adopts No-Razor Policy
The 29-year-old Charlie’s Angel Drew Barrymore has a fashion statement to make. The actress has joined the growing roster of celebrities who speak in favor of natural women’s beauty and stop shaving their armpits, reports thisislondon.co.uk.
At a New York catwalk event for designer Marc Jacobs at Lexington Avenue Armory, Barrymore appeared sporting his trademark grunge look, looking absolutely gorgeous, according to one of the attendees, - ‘but all people were talking about backstage were her hairy armpits.'
By opting for the natural look and adopting a no-razor policy Drew Barrymore has joined the likes of Elizabeth Jagger, Emma Thompson, Miranda Richardson and Julia Roberts; the latter made her secret known by her famous wave to the crowd at the UK Notting Hill premiere.
Drew Barrymore splits from boyfriend Fabrizio Moretti?
Drew Barrymore has reportedly split from her rock star boyfriend Fabrizio Moretti.
The Hollywood beauty allegedly dumped The Strokes drummer by letter last week - just days after being spotted trying on wedding dresses.
A source said: "The word from her pals is that she called time on the relationship in a letter."
Only last week, the stunning actress was seen browsing round New York's exclusive wedding shop Bridal Suite, and fellow shoppers claimed she was trying on different gowns.
The sexy star had also been telling friends she wanted to wed the rocker in September and had never been happier.
She reportedly admitted: "It's the most positive relationship I've ever been in."
However, rumours were rife the couple, who first met backstage at a Strokes gig in 2002 and began dating a year later, may have had a bust-up after Fabrizio failed to turn up at a party Drew threw at New York's trendy Ono restaurant last weekend.
The actress's latest split is just the latest in a long-line of failed romances.
In 1994, Drew wed actor Jeremy Thomas after a whirlwind romance but the marriage lasted just over a month.
Seven years later, she appeared to have found happiness with her second husband, comedian Tom Green, but they filed for divorce in December 2001 after just five months of marriage.
Drew Barrymore set to wed for the third time?
Drew Barrymore has sparked speculation she is set to wed for the third time - after she was seen trying on wedding dresses.
The Hollywood actress, who is dating The Stokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti, was browsing round New York's exclusive wedding shop Bridal Suite and fellow shoppers claim she was trying on gowns and taking photos of the ones she liked.
The sexy star - who has also reportedly told friends that she wants to wed in September and is said to be looking for a wedding venue - recently said she had never been happier with Fabrizio.
She admitted: "It's the most positive relationship I've ever been in."
The 'Charlie's Angels' beauty also confessed she wished she hadn't been wed twice before - because she wants to feel the excitement of getting married for the first time with Fabrizio.
The stunning actress revealed at the time: "There's a couple who I recently found out were getting married for the first time, and I looked at my boyfriend and thought, 'Wow, I wish I had never done that so I could do that with you.'"
In 1994, Drew wed actor Jeremy Thomas after a whirlwind romance but their marriage lasted just over a month.
Seven years later, she appeared to have found happiness with her second husband, comedian Tom Green, but they filed for divorce in December 2001 after just five months of marriage.
Drew Barrymore's father dies aged 72
Drew Barrymore's father has died at the age of 72.
Actor John Drew Barrymore passed away yesterday (29.11.04), and although no details of his death have been released, it was known he had been suffering from physical and mental illnesses and was living in a Los Angeles care home.
Of her father's death, Drew said: "He was a cool cat. Please smile when you think of him."
The son of screen and stage legend John Barrymore and actress Dorothy Costello signed a movie contract at the age of 17, but his career failed to live up to its expectations.
He battled drink and drug problems and was sent to prison on several occasions for drunkenness and wife abuse.
John - who was married three times - divorced Drew's mother, Jaid, when Drew was just a baby and father and daughter were estranged from each other.
The stunning actress - who has also battled drink and drug problems in the past - once said of her dad: "He never has been and never will be a father.
He was a man who chose drugs over being a father.
As a child you don't understand that. As I got older, I did try to help him and get to know him, but he's just a kooky person who doesn't want to be helped."
