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Drew on Love

You can hardly blame Barrymore for being sentimental, though it is a little surprising. After all, this is a woman who has had two very short-lived marriages: One to Welsh bar owner Jeremy Thomas lasted less than two months; the other, to comedian Tom Green, less than six months. Then she took up with Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti, whom she was with for five years -- an eternity in BST (Barrymore Standard Time). More recently she was linked to Justin Long, the guy in the Mac commercials, who was also her costar in He's Just Not That Into You. When asked about finding love on the set of a film about love and then going through a very public breakup, Barrymore becomes terse. "I'm not going to comment on it," she explains. "I know, it sucks. But I don't feel comfortable sharing it. It's so deeply personal." Eventually she offers: "It was very light and fun and lovely for a moment." But like so many of Barrymore's relationships, it just wasn't meant to be. And while she was spotted smooching Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick at a New York club last fall, she is quick to add that she's been single for the past six months -- which might be a record for her.

So what does love mean to Barrymore, who has had a lock on the topic after starring in such films as Ever After, 50 First Dates, The Wedding Singer, and Music and Lyrics? "It's that feeling that you're not alone in this world and that life makes sense," she says. "Love is something that evolves over many years, that is without judgment and requires a lot of patience, nurturing and enabling of great things...." Then she pauses, lets out a hearty laugh and adds: "I've never really pontificated about love. I'll get back to you on that one!"

With no man on the horizon for now, Barrymore is just happy being present in her life. But that self-focus isn't narcissistic. Those who know her say that she is probably the most generous, benevolent actress in town. "Drew is both worldly and grounded, an old soul filled with child wonder," says Scarlett Johansson. "She brings light to every room she enters."

Adds Goodwin: "She's not someone who's jaded. She puts herself out there all the time."

Indeed, Barrymore has a reputation as a committed do-gooder. She is an active supporter of many causes and has given a share of her profits to philanthropic organizations, most notably the United Nations World Food Programme, to which she donated $1 million last year. "I think it's so important to contribute outside of yourself," says Barrymore. "I think hedonism, escapism, laughter, and fun are paramount, but as you grow up, it's not enough to be happy and laugh. There's something missing in your make-up if that's all you're about. I love the lighter side of life as much as the next person, but I've become less and less afraid of the heavy stuff."

Continued on page 3:  Drew Gives Back

 

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