Drew Barrymore Reveals the Lies She Told Steven Spielberg in an Attempt to Land 'Poltergeist' Part

by Jackie Willis 6:20 AM PST, November 06, 2015
Playing Drew Barrymore Reveals the Lies She Told Steven Spielberg in an Attempt to Land 'Poltergeist' Part

A six-year-old Drew Barrymore had no qualms about telling a few fibs to one of the most acclaimed filmmakers in the world.

During her chat with Ellen DeGeneres in promotion of her new memoir, Wildflower, the actress revealed that she wasn't completely truthful with Steven Spielberg when she first met him.

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"I lied my face off," Barrymore revealed on Friday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I told him I was in a rock 'n roll band. I was a drummer, of course, because drummers are the coolest, and that I was a cook."

Barrymore recalled an audition she had for Poltergeist with Spielberg, the producer of the film, and how she felt like she had him in her "butterfly net" with all her fictitious tales. "Pippi Longstocking was my hero, so I just felt like girls can do anything. There's no ceiling," she explained. "I sold myself and told my little stories."

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After their meeting, Spielberg told Barrymore that he didn't think she was right for Poltergeist, but he had something else in mind for her. "I was like, 'Oh yeah, OK, I'm sure he won't call,'" she said.

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But he did call.

"I went in for it and it was a movie called This Boy's Life. After numerous auditions, I got that, which later became a different title called E.T.," Barrymore exclaimed. "So crazy."

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At 40 years old, Barrymore now has two children of her own, and during her recent interview with ET, she pointed out how much her daughter looks like her when she was a kid.

Upon seeing the first interview she did with ET at age 7, Barrymore squealed, "Oh my God, it's Olive. I'm freaking out. I feel like I'm seeing my daughter."