Monday, October 19, 2009

Do you Drew?

I do.

Drew Barrymore, that is. I've always had a fondness for this slightly ditsy blonde actress, maybe because we are the same age and I grew up watching her grow up on screen. I know it sounds weird, but as a kid I used to like to watch a movie called Irreconcilable Differences, a film in which Ryan O'Neil and Shelley Long fight a lot and eventually get a divorce.

Yeah, I know - I was a strange child. Anyway, Ms. Barrymore was in it, and of course she was also in E.T., which was one of the first movies I ever saw in the cinema, so I feel like I've "known" her forever.

When I was about 14 I entered my "no one understands me/textbook teen angst" phase, so I rebelled by wearing head-to-toe black every day, listening to moody pre-goth music like The Cure, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Depeche Mode, and the like, and generally acting mopey and depressed like doing so was my job. My parents were strict, a fact which both added to my melancholy and kept me from doing anything truly stupid like tattooing Sinead O'Connor lyrics onto my ankle or going to 3rd base with a senior named Simon.

While I was breaking my parents' hearts, Drew was in and out of rehab and making movies like the craptastic Poison Ivy. Like me, Drew was going through a bad girl phase and was rebelling whenever possible. Unlike me, Drew had no parental supervision.

By the time I was 18 and in college I had snapped out of my morose woe-is-me phase and settled into the culture of my university. I grew my hair even longer and even straighter, I wore hemp jewelry and had flower patches on my jeans. I celebrated 4:20 at every opportunity and devoted myself to being a "nouveau hippy." Photos of me from this era show me flashing the peace sign with red-rimmed eyes surrounded by a similar band of comfortably-suburban kids who always managed to make it to their classes and earn decent grades even while being blitzed out of their skulls day and night.

Drew, meanwhile, was deep into her bubbly flower girl phase, and had by then posed for Playboy. You all know I have always been a big Playboy fan, so I am not ashamed to admit that I greedily peeked at Drew's goods one drunken night. I found myself and a few girlfriends in the dingy bathroom of a houseful of our male friends, and there it was, just lying there. Girlfriend looked pretty damn good, I must say, and we all ooh'ed and ahh'ed appreciatively until the guys started to wonder what was keeping us in there.

Embarrassingly enough, in our late twenties and early thirties Drew and I both put on a few pounds. In my defense, I had some health troubles and then I gave birth to two rather large babies. Regardless of our respective reasons, Drew's melons became the sag heard round the world when she (regrettably) went bra-less to the Golden Globes (!) one year. I was never happier to be a nobody than when the whole world made fun of her jugs.

The good news is that Drew is wealthy and could enlist the help of a personal trainer and nutritionist (and possibly a plastic surgeon), because soon she was back to her pert and svelte self. In my case it took a bit longer, but I'm happy to report that I'm back in my old jeans and I don't feel like a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade... most days. Of course, La Bev at her smallest is still quite a bit bigger than La Drew, I'm sure, but so be it.

Last weekend Drew was on SNL and she announced that she has hosted the show more times than any other woman in the show's history. I felt undeniably and a little perversely proud of her, as if I too could share in her achievement. She has lampooned herself on the show often enough, including appearing with comically pendulous breasts in the same green dress that caused all the ruckus, that I think we'd probably get along pretty well IRL. I do so appreciate a self-deprecating wit, after all.

This week's opening clip showed her poking fun at her family's long history in show business and I laughed, and then I marvelled at the fact that she's famous even though she has a speech impediment and is relatively average-looking. Sure, part of her fame came by virtue of her last name, but how to explain her staying power over the years? Talent, that's how, and kindness. Something tells me that she's simply a nice person and people like working with her, which is kind of rad.

Hulu only has the whole episode. Go to the 5:30 mark to see the opening clip I just mentioned.

So there it is. I'm a fan, and Drew is one of the few celebs who I'm rooting for to succeed and for whom I wish good things. Even if she did once marry Tom Greene... we'll give her a mulligan on that one.


Elliott said...

I love me some Drew. The only celeb crush I've ever really had, and I think she did a lot to come into her own after some rough patches.

And the rack doesn't hurt.

