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Drew Barrymore: I've listened to Steven Spielberg's advice for 33 years

Published 18/11/2015

Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore avoided endorsements for nearly 30 years after receiving advice from her E.T. director as a child.

Drew Barrymore has opened up about a crucial piece of advice she received from Steven Spielberg as a seven-year-old.

The acclaimed director is the 40-year-old's godfather and the pair famously worked together on hit 1982 movie E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.

The stars have remained close over the years, throughout Drew's tumultuous childhood, and she reveals there was one piece of advice he gave her regarding endorsement deals and commercials in the early years of their relationship that has remained with her.

"When Steven Spielberg gives you advice, you listen,” she explained at Self magazine and Fidelity’s Empowering Conversations event in New York on Tuesday (17Nov15), according to Page Six. "I remember him saying to me, ‘Please don’t do that’. My mom and I were from a (single-parent) home. We weren’t doing very well economically. It was extremely tantalising to take these opportunities.

"He said, 'In the broad vision of life, it will water you down. And if you choose your battles carefully, it will be a lot more meaningful'. At seven, with a single-mother home, that was really hard to stay in that type of strict mandate.”

However Drew followed the director's advice and didn't accept her first endorsement until she was in her 30s, and CoverGirl cosmetics asked her to be a spokesmodel - but even then, she didn't sign up immediately.

"They came along and they said, 'We’d love to work with you as a spokesmodel', and I said, 'I am not a spokesmodel, I am Josie Grossie'," she recalled, referring to her Never Been Kissed character's nickname. "I said, 'So, that’s not gonna work but I really appreciate the idea. However, I love producing and I love being behind things and I love photographers and I love graphics. I studied all of that stuff forever, so maybe one day'. And they were like, 'OK'. Then they came back and they said, 'Would you ever consider being co-creative director?' And I said, 'Yes. That I would love to do'."

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