Drew Barrymore's Done with Love

Drew Barrymore's giving up on love.

Well, love stories, that is. The actress, who has done one romantic comedy after another, says it's time for her to branch out and take on some more challenging roles.

"I'm in my thirties now, and I really want to try all the things that I haven't gotten to do yet, like directing, and doing a drama," the actress, 34, told the May issue of Elle. "I've produced and gotten to do a lot of optimistic love stories, and that was so where I was at for 10 years in my life. And now I feel like, 'Okay, now I know how to do that. I wanted to get scared again.' " 

On April 18, we'll get to see Drew in HBO's Grey Gardens, in which she plays the cousin of Jackie O -- a part which she had to lobby for.

"I said, 'Look - I have all of this inside of me, and I promise you that I will change my face to be her. I will learn how to stop talking out of the side of my mouth. I will go to school to relearn body language. I will shut out the world. I will not talk to my friends. I will give up my life for this, because I don't think you can play this character and have a social life and balance the two mentalities.' "

Wow -- you go, Drew!

As for real-life love (we're still pulling for a reconciliation with Justin Long), Drew says she learned a lot from her 2007 breakup with The Strokes' Fabrizio Moretti. 

"It's hard to be with someone for five years and say, 'This isn't going to work.' But it was a time in my life where I finally just said, 'I can't live for anyone else anymore. I have to be on my own.' "

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