Drew Barrymore to talk new memoir at Michigan Theater

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 3:15pm

It’s hard to mention Drew Barrymore without referencing her tumultuous childhood. Though the perils of fame plagued her formative years — habitual nightclubbing as a pre-teen, rehab by age 14, living on her own and dealing with familial instability through it all — Barrymore prevailed with poise. Today, her repertoire continues to expand: she identifies as an actress, director, producer, philanthropist, author, mother and co-founder of the cosmetic company Flower Beauty.

Throughout her four decades with a public audience, Barrymore has accumulated an arsenal of life lessons. She first shared her uncensored, cautionary tale in 1990, focusing on her deviant youth in “Little Girl Lost.” Barrymore’s newest memoir, “Wildflower” chronicles her turbulent past and deems it essential to her present — admittedly her happiest, married to actor Will Kopelman and mother to two toddlers Olive and Frankie. In the recent November issue of InStyle magazine — the third time the publication’s editor Ariel Foxman has elected Barrymore cover girl — Barrymore admits her conscious decision to disregard her inaugural narrative as she wrote “Wildflower.”

“It’s in my room, in the Barrymore library’ — the stack of all the dusty old hardcover books my family has written, from my Aunt Diana’s Too Much, Too Soon’ to everything that Ethel, Lionel and John (Barrymore) wrote. 'Little Girl Lost' belongs in that crazy category, and I’m glad it’s there, but I didn’t want to be influenced this time around,” Barrymore said in the interview.

The remainder of the intimate interview with longtime friend Foxman showcases signature Barrymore — unapologetic, unedited and exceedingly wise — covering everything from her family goldfish’s feeding schedule to the specifics of her latest film, “Miss You Already,” which premiered during the Toronto International Film Festival this SeptemberAs Foxman continues to praise her remarkable, persisting likability, Barrymore modestly withholds any self-praise. She simply admits her lifelong goal of being everyone’s cheerleader, a quality she saw best embodied in Norm from “Cheers.”  Ever the optimist, Barrymore regards her past with reverence, maintaining the invaluable learning experiences derived from missteps, a key concept of her new autobiography.

In collaboration with Nicola’s Books, The Michigan Theater is hosting the only Michigan stop of her “Wildflower” book tour. During Wednesday’s “An Evening with Drew Barrymore,” the actress is set to speak about her work, read excerpts from the memoir and answer questions from the moderator, theater director of sponsorship Drew Waller. Guests can submit questions upon entry to the show.  Each ticket purchase includes a copy of the memoir, released Oct. 27, which Barrymore can sign following the presentation.

“I think it’s a really great chance to see someone we know as an actress,” said Ruth Lednicer, the theater’s senior director of marketing and programs.

Barrymore’s directorial debut “Whip It” — the roller derby-dramedy starring Ellen Page, filmed throughout the Metro Detroit area. Though her repertoire continues to expand, today, Barrymore dabbles in all facets of filmmaking from acting to producing.

“She’s pretty multifaceted and a very talented woman,” Lednicer said. “She’s lived a very intense life in 40 years, and has some really nice insights to what’s important in life.”

Lednicer received a pre-release copy of the memoir, and was apt to share a synopsis.

“Her book is really her various life stories — growing up in the crazy world she grew up in and how having her daughters helped her solidify her life and calm her and center her world,” Lednicer said. “Her mother was a single mother that raised her with the idea that she should do whatever she wanted to do. Sadly, her mother ended up checking her into a rehab center at the age of 12, but Drew said that’s the best thing that could’ve happened to her because it taught her respect and gratitude and grounded her.”