Drew Barrymore's '£1/2M Tax Bill'
Drew Barrymore reportedly owes 500,000GBP in an unpaid tax bill.
The 'Charlie's Angels' star is being chased by French authorities FISC after allegedly failing to pay any tax on the reported 1millionGBP she earned while filming 'Ever After' in the country in 1998.
The stunning actress now must attend a special hearing in Paris to explain why the bill has not been paid. She has hired a team of lawyers to represent her, although no date has been set for the hearing.
A source said: "It may just be an oversight on Drew's part but it is a lot of money and the French say it has to be sorted out."
Meanwhile, Drew recently confessed she wants to start a family with boyfriend Fabrizio Moretti within the next year.
The sexy star admitted she is getting broody and can't wait to have children with The Strokes drummer.
She said at the time: "I'm very much in love and we both want to have a family. I do want to be a mother, but I still have a lot to learn. I just want to be very realistic and make my choice."
But Drew predicted she will get pregnant in the very near future. She said: "Just you watch - next year I'll have a kid!"
A Three-on-One with Charlie's Booty-Shakin', Drag-Dressin', Ass-Kickin' Angels
Or, at least, they do in the all-out publicity push for Charlie's Angels, the big-screen version of the 1970s TV detective show that empowered women while representing the concept of T&A entertainment for all to see.
Drew Barrymore (who plays redheaded Dylan), Cameron Diaz (blond Natalie) and Lucy Liu (raven-haired Alex) are inseparable these days, hanging all over each other, speaking in unison and playing with one another's hair. They say that's how they were on the film's long, action-packed shoot, too.
This despite the fact that Drew was coproducing and had two boyfriends (ex Luke Wilson and current fiancé Tom Green) in the picture; Liu was exhaustively juggling Ally McBeal duties and reported angry flare-ups with the film's Bosley, Bill Murray; and the Hollywood rumor mill was working overtime...as it only can when three beautiful, martial- arts-trained young actresses come together for a difficult production.
Whatever happened--and we may never truly know--the current buddy act is too strenuous not to be genuine. After all, box office aside, why waste so much effort demonstrating camaraderie unless you mean it?
It's surprising for guys to hear you thought of the original Charlie's Angels as role models. We just thought it was a big, silly jigglefest.
Barrymore: I like jiggle! I do. I'm not a torch-carrying feminist, but I love women. All of my good friends are women, and I try to respect myself as a woman. Y'know, I don't do the best job of it, but I get better at it as age comes. I think what's great is if you can have intelligence and capability as your foundation and be fun and sexy on top of it. That's hot, but it could be potentially empty without that.
Did anything in the movie cause you a little embarrassment, though? I'm thinking specifically of Cameron's ass-all-over-the-place dance numbers.
Diaz: That was my homage to Drew, my Spider-Man dance. Because Drew has this thing: Her behind is a little...it has a mind of its own. We would all be sitting there, and then Drew will start shuffling around, and the next thing you know, her booty will be dancing all over the room--much to our pleasure. So, when the script said that Natalie dances in her bedroom, I just thought, Well clearly, this is a moment to strap on some Spider-Man Underoos and just, like, give a Drew homage.
Barrymore: I'm really glad we got that out of the way, so we all really know what a doofus I am. You know, I try to act cool, and it doesn't work. But you know what was fun? It was fun to get to be Dylan, because she was cool. And I'm not
You two can obviously bust each other; you're friends and have been hooked into this project together for a long time. But what about you, Lucy? You were the last Angel hired after an extensive search. Did you feel like a third wheel?
Liu: It had everything to do with our chemistry, and that's probably why it took so long for them to find somebody. It was so not about pressure at all.
You sure it wasn't just because they liked playing with your hair--which they're still twirling around their fingers whenever they get near you. Doesn't that drive you nuts?
Liu: No, it feels good. It's really comforting.
Something Drew insisted on was that the Angels not use guns in the movie. Point being?
