Drew Barrymore: Shut Up About My Wild Teen Years (and Why We Agree!)

The sunny actress lashes out about a reporter dredging up her rebellious past

In every article about Drew Barrymore, two phrases inevitably come up: "Hollywood royalty" and "wild child past." She doesn't seem to mind the first one so much -- she understands that being related to historic actors John and Ethel Barrymore is a big deal -- but she's really sick of hearing the second. In a new interview, Barrymore told the London Evening Standard about a reporter who wouldn't stop harping on her crazy youth. And you'd be surprised how angry the sunny Drew Barrymore can get!

"God, I wanted to punch her," Barrymore, 35, told the Evening Standard of the persistent interviewer. "She would just not drop the youth thing."

It was especially frustrating, Barrymore explained, because she's always been very honest about her past: "I have no problem talking about it. 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. It's actually good to get it done young and have a great life later. But yeah, man, I wanted to rip this woman's face off. She just would not shut up about it.”

Remind us not to get on Drew Barrymore's bad side, okay?

In all seriousness, we think Barrymore's frustration is totally justified. At the relatively young age of 35, the actress has already lived through more drama than most celebrities ever will: a childhood drug addiction, a dramatic legal split from her mother, a series of engagements and short-lived marriages, and a broke period during which she supported herself as a waitress.

But most of these things took place before Barrymore was even 20. Unlike many crash-and-burn child stars, Barrymore came back triumphantly -- thanks to an enormous amount of perseverance and hard work. And she did more than recover her star power. Barrymore is now a major Hollywood producer, a critically acclaimed director (2009's Whip It) and a Golden Globe-winning actress (the HBO film Grey Gardens).

We understand why the press is fascinated with Barrymore's youthful mistakes: few famous children have ever fallen so hard, so fast, and lived to tell about it. But to define the woman by her past is an insult to what Barrymore has accomplished. Rather than try to erase those mistakes, she's been honest about them, has learned from them, and has turned them into an enormously successful career. It's a truly unique triumph, which is why Drew Barrymore's story deserves to be told in full -- not in pieces. And if another reporter chooses to dwell on Barrymore's years in rehab, well, it's her face on the line.

Do you think Drew Barrymore's frustration at the reporter is justified or out of line? Chime in below!

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