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Hollywood blacklisted Drew Barrymore at age 12 because of his bad drug habits.
The actress, who was open about her addiction to marijuana and cocaine as a barely teenager, feels lucky to be working in television and film after many studios saw her as a child wild.
“I don’t know how I ended up here, but I’ll never lose sight of how lucky I am,” said Drew, who started his first talk show in America last month, on Sunday. “Being on the blacklist at 12, I enjoy every job I have. I know what it’s like to lose and work for things and be so lucky and have the opportunities that I have and everything in between.
“I don’t think there is much to hide at this point. I am honored that whoever will come on the series. I am not a supposed person. I’ve been in this industry my whole life, but I’m just as excited to be around great people as anyone… I’ve never pretended to be someone I’m not. I have never felt more humble and grateful than I am right now – to be alive, to have two healthy children, to be a part of this team and this team and to have this opportunity.
And the Charlie’s Angels star understands why people would think of her as “damaged merchandise,” but having children has made her a better person.
“When you have your kids, it’s different,” she adds. “You are being asked to be the best version of yourself and this is something I did not take lightly. I struggle, I fail and one of the most important things I want to teach my own children – and myself as I grow up with them – is that change is so important, change in the world and the change in yourself.