Organic Meatbag said...

oh yeah, I had that issue of Playboy back in the day... spanktastic times, there!! I dig Drew though...she's younger than me by 364 days...hahahaha!

mo.stoneskin said...

We all loved Drew when growing up (us, not her), oh yeah.

Kate said...

Sadly, my jugs look very similar to green-dressed Drew....and I have a bra on. Things are not so pretty in the Sawyer household right now.

Bevalicious--you are just as hawt as Drew any old day of the week!

OM--spanktastic?? Maybe we can get Webster's to add that next year!

Audra said...

I ADORE Drew. No I didn't name my son after her.

calicobebop said...

Oh yeah - I love Drew too. She always acts so sweet and spunky! What's not to love!

Stacie's Madness said...

lol i don't mind her...not my favorite of favorite actresses.

Samsmama said...

Geez, I remember being on the waiting list at the library when her book came out. In it she mentioned loving the song Blue Monday so I instantly became New Order's number one fan. Such a follower.

She married Tom Greene and then her house caught on fire. Coincidence? I think not.

Frank Irwin said...

ET was your first movie? I was just out of college when that came out.

Mala said...

Ha! ET was my first movie too.... or was it Annie..?

So Bev, did you read the article on Van Damm? I thought so.

Samsmama said...

Pretty sure it was my first movie too, Grandpa.

onebadmamajama said...

I have always loved Drew as well! She seems like such a genuinely nice person. Have you ever seen the documentary My Date w/Drew? It was very sweet and she was very gracious and nice the who made the film. Also, I'm looking forward to her directorial debut with "Whip It".

Lindsey Himmler said...

That clip was actually pretty brave of her.

Bev said...

Elliott - Nice crush!!! 'Atta boy - great taste, man.

OM - Ah, an Aquarius? I shoulda known.... ;) PS) love the word "spanktastic!"

Mo.stoneskin - Yay! Glad to count you among her fans! You always have a way of classing up the joint. Not kidding!

Kate - Stop that! You had a baby less than a week ago, your boobs are SUPPOSED to look like two deflated balloons right about now. You're still hot as heck, lady! I'd do ya if I was into chicks... which I am NOT. Sorry. :D And thanks for the compliment!!

Audra - sure, suuuuuure you didn't. heee.

Calico - heh heh... you said "spunky."

Stacie - to each, their own!

Smama - loved her book! Also, you're right... I think she should have listened to her dog Flossy and ditched him before the fire, but whatev.

Frank - Actually, my first ever movie in the theatre was "Snow White," and I cried like crazy because the witch scared me.

Mala - Um, yeah. I only read Playboy for the articles. Duh.

Smama - ZING! you rule!

OBMJ - Loved that movie! She did come across so well.

Lindsey - I agree, but then again, most self-deprecating humor is brave, IMO.

Organic Meatbag said...

Nope, Pisces, but still spanktastic nonetheless... I saw the magazine and announced out loud to nobody in particular "I have a boner!"...

Anonymous said...

i share a birth year with you and drew, bev. i never went through the "emo" phase and actually kinda hated that "depressed mode" music. HS was weird for me. i was the slutty jock whose friends were all very popular in honor's classes on their way to ivy league schools. i guess i've never really fit in. but i don't stick out either. *yawns*

my first movie in a big theatre was either ET or Rocky. can't remember...

travellinbaen said...

Bev I always like your comments on other blogs and I can't believe I am just now clicking over to check your own work out. A great post. I am also a contemporary of Drew and I love her too, I think especially that she had the hard times and came through them somehow and always manages to flash an apparently genuine smile.

carissajaded said...

I also love this girl.. I can't help but try to emulate the way she talks when I watch her...And I would love me some Justin Long

Bev said...

OM - It's like a PSA. haha!

Anon - Ah, the "slutty jock." Kind of like "sexually-active band geeks" in Mean Girls. Not cool, but not uncool either. I was a drama queen myself. Shocker!

travellinbaen - thank you for reading! I agree, part of why I like Drew is that she has overcome so many hardships. Beating drug/alcohol addiction is hard enough as an adult; can't imagine tackling it as a mere child.

carissajaded - thanks for visiting! I agree - Justin Long is a cutie!

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I also like that girl. She always acts so sweet and spunky! What's not to love!