Drew Barrymore Is Done With Movies For Now. Here's Why

Drew Barrymore has an impressive resume to brag about, but that doesn't mean that the Hollywood starlet is looking to take on any new movie projects. As fans know, Barrymore began acting at a young age. Acting is quite literally in her blood, as she was born to actors John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore. She earned her first role at the age of 3, starring as Bobbi Graham in the TV movie Suddenly, Love. Barrymore then melted hearts with her performance as Gertie in the 1982 blockbuster E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which served as a launching pad for huge roles in popular films like Never Been Kissed, 50 First Dates, and Charlie's Angels.

One of Barrymore's most recent roles was in Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet, where she served as an actor and executive producer. As of March 2021, Barrymore has been busy with her self-titled talk show. In an interview with Variety, she confessed that she didn't think the show would ever air because of the pandemic. "I have worked really hard on a lot of things in my life that didn't manifest, and I know those all ended up being building blocks for something else, so I tried to keep that discipline that I don't think anything is a waste of time," she said of the delays. "The harder you work and the more you apply yourself, somewhere, it will pay off."

With her new talk show is underway, Barrymore doesn't have plans to act in movies anytime soon.

Drew Barrymore stepping away from movies isn't a huge shock

Drew Barrymore says that she has no plans to star in movies at any point in the near future. In a March 2021 interview with Andy Cohen on his Sirius XM show Radio Andy, Barrymore confessed that she doesn't have the burning desire to return to film at the moment. "If I'm being honest, the answer is 'no, I don't want to be on a film set right now,'" she told Cohen. But the actress had a good reason as to why she is putting her career on hold for the time being. 

She told the Bravo mastermind that her two kids — Olive Kopelman and Frankie Kopelman, whom she shares with ex-husband Will Kopelman, come first. "I stopped doing movies when my kids were born because I've done it since I was in diapers — at 11 months old is when I started — and it was a no brainer to me to put making movies on a back-burner so that I can be present and raise my kids myself," she dished.

Though the actor did admit to being a little bit scared of stepping away from something she had been doing her whole life, she filled the void by starting brands, starring in a Netflix show, writing a book, and starring in her talk show. And while movies are not on her radar now, Drew did leave the door open, admitting that her film career could start again once her kids are older.