It's a shame that Drew Barrymore doesn't do photo shoots like this one anymore...
Lately she's selling the romantic cute far more often than the nympho sex kitten. You no longer see her stretched out naked in the grass on magazine covers. She doesn't strip on David Letterman's desk. But, given that she's been famous since she was 6 or 7, she probably feels like one of the grande dames of Hollywood. Even if she's only 33.
Wouldn't you love to see the sex kitten come out again? Take her for one less rampage through the stuffy mainstream media, Drew!
Well, I might not be over that incarnation of Drew but the girl herself seems to be and she's the boss of her. She's been making romantic comedies for so many years now that it seems like people have forgotten that for a brief flickering moment in Donnie Darko she gave us a peak at the future mature actress Drew. Little Gertie from E.T. as a high school teacher. My brain was sufficiently blown. We're about to see the "Serious Actress" Drew again in Grey Gardens but first she'll take another spin into romantic comedy with the all star adaptation of He's Just Not That Into You. Other ladies in the ensemble include Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Aniston, Scarjo and Jennifer Connelly. Yes, they're apparently pulling out all the stops for that one.
As I've said in the comments before, I've always believed that as soon as Drew challenged herself in a Oscar friendly role, she'd be nominated. Oscar friendly = dramatic. It's not that Drew isn't skilled at comedy. But that's not what actors win significant acclaim for. Not fair but true. So, why shouldn't one of the most beloved movie stars in the world follow her great aunt (Ethel) and great uncle (Lionel) to Oscar glory?
If you've already checked out my Best Actress Oscar predictions, you'll see that she's one of my five choices for next February's shortlist. Yes, it's way too early to be doing these things but I'm pretty confident about seeing her there. In fact, she's one of only two actresses I feel confident about (the other is Meryl Streep. duh x 15)
"Little Edie" and "Big Edie" Bouvier Beale, cousins of Jackie Onassis have stayed in the public consciousness due to the beloved 1975 documentary Grey Gardens. Last June Broadway star Christine Ebersole won the lead TONY Award playing "Little Edie" in a musicalized version of the story. Her win was a slam dunk, so memorable was both role and star turn. While the documentary trained its eye only on the Beales as old women, the musical sliced the story in half to show you the past (Act 1) and then, like the documentary, give you the older women reminiscing in the present (Act 2). The movie Grey Gardens is sans show tunes but I believe they're using a similar approach. After all, early stills of Drew in character have her looking young and glamorous and Jeanne Tripplehorn will appear as Jackie Onassis. Perhaps the second half of the movie will be more like the documentary and we'll see Little Edie middle aged, bizarrely dressed and living with her decrepit mother in squalor.
I don't know anything about the 35 year old behind the camera (Michael Sucsy) because this is his directorial debut. It could be special, cross your fingers. I can't wait to see Jessica Lange ("Big Edie") and Drew Barrymore surrounded by cats, continually obsessing on their earlier and more glamorous lifestyles.
Full pointless "Early Bird" Oscar Predictions here