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    Default Drew Barrymore: "I Don't Think I'm a Good Actor"

    She's been acting since age 3, hails from a long line of Hollywood legends, and has around 65 acting credits to her name, but Drew Barrymore certainly doesn't have a high opinion of her dramatic gifts. In a recent New York Times article about the TCM show The Essentials, which she co-hosts with Robert Osborne, the Golden Globe winner, 39, opened up about her career and mentors.
    The pregnant-again star named her E.T. director and godfather Steven Spielberg as her top advisor throughout her career.
    "Steven told me, 'Don't act your characters. Be your characters," Barrymore revealed. She became a breakout child star when she worked with Spielberg on the classic flick at age 6.
    "I don't think I'm a good actor," continued Barrymore, who shares daughter Olive, 17 months, with husband Will Kopelman. "I feel like it's fake and yucky and it doesn't ring true. But if you research and you study and make it personal, you just become that person, and it's your truth and everything else around you falls away. Then you're telling the truth, it's not lying, it's not fake."

    And the legendary director's words of wisdom stuck with the Blended actress for the next 33 years.
    "At 6, I guess I was comfortable and more humorous than I would have remembered now," she mused. "But once I got older and kept continuing acting, I don't know if I would have succeeded without that advice, because that's the thing that saved me. I'm not an actor, I'm a pretender."


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    I agree. She's a terrible actress but I still love her.
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    I've seen way worse. *cough* Gwenyth *cough* She was better as a kid actress, but she doesn't totally suck. She plays herself. Albeit--all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey View Post
    "I don't think I'm a good actor," continued Barrymore
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    Agree with her
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    You don't say.
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    I agree with her. She has a cute charm that lends well to certain parts, though. I also think she was more likeable when she was younger.
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    Her best work was in E.T. when she was 6. Enough said.
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    She is adorable and she's terrific at being Drew Barrymore. At least she gets it.
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    I like her. She may not be a great actor but the roles she plays fit her personality well and she has provided me with hours of mindless entertainment.
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    I liked her in that movie, was it driving in cars with boys? Something like that, it was a nice wee movie and I really enjoyed her in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karistiona View Post
    I liked her in that movie, was it driving in cars with boys? Something like that, it was a nice wee movie and I really enjoyed her in it.
    Riding in cars with boys I love love that movie..She was also excellent in Grey gardens, definitely her best acting performance, she was fantastic in it..but in most other movies I tend to agree her acting has been rather mediocre.

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    ^^ Riding in Cars was one of her best performances. Penny Marshall directed, and in her book she said she had to really coax it out of her. Loved that movie and, despite her being a mediocre actress at best, she shone here.
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    I could watch Ever After and Never Been Kissed over and over and over...

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    I agree (with her),
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