Drew Barrymore has always been open about her wild child days as a young actress. Now the “Santa Clarita Diet” star is getting candid about her past drug use and the lessons she’s learned from her hard-partying years.
The 43-year-old actress was a guest on Netflix’s “Norm Macdonald Has A Show” when the host asked her a blunt question.
“Do you miss cocaine?” Norm Macdonald asks.
“No. Oh God, I mean, it’s been a very long time, but no,” Barrymore replies. “Nothing would make me have a panic attack and seem like a bigger nightmare.”
With her drug use beginning at an early age, Barrymore notoriously went to rehab – twice – by the time she was 13.
“I never did hallucinogenics… but I drink and I enjoy my life and I like to get out of my own head. It’s not like I’m this militant person of clarity and presence but [cocaine] literally seems like my worst nightmare right now,” she tells the Canadian comedian.
With her past long behind her, Barrymore says she turned to drugs to make herself “feel good.”
“I’ve never done heroin, so I don’t know what that’s like – I think I liked to feel good. I’m an upper person… you know, I’m like ‘Woo hoo!’… I also didn’t want to be like, ‘Man I see s–t.’ Again, I’d be like [screams]. I will not drink my drink at a bar if it has not been in my, like, vision, or, like, the side cornea,” she says.
Now, the actress is able to reconcile with her time as a child star and has learned how to move on.
“It really is a recipe for disaster. But, you know, what’s exciting? I got my s*** over with by like, 14 – like, midlife crisis, you know, institutionalized, blacklisted, no family, like, got it done – and then got into the cycle of being my own parent,” she admits.
Over the years, Barrymore has also been candid about her relationship with her mother, Jaid Barrymore, telling Macdonald she brought her along to nightclubs more often than taking her to school.
“I had a mom, but she was more like a best friend. She was like, ‘Do you want to go to school and get bullied all day or do you want to go to Studio 54?’ And I’m like, ‘Yes, absolutely! I don’t want to spend the day with these little f***ers who are just awful.’ Kids are so mean,” she recalls.
“I really wasn’t raised around kids and I didn’t have grandparents, so young people and old people, I was very weird around,” she explained. “I didn’t know what bracket of age I belonged in, but I was much happier at the clubs.”