My Date With Drew Barrymore

IMG_1825Okay, I am exaggerating about having an actual date with Drew Barrymore.  I wish I had.  I did, however, enjoy a lively Q&A with her, along with a few hundred other Drew fans, last Saturday evening at The Center for Spiritual Living in Seattle.  Drew is on a 10-city tour to promote her new book Wildflower, which is filled with personal stories (aka essays).  She is quick to note this book is not a memoir.  Drew said she felt “memoir” is too heavy a word for what she wanted to do with this book.  It is worth noting, Drew had no plans to write a book; however, she said these stories were begging her to be told.  Thus, she wrote these select stories over a span of several months, shutting herself in a room to concentrate.

I have long admired sweet Drew starting with her role as Gertie in E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982) at the tender age of 6.  I do not know why I was initially drawn to her as a 10-year old myself.  I just was.  Now that I am an adult, I can say I like her spunk, her honesty and her authenticity.  What you see is what you get with Drew.  She isn’t contrived.  Throughout the interviews of her I have seen over the years, I find her to be kind, thoughtful, empathetic and sensitive.  On the other hand, she is also strong, determined, hard-working and self-effacing.  That is a dream set of personal characteristics if you ask me.

The moderator for the evening, writer/director Lynn Shelton, emerged for the Q&A in a short black dress and patterned tights, trailed by Drew in a long-sleeved black top and a long floral skirt (signature Drew style!).  Drew quickly made light of their polar-opposite outfits by hiking up her skirt to her knee and flicking her long, wavy hair over her shoulder.  Lynn asked Drew a handful of questions to which Drew followed with 10+ minutes of lively answer to each.  By the time it came to the audience questions, Drew agreed to do a speed round to get through all of them, truncating her usual long-winded answers by 75%.

Throughout the evening, Drew was a great sport, highly animated and very funny.  It could not have been a better way to spend a cold, rainy night in Seattle, and it certainly raised my love for Drew to a higher level (if that is possible).  Drew signed books after the Q&A, but the audience was asked not to take any photographs at the book signing.  Thus, I have no selfies with Drew to share with you.  It was a thrill to meet Drew as she signed my book, which basically entailed me smiling at her and her smiling sweetly back at me. I kind of blew my chance to make an impression.  Ha!  Thanks for a fabulous evening, Drew. xo

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