An emotional journey down reminiscence lane. Throughout the season premiere of The Drew Barrymore Show, Drew Barrymore took viewers by means of her Los Angeles landmarks: her childhood dwelling, her first condominium — and her establishment.
At age 13, Barrymore, now 46, was despatched to a healthcare facility that she lived in for a 12 months and a half.
“I was a real wild child, and I just got so out of control that no one knew what to do with me,” the Charlie’s Angels actress recalled within the season premiere of her discuss present on Monday, September 13.
The star took viewers to her childhood dwelling, the place she recalled how “lonely” she felt as a child, earlier than visiting her first condominium, favourite bookstore and her outdated laundromat. Barrymore wrapped up her tour of Los Angeles by sitting on prime of her automotive, overlooking the barbed-wire fence of the establishment she was compelled to enter as a younger teenager.
“My mom called a friend because her daughter was out of control, and they drove me here in the middle of the night,” the Flower Magnificence founder recalled. “They walked me right through those two doors, and when you go through those two doors, you do not come out. I was there for a year and a half.”
After discovering success as an actress in E.T. and Firestarter, Barrymore had entry to the dangers of Hollywood. She began abusing alcohol, was addicted to drugs and harmed herself earlier than she was despatched away.
“I hated it. I kicked, I screamed,” she stated whereas reminiscing. “One minute you’re at movie premieres and clubbing, and the next minute you’re in a full-blown institution with barbed wire everywhere and you can’t get out.”
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Although she didn’t voluntarily conform to get sober, the discuss present host overtly admitted that she wanted to be despatched away.
“I can’t even believe I actually get to be where I am now because when I was here, I didn’t see that,” the California native added. “I thought I would be here forever. I never thought I was going to make it to somewhere better and I’m just so happy with my life. And I don’t know if I would have the life I have if it wasn’t for a place like this. So, it was so important to come here today and just like honor this.”
She added that visiting the power, whereas emotional, additionally felt highly effective. “It’s very empowering. It’s very celebratory. I wouldn’t want to go back,” she stated. “I just get to visit it in my dreams and wave hello and know that I’m not here anymore. And that’s pretty cool.”
Barrymore beforehand opened as much as Howard Stern about her expertise getting sober. “I was in a place for a year and a half called Van Nuys Psychiatric and you couldn’t mess around in there,” she defined in February. “If you did, you’d get thrown either in the padded room or get put in stretcher restraints and tied up.”
In her phase for The Drew Barrymore Present‘s season 2 premiere, she explained that she opened the season with this trip down memory lane to let viewers see that she’s struggled. She additionally desires to “go deeper” together with her visitors.
“I will never lose sight of this part of my story and I have seen and been through things and they’ve helped me just recognize, in all of us, that we go through stuff,” Barrymore stated. “It can’t be embarrassing. It has to be our strengths. It has to be something that we can be proud of because we overcame it, and we look back with honor and humor. Life is so wonderful compared to what it was in this place.”
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