Drew Barrymore famously had her screen debut at six years old in E.T., a film directed by Steven Spielberg (who later became her godfather when she was a teen). But just because she had the ultimate Hollywood connection, doesn’t mean things were handed to her. In fact, Barrymore, who turns 43 today, didn’t get the first job she auditioned in front of Spielberg for, despite some heavy embellishing on her accomplishments. She eventually went on to become a star and she and Spielberg have remained close—much more so than she has been with her godmother, Sophia Loren (at least publicly).
“I lied to him. I lied my face off,” Barrymore recalled of when she visited the set of Poltergeist, for which Spielberg was a producer.
“I told him I was in a rock and roll band—that I was a drummer, of course. Because drummers are the coolest,” she said, later adding: “I felt like I had him in my butterfly net. I was so excited. Pippi Longstocking was my hero, so I felt like girls can do anything—you know, there’s no ceiling! So I sold myself, and told my little stories.”
Unfortunately, her little stories didn’t land her the part. Spielberg told the young Barrymore that she wasn’t right for the role, but that she should come audition for another movie he was making.
“I was like, ‘ Oh yeah, ok, sure. I’m sure he won’t call.’ And he did!” she explained of a project that was called This Boy’s Life at the time. “After numerous auditions I got that, [and the movie] became a different title called E.T.”
Barrymore and Spielberg have been photographed over the years supporting each other’s projects, and of course, for the anniversary of the film that brought them together professionally, E.T. We’re sure that at some point today Drew can expect a “Happy Birthday” note from her god dad, Steve.END
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