Drew Barrymore: I Was 'Fat, Beaten Up'

Actress discusses troubled past, happy present
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2010 8:24 AM CDT
Actress Drew Barrymore poses backstage with the award for actress in a telefilm or miniseries at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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(Newser) – Drew Barrymore has been known as an adorable child star, a Hollywood wild child, and finally a respected actress and producer—but she was also once known as the “fat child who got beaten up every day.” Even so, she’s happy now (“I just find bitter people really un-fun, you know?”)—so happy with herself, in fact, that she would never get plastic surgery. “‘Fuck surgery!” she says in her wide-ranging interview with the Mail. “I’d rather look like a basset hound than do that to my face.”

Barrymore, whose Whip It opens next month in the UK, recalls why the film—which involves a difficult mother-daughter dynamic—appealed to her. “A lot of the pain in the relationship between the mother and daughter came from my own experiences,” she says, describing their relationship now as “in a to-be-continued phase.” But “starting my production company was a big turning point for me. I was accomplishing things and I found a real tribe—the family I’d been looking for all those years.”

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