Drew Barrymore: "I Don't Think I'm a Good Actor"

Posted Monday March 10, 2014 4:58 PM GMT

She made her first appearance on the big screen in Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi adventure “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” when she was just six years old and has since taken over 60 roles, but now Drew Barrymore reveals her true thoughts on her acting talents.

During a recent interview with New York Times about the TCM show “The Essentials,” the 39-year-old actress opened up about her acting career over the years. “I don’t think I’m a good actor,” Miss Barrymore declared. “I feel like it’s fake and yucky and it doesn’t ring true.”

She continued, “But if you research and you study and make it personal, you just become that person, and it’s your truth and everything else around you falls away. Then you’re telling the truth, it’s not lying, it’s not fake.”

Also discussing the advice that Spielberg gave her, Drew stated, “Steven told me, ‘Don’t act your characters. Be your characters.’”

The “Charlie’s Angels” babe then noted, “At 6, I guess I was comfortable and humorous that I would have remembered now. But once I got older and kept continuing acting, I don’t know if I would have succeeded without that advice, because that’s the thing that saved me. I’m not actor, I’m a pretender.”

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