Drew Barrymore Gotham Magazine May 2009 (Pictures)

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Drew Barrymore gave up her cell phone for three weeks because she was so dedicated to her upcoming HBO movie, Grey Gardens, based on the lives of the eccentric aunt and first cousin of former First Lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis.


The beloved Drew portrays “Little” Edie Bouvier Beale in the feature.

“I felt I had to isolate myself,” Drew says in an interview with the May issue of Gotham Magazine. “It was really painful for me not to have contact with the people I love. I felt like it would be fraudulent to talk on a cell phone — ‘Like, yeah, I’ll call you back in a second’ — and walk back on set and pretend I’m this person who wouldn’t even know what a cell phone was.”

Drew found herself the perfect fit play Little Edie. After all, the former child star has triumphed over life’s adversities many times herself: “I try to realize what and who’s important. What’s important is being good to people I love and earning their respect and being available to them physically and emotionally. That’s my biggest and only priority, and the rest of it you just can’t control.”

Grey Gardens airs April 19 on HBO.