"The stories that I want to tell especially as a director dont necessarily have a perfect ending because the older you get the more you appreciate a good day versus a happy ending. You understand that life continues on the next day the reality of things is what happens tomorrow."
"I dont mind a little Sturm und Drang. When I was doing Riding in Cars With Boys I wouldnt smile at anybody because my character Bev was angry at the world. Im the opposite. Inside my head Id be like God Ill explain to you at the end of shooting that Im not this person."
"I grew up in a family that was multifaceted sexually oriented and pretty much open to everything. And because I was working my friends were all adults. I had a tough time going to different schools because people knew me from films and I was the fat child who got beaten up every day."
"When youre young youre always wondering when youre actually going to feel like a grownup. And I think you probably fear it in a sense too. Theres a danger to feeling like an adult... like this whimsical kid in you is going to die or something. And then all of a sudden one day you kind of feel like an adult and its really nice."
"Becoming emancