At only 7-years-old, Drew Barrymore became a mega-star after playing the role of Gertie in the classic 1982 film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, but the actress is now revealing that the movie’s director, Steven Spielberg, gave her quite the bit of advice afterwards.
“After E.T. came out, every endorsement deal on the planet came running at us and he [Steven] told me not to do that,” the now 44-year-old told The Daily Telegraph’s Confidential during a visit to Sydney. She added, “‘He said no, don’t do that, have a broad vision and don’t sell out, go for the long run.”
And it certainly seems like the actress now has a “broad vision,” as she launched her own cosmetics line, FLOWER Beauty, back in 2013. That is on top the countless films she went on to do, including other classics like Never Been Kissed and Ever After: A Cinderella Story. But Drew wasn’t the only child actor to appear in the iconic homesick alien film, as Henry Thomas played E.T.’s best human pal, Elliot.
The 47-year-old once exclusively told Closer Weekly how difficult it is to be known for one performance. “It’s hard when you’re remembered for an iconic role,” he said. “But I’m in an industry where in order to get a job, I have to go into a room and get either rejected or accepted. If you have a thin skin, you just won’t last very long.” The Gangs of New York costar also revealed how much fame impacted him.
“I didn’t know how to deal with the attention or fame. You kind of become a social outcast, because suddenly you’re in some other category, but don’t feel any different,” he explained. “I spent a lot of time worrying about how I was being accepted by other kids, so I reacted by keeping to myself, and I was already sort of an introvert. As I got older, I didn’t let it affect me like that at all.”
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