Drew Barrymore made her film debut at five years old, and became an international star at seven years old for her performance in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Her alcoholism and drug addictions put her career on hold for quite some time, but she finally managed to get back on the right track. Growing up in the showbiz, both her career and private life are filled with very interesting tidbits. Here are 15 things you may not know about the actress! Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: She’s Bisexual
During an interview with Contact Music in 2003, Barrymore explained she likes women sexually and she has always considered herself bisexual. She also revealed to have dated several women when she was younger.
Number Fourteen: She Loves Rollercoasters
Drew told Oprah Winfrey she loves big roller coasters that make her stomach drop. Her favorite one so far is the Big Shot, in Las Vegas: “I ride it over and over; it’s exhilarating.”
Number Thirteen: She’s an Author and Photographer
She wrote her first book at 15 years old (though it’s rumored that she relied on a ghostwriter for that one), and recently published Wildflower, a book of anecdotes. She has also been an amateur photographer for a long time—she published book of her photographic work in 2014.
Number Twelve: Spielberg’s Shady Present to Drew Barrymore
Steven Spielberg, who happens to be Barrymore’s Godfather, gave her a quilt for her birthday, along with a note that read “cover yourself up.” The present included a retouched image of her Playboy photoshoot with fake clothes on.
Number Eleven: She Gave Up Vegetarianism
Barrymore is an on-an-off vegetarian. In 2011, she gave up the diet altogether: “I still don’t eat a ton of meat, and I don’t wear a ton of leather, but I just don’t put strict limitations on myself anymore.”
Number Ten: She’s Godmother to Kurt Cobain’s Daughter
Drew Barrymore and Courtney Love were really close friends at the time Frances Bean was born. However, the two drifted apart from each other and Barrymore lost touch with her granddaughter, which she deeply regrets.
Number Nine: She First Got Drunk at a Famous Party
Growing up in the show business, Drew Barrymore was a very precocious child. She first got drunk at a party thrown to celebrate Rob Lowe’s birthday. She was only nine years old at the time. She became an alcoholic and drug addict shortly afterwards.
Number Eight: A Rockstar Helped Her Out of Her Addictions
After Barrymore’s second rehab and suicide attempt, at 14 years old, the actress moved in with musician David Crosby (from The Byrds) and his wife, who both used to be drug addicts as well. Being surrounded by people committed to sobriety who understood her was crucial to her recovery. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!