Creator / Drew Barrymore
Drew Blyth Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an American actor, film producer and film director. She was a child actor coming from a famous acting family—nay, from acting royalty
—and the granddaughter of John Barrymore
and grand-niece of Lionel Barrymore
. Her first main role was in the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
. She is Saturday Night Live
's youngest female celebrity host (Barrymore hosted when she was seven years old in 1982, half the age of SNL
's former youngest female host, Jodie Foster
, who was 14 when she hosted in 1976) and the only other female member of SNL
's "Five Timers Club" (a club for celebrities and musicians who have performed on the show more than five times) along with Candice Bergen
After a turbulent preteen and teenage life filled with drug abuse, alcoholism, and worries that Drew may be succumbing to the same problems her actor ancestors had (the "Barrymore curse"), she matured into a fine actress, making mostly cleverly written romantic comedies
In 1995 she formed a production company called Flower Films
which produced movies as a vehicle for the actress, such as Never Been Kissed
and Charlie's Angels
, although her company has also made productions in which she does not appear, like the films Animal
(2014) and How To Be Single
(2016), and the TV series revival of Charlie's Angels
Barrymore is the subject of (and appears in) the 2004 documentary My Date with Drew
. From 2012-14 she co-hosted Turner Classic Movies
' The Essentials
with Robert Osborne. She currently stars as Californian realtor turned Zombie Sheila Hammond in the Netflix
series Santa Clarita Diet
along with Timothy Olyphant
As a Producer her films include:
As an Actress her films include:
Tropes in the acting work of Drew Barrymore:
- Actor-Shared Background: She's a huge fan of the Beach Boys like her character Lucy in 50 First Dates.
- Autobiography: Little Girl Lost (1990). She appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest person to publish one.
- Career Resurrection: She suffered some career setbacks due to drug use in her teens. But after going to rehab several times and getting clean, she starred in a series of Box Office smashes like Scream (1996), Ever After, Never Been Kissed and The Wedding Singer. This erased her Former Child Star persona from public image and she's now a respected adult actress.
- Contractual Purity: Inverted. Due to her drug problems, she already had a reputation as a 'bad girl' and her parts reflected this. After getting cleaned up, she transitioned to more squeaky-clean roles in romantic comedies and the like.
- Dawson Casting: Mostly averted, since she transitioned to age-appropriate roles pretty quickly. Even in Scream she was only a couple of years older than Casey. She did however voice Krusty's very under-10 daughter on an episode of The Simpsons.
- Directed by Cast Member: She both directed and starred in Whip It.
- Doing It for the Art: Donnie Darko was in financial trouble, so Drew stepped in to add extra funding with her production company and took the small role of Karen Pomeroy because she liked the project.
- Enforced Method Acting: In order to keep her scared and crying during Scream, Wes Craven told her stories about animal cruelty. She is a great animal lover in real life.
- Fake Nationality: In Ever After she plays a French woman called Danielle, with an English accent.
- Meta Casting: The film Poison Ivy showed her playing a manipulative Fille Fatale, clearly acknowledging her public persona on the screen.
- Nude Nature Dance: She was once quoted as saying, "I'll drive in Ireland and park my car and run out into the field and rip all my clothes off and just run in the wheat fields naked. That's for no one to see. That's to have that freedom of feeling at one with nature. So I am completely unguarded, still."
- Romance on the Set: With Tom Green, with whom she starred in Freddy Got Fingered and Charlie's Angels.
- Those Two Actors: She's starred with Adam Sandler in 50 First Dates, The Wedding Singer and Blended.
- What Could Have Been:
- She was originally cast as Sidney in Scream but had other commitments that meant she wouldn't be around to film. Still keen to work on the project, she took the smaller role of Casey instead. This ended up working in the film's favour; audiences expected a notable name like Drew to survive the opening attack, and were shocked to see her killed off. This helped popularise the Dead Star Walking trope.
- Among the roles she auditioned for as a child actress were Carol Ann in Poltergeist 1981, Danielle in Cape Fear, Veronica in Heathers, Mina in Bram Stoker's Dracula, Kim in Edward Scissorhands and Myra Gale Brown in Great Balls of Fire!. The last four went to Winona Ryder.
- She was the first choice for Nomi Malone in Showgirls but disliked the amount of nudity in the script and turned it down. Coincidentally Elizabeth Berkley, who got the role, was turned down for the role of Gale in Scream because of the backlash from the film.