Barrymore: What I wanted to do with the lack of guns was replace it with so much fun--skydiving and speedboats and race cars and physical, primal, sexy, amazing hand-to-hand combat, dancing, optimism--all of these wonderful things.
I wanted women who were not afraid to go in and take on life with their hands and who didn't believe in the cowardliness of flicking a finger and you're dead. How stupid that is, how ridiculous. There is nothing less powerful that you could possibly do in this world!
Diaz: If you look at kung fu, it's an art form. It's learning how to kill someone with your hands. That, to me, is much more honorable. If you study your entire life to learn how to hurt someone, from breaking their fingernail to literally taking their head off, that, to me, is a badass.
Liu: Imagine what international warfare would be like if everyone had to put down their weapons and just fight knuckles to knuckles.
Sure, yeah, that could change the world. Have you let the presidential candidates know about that idea?
In unison: Vote for Gore!
Okay, enough political enlightenment. Was it difficult getting in shape and learning all of these martial-arts moves?
In unison: Eight hours a day! Five days a week!
And for months, right?
Diaz: I don't care. Look, this was an opportunity for me to do something I always wanted to do, which was to totally give myself over to something disciplined. I love a physical challenge. I will take on any physical challenge. And I miss it. I kind of want another job where I have to work out for eight hours a day, which is sort of weird but, to me, is really fulfilling. Unfortunately, it's not something you get to do unless it's your job.
Barrymore: Yeah, we went on this survival trip together. It was miserable, and I was dying, and it was just so hard, and Cameron's like, "Oh, this isn't hard. I'm enjoying it!" I'm like, "Omigod!"
Liu: We couldn't just go up there and try to karate chop someone and be really lame about it. We had to make sure we made it look like we were able to do these things, strengthwise and mentally. The training was really intensive physically, but most of it was mental. If you have that amount of focus behind what you do, the discipline of that will come through in the film.
If the movie was fun in all of its other aspects but the fighting was mediocre, it wouldn't have balanced out. So, we wouldn't just catch the punches in this; we'd actually get hit, and it would be painful. We wanted it to be believable. You want to be intelligent, you want to be beautiful, you want to be sexy, you want to have the most advanced technology. But you also want to be able to kick ass, and you want to do it well.
The film began shooting without a finished script. You had a first-time feature director in McG. Tens of millions were being spent, and the studio, Columbia, had been a long time between hits. Plus, you were all overworked, underfed and buffed to the aching point. So, ever any times when you felt like taking some real swings at one another?
Barrymore: None of those reports were ever true. We never got in any fights. Whenever anyone would freak out, the other two sprang into action and helped her get through it. I've never had sisters, but I felt like I did on this. Whether it was physical hell or trying to make our characters individualized, we're like the most uncompetitive, giving three women I know. I know a lot of women can be competitive, just like men can be. That does exist in the world, but it wasn't the case with us.
Well, as you know, rumors were flying out of the closed set about hissy fits, nervous breakdowns and catfights. How did you feel when that got back to you?
Diaz: Over the course of 30 minutes, we were just like, "This is so ridiculous. How could they say this about us?" Then it was, "I'm gonna go kick some ass."
Liu: Our feelings were hurt.
Liu & Diaz: I'm gonna go kick some ass.
Liu: We thought, What should we do? Should we call a press conference and show and tell everyone how close we were? But then we thought, Why do we need to prove that?
Diaz: It's so much energy.
Liu: It took so much energy out from what we were focusing on, because when we were on the set, it was like a mini-microcosm of our world. And if you seem like you're going to go out there and prove something, it's almost like you're too desperate to prove it. You can't win either way.
You were particularly singled out, Lucy, for getting into a shouting match with Bill Murray. Some have said it stopped shooting for the day. You've denied that it ever got physical, but he sure ain't nobody's sister. How would you describe your working relationship?
Liu: People like Bill Murray have shaped my psyche, my sense of humor. Just to have him sitting next to me in the makeup chair was, like, making me quiver. It was just amazing.
So, how close were you all really? Just pleasant on the set or so tight that your periods coincided?
Diaz: Yes, we all bled together.
