A Minute With: Drew Barrymore directing "Whip It"

Thu Oct 1, 2009 11:36am EDT
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - She grew up a child star in a famous Hollywood family, and Drew Barrymore has gone from acclaimed actress to movie producer and now director of her first feature film, "Whip It."

The film, about a Texas teenager played by Ellen Page who forsakes her mother's wish for beauty queen notoriety and joins the rough-and-tumble world of female roller derby, premiered this month to good reviews at the Toronto International Film festival and opens on Friday at U.S. theaters.

At its heart, "Whip It" tells of a young woman's coming of age and of finding comfort in her own, tough skin. Barrymore spoke to Reuters about directing her first movie.

Q: We saw the movie in Toronto, and you seemed nervous on stage talking to the audience. Were you?

A: "I was excited, not nervous. I felt confident about the film I was presenting, but it was a big opportunity for me."

Q: An opportunity? From the perspective of playing at the festival or from the point-of-view of your directing debut?

A: 'Both, really, but more from the directorial side."

Q: And the reaction was good. That must feel great?   Continued...

<p>Director of the movie and cast member Drew Barrymore poses at the premiere of "Whip It" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California, September 29, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>