Drew Barrymore grew up in the glare of the spotlight. Along the way from child super star to an awkward adolescent every misstep and success was documented in popular culture. Born into Hollywood royalty, she came from a family of multi-generational successful stage and screen actors. Drew first captured hearts as the adorable little Gertie with the ear-splitting shriek in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. As a teenager her career and personal life stumbled. She recorded her exploits of childhood clubbing, alcohol and drug abuse and rehab in her book Little Girl Lost. At the young age of 14 she emancipated from her mother, and worked on re-establishing her career. From small parts to lead roles she blossomed into the multi-talented enduring and endearing star she is today.
She established Flower Films, a production company that has helmed successful romantic comedies and the Charlie’s Angels franchise. She stepped behind the camera and made her directorial debut with the roller derby comedy-drama Whip It. Drew is famous for being a wild flower child, and for her string of impulsive and short lived marriages, but along with her career successes she found stability in her personal life. From her marriage to Will Kopelman, Drew has two daughters, Olive and Frankie.
Unfortunately, that marriage also ended in a divorce that Drew has candidly and honestly described as one of her biggest failures. She recently put things in prospective, telling Ellen DeGeneres, “I went from, like, zero to two and it’s a miracle and a blessing, and we do it in a way that I think a lot of other people are probably doing it too and sometimes, again, the road is different than what you tried to make it or what you expected and you just figure it out and figure it out with grace.”
As well as an actor and producer, Drew expresses her creativity through writing and photography. She recently wrote Wildflower a collection of essays about her life, and Find It in Everything a whimsical book of photographs of found heart-shaped objects and patterns in nature and everyday life. The busy lady also runs the makeup company Flower Beauty.
Drew Barrymore has transformed under the scrutiny of the public eye. She has gone from the girl who once famously climbed on top of David Letterman’s desk to playfully flash him on his birthday, to a successful producer, actress, and business entrepreneur who also balances the role of single motherhood. Up next for Drew is an adventurous and head turning role in Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet as a flesh eating zombie!
From role model, and career woman and cultural touchstone, here are 20 Drew Barrymore quotations to bring you happiness and brighten your perspective.
20 Inspiring Drew Barrymore Quotes:
“It’s never too late. Don’t focus on what was taken away. Find something to replace it, and acknowledge the blessing you have.” – Drew Barrymore
“I am not someone who is ashamed of my past. I’m actually really proud. I know I made a lot of mistakes, but they, in turn, were my life lessons.” – Drew Barrymore
“I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end.” – Drew Barrymore
“Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.” – Drew Barrymore
“Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves.” – Drew Barrymore
“There’s something liberating about not pretending. Dare to embarrass yourself. Risk.” – Drew Barrymore
“A few years ago, I bought an old red bicycle with the words Free Spirit written across its side – which is exactly what I felt like when I rode it down the street in a tie-dyed dress.” – Drew Barrymore
“It’s only through listening that you learn, and I never want to stop learning.” – Drew Barrymore
“The stories that I want to tell, especially as a director, don’t necessarily have a perfect ending because, the older you get, the more you appreciate a good day versus a happy ending. You understand that life continues on the next day; the reality of things is what happens tomorrow.” – Drew Barrymore
“If you’re going to go through hell… I suggest you come back learning something.” – Drew Barrymore
“I’ve always said that one night, I’m going to find myself in some field somewhere, I’m standing on grass, and it’s raining, and I’m with the person I love, and I know I’m at the very point I’ve been dreaming of getting to.” – Drew Barrymore
“I’m not after fame and success and fortune and power. It’s mostly that I want to have a good job and have good friends; that’s the good stuff in life.” – Drew Barrymore
“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.” – Drew Barrymore
“My whole life, I’ve wanted to feel comfortable in my skin. It’s the most liberating thing in the world.” – Drew Barrymore
“Daisies are like sunshine to the ground.” – Drew Barrymore
“I pray to be like the ocean, with soft currents, maybe waves at times. More and more, I want the consistency rather than the highs and the lows.” – Drew Barrymore
“The low points I had all helped make up my character, so I probably wouldn’t want to do away with them because I like being flawed and I like having them help me grow and change and become better and stronger.” – Drew Barrymore
“I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.” – Drew Barrymore
“I just think everything is a learning experience and every moment that you have that actually feels good inside of your heart is an absolute blessing and a gift.” – Drew Barrymore
“I’ve always loved butterflies, because they remind us that it’s never too late to transform ourselves.” – Drew Barrymore
Bonus Drew Barrymore Quote:
“I am who I am because of the people who influenced me growing up, and many of them were gay. No one has any right to tell anyone what makes a family.” – Drew Barrymore
Author: Tara Collum
Tara Collum lives in Toronto and grew up in Muskoka. She is the co-creator of a forthcoming web serial about twins in a small town. She believes it is never too late to be the person you are meant to be. Follow Tara on twitter @99percentsun
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