Barrymore: Every woman knows if you spend time with women, you sync up.
Diaz: You sync up!
Barrymore: But that's not that interesting.
Diaz: We all share a sense of humor that sort of lets us live harmoniously in tune with one another.
Liu: That was funny.
Diaz: What I like about these girls is they aren't afraid to take a chunk out of life and chew it up and swallow it and take whatever flavor it is and just say, "I like that." That's what I like to have in my life, people who aren't afraid of going for it. And we definitely did that on this movie.
Still, the finished product sure looks like it was a lot of work. You keep talking about wanting it to be fun...Was there much fun on the set?
Liu: We would always have food in the trailer.
Liu: Oh, there was so much food.
Barrymore: We were pigs!
Diaz: And if Bill was working, he would come in and be, like, the deejay.
Barrymore: Totally, and Bill Murray plays the weirdest music.
Liu: Yes, the kind you had never heard before.
Barrymore: Bill was learning to play the tuba, so he was listening to a lot of tuba orchestrations.
One thing that looks fun onscreen is all the different clothes and costumes.
Barrymore: We were constantly egging each other on, too, because we had so many looks and so many disguises. We were geishas, race-car drivers, rockin' belly dancers...and men in drag.
Liu: That was so much fun.
Ever wear anything out in public to see if you could pass?
Barrymore: I did, I did. I met my beautiful fiancé for dinner dressed as the little man.
Liu: We loved the little man. That little man was the ruler of our world.
How did Tom react?
Barrymore: Well, he was dressed in red lipstick, blond wig and a nun's outfit.
Diaz: And then they made out in public.
Can't wait to see what the wedding's going to be like.
Barrymore: Well, actually, we already did get married. I didn't want to talk about it, but we got married last week in Cleveland.
Great. Now I have to tell all gossips and entertainment reporters reading this that Drew's last statement was, in all likelihood, in jest. Unlike anything else in this candid conversation, of course.
The girl who's Riding in Cars with Boys on wacky Tom Green, tough Penny Marshall and life in wartime
Drew Barrymore will be the first to tell you she's a tad touchy-feely. "Mass proportions, as big as the sea," is how the 26-year-old describes her sensitivity. Actress Brittany Murphy readily agrees, calling Barrymore a "true innocent" and a "people pleaser with pure intentions."
So, it was no surprise Barrymore was a wreck the day the United States-led bombing of Afghanistan started. Before sitting down for this interview, she was consoled with hugs and reassurance from none other than John Calley, CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, who apparently was called in to calm Barrymore's rattled nerves.
In her latest movie, Sony's Riding in Cars with Boys, Barrymore plays Beverly D'Onofrio, a young woman who dreams of becoming a writer but settles for changing diapers when she becomes pregnant at age 15. The film follows the various peaks and valleys of D'Onofrio's life, through age 36. Barrymore calls it her most challenging role to date.
Here, we offer the actress a tissue while discussing perilous times, her fear of Penny Marshall--and how Boys brought her closer to her mother.
The news today obviously affected you deeply.
I just don't know how to do my job all of a sudden, and that's a very strange feeling. So, hopefully, we will learn together. I do appreciate how gentle and kind the good people on this planet are to each other, and I just keep holding on to that.
Do recent events have you questioning your line of work?
I had such a life planned, and it doesn't make sense anymore. Other than taking everything day by day, I don't know what to do. I'm planning to do a film next--a comedy. I went and studied all the films that came out in the time of World War II and Vietnam, because I don't know how to do this. And people did want to see movies, so you have to find some way to go on with your job. But I question everything.
Seeing you in tears today makes me marvel a bit at your work in Riding in Cars with Boys. Your character is this tough, unapologetic woman, who's pretty unlikable a lot of the time--completely unlike the usual sunny roles you play.
It was hard. For eight months, I didn't have a life outside work. I was this woman, and that was hard. You're right--she's not a nice person a lot of the time. She resented her child a lot of the time; she ignored him; she screamed at him. And that's not me. I'm more of a Pollyanna kind of person. I'd have to stay in my trailer most of the time just to stay focused. I couldn't even talk to the fans who came to the locations, because I just couldn't be myself.
