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Drew Barrymore: “I Don’t Think I’m a Good Actor”

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By Daniel Gates

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Drew Barrymore considers E.T. director Steven Spielberg to be her mentor, and tells The New York Times that his early advice to her changed everything.

She recalls, “Steven told me, ‘Don’t act your characters. Be your characters.’”

Why was that so important?

“I don’t think I’m a good actor,” says Barrymore. “I feel like it’s fake and yucky and it just 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.”

She explains, “Then you’re telling the truth, it’s not lying, it’s not fake. So he gave me that wisdom because at 6, I guess I was comfortable and more humorous than I would have remembered now. But once I got older and kept continuing acting, I don’t know if I would have succeeded without that advice, because it’s the thing that saved me.”

“I’m not an actor, I’m a pretender,” says Barrymore.

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