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Kidsday interviews Drew Barrymore

Actress Drew Barrymore who is starring in the

Actress Drew Barrymore who is starring in the film "Big Miracle" is sitting with Kidsday reporters, from left, Brandon Persaud, Madison Treudler, Natalie Alfano and Sophia DiMeglio and, ages 9 and 10. The Kidsday reporters, from Our Lady of Wisdom School in Port Jefferson, are at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan. (Jan. 25, 2012) Credit: Newsday/Pat Mullooly

We interviewed actress Drew Barrymore when she was in Manhattan recently.

Which movie did you have the most fun doing?

Like, in all the movies I've ever done? I like working with Adam Sandler. He's so fun. Like, he's the coolest of the cool. And then I had a good time making "Charlie's Angels," because that was just fun to like be tough with my girlfriends. That was amazing. And then I got to do a movie called "Ever After." It means so much to me, that movie, because it taught me so much. Like, it changed who I was. I always loved Cinderella my whole life, but it taught me to rescue myself, and it was very empowering. I think those are some of my favorites.

Have you ever visited Long Island and for what purpose?

I'm sure that I have, and I believe I worked on a film there actually called "Riding in Cars With Boys," and to get back to you with that question. "Music and Lyrics" at the amusement park, Adventureland, [it's] small, kind of old school. I went to Adventureland.

What you do like doing better, acting or voice-overs, and why?

I like both. I love doing voice-overs because I love those kinds of movies. Certainly when you act in a film, it's a more like full experience. But doing voices is really cool, too. I've gotten to do some fun movies. So I like it. I like playing a dog. I don't know why, but I played a lot of dogs, and I plan to play as many more as I can.

Did you like hanging out with the cast of "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" 1 & 2?

Yes, very much. Salma Hayek was really nice and George Lopez was so nice and, it's fun when you get to be with them, and Andy Garcia was very nice. Because it's, like, you want to . . . be really in the moment. So it was so fun to work with them because they just . . . make you better. It's like if you had to go to class all by yourself, it's kind of lonely.

Will you be directing any other films?

If I can help it, yes. It's all I want to do.

Do you have a best friend off set?

I do. I love my best friends. I have a couple best friends and they're the coolest. I have a best friend, Robin, and she's, like, very proper and she acts like she knows everything, but she's very sweet. She's like a good sister. When you need somebody she's always there for you. Then I have a best friend Mel. She'll make fun of you until you're crying and laughing. Like, she's the funniest person in the world, a do-that-quick, salty kind of sassy person. And we like to go on trips and just spend, like, kind of a family type of a weekend and cook together. They're always there when I need them, and I'm always trying to be the best person I can for them.

What's the best and worst thing about being famous?

I don't think there really are any worst things, which is nice. . . . I'm really grateful for everything. So I don't take anything for granted. Like, it's just a really wonderful, lucky, amazing life. There's nothing really bad. I think some other people think so, but I don't. I love my life. I'm really happy. And then the best is just everything. I feel like everything is possible. If you dream it up, you can make it happen, but that doesn't really matter if you're an actor or a filmmaker or not. You just go out there and make it happen. So I'm a very happy person.

What is it like being an actress?

It's cool. You know if you have a lot of different curiosities, about a lot of different lives to live, you can live a bunch of different ones. You could be a journalist for six months, you can go live in that strange town for six months or you can play a marine biologist or a Green Peace Activist and work with whales. Who knows where I will be going next It's very adventurous.


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