What was harder to play, 15 or 36?
Definitely 36. I remember being young and rebellious and outrageous, but to be a woman at 36 and have a grown child...that was scary. I haven't experienced that. In fact, everything about this woman was pretty much outside my experience. I'm really just a happy Valley girl, and that went out the window the first day of shooting.
Penny Marshall, your director, made you audition. Were you okay with that?
I would have made me audition, too. She'd never seen me play anything like this role, so I can understand why she'd have her doubts.
She says she rode you pretty hard through the shoot.
She scared the hell out of me at first. And I used that. We filmed pretty much in sequence, so when I was playing a scared, intimidated 15-year-old, I just channeled all my fear of Penny into the character. But there did come a time later on--when we were doing the scenes when Beverly was 36--that I asked Penny, "Okay, can you be nice to me now? Can we have a mature relationship?"
You and Brittany Murphy play best friends in the movie, which seems to have spilled over into real life. Did you just click?
I'm like the salt, she's like the pepper. You don't want one without the other. Yeah, we hit it off immediately. And we fed off each other through the shoot, because we're both just way too sensitive. So, there would be days when I would break down in a corner and freak out, and she would be strong for me. And the next day, she would be hysterical, and I'd be there for her. In fact, Penny added a line about us to the movie: "They like to hug a lot." It was so true.
The movie kind of turns on this line: "One day can make your life; one day can ruin your life. All life is, is four or five big days that change everything." You must have compiled your own list of days.
I had a day when I was 14...It's going to sound crazy, but I was put in an institution, and, when I got out, I realized how lucky I was, and that everything is a gift, and that you have to be responsible for yourself. The day I met my husband changed my life. God...Today is changing my life. You find yourself at forks in the road, and the paths you choose change the direction of your life--the whole course of it. It's amazing how people respond to that line, how much it affects them.
You only named a couple, so obviously you're saving a couple for the future. Maybe giving birth?
Absolutely. Doing this movie made me think about motherhood a lot. I don't take it as lightly as I used to. It's not playing dolls; it's not house. It's not about you, actually. It's about another human being. And you're trying to be the best person you are, ideally, but we're all flawed and selfish. You try to be as selfless as possible, I guess. Sometimes I just wonder if I'll be able to do it. It's an awesome responsibility.
You and your own mother have had a turbulent relationship. Did making this movie give you any insight into where she was coming from?
I really started to figure out my mother. I started seeing things from her point of view, not looking at them the way I always have, as a victimized child. It wasn't easy on my mom, me being a child actor. She was confused, and I was confused. We both made mistakes.
Are you talking now?
Every once in a while...and it's thanks to this movie. We had some really cathartic conversations. We have forgiven each other. I used to think she was so kooky and weird. I accept it now. I don't freak out anymore. This movie made me kick that bag, and you can't believe the incredible weight that has been lifted off my shoulders. I used to have so much guilt and pain, especially on birthdays and holidays--days when I wasn't talking to the person who gave birth to me.
Did your husband, Tom Green, encourage you in that?
He's smart about stuff like this--he's Canadian. He comes to the table a little more grounded. In fact, he invited my mother to spend Christmas with his family in Ottawa last year. I kind of freaked out at the thought, but it was really fun. Everybody got along really well.
Last time I interviewed Tom, he told me Flossie--the dog that saved you guys when your house caught fire--had died. Watching Flossie wag his tail right now, I can see he's very much alive.
You never know what Tom's going to do. He'll be on the phone with someone and scream, "Oh no! Drew just ran over Flossie! My God, she's dead! She's dead!" You just learn to live with it, although I'm still not sure sometimes when to take him seriously--and we've been together awhile.
Any other lessons life has taught you lately?
The singer Beck has that great lyric, "And my bags are waiting in the next life." I think it's true. Everything we do from past lives to present to future lives will affect everything around us. Hopefully, knowing that makes you a gentler person. It works most of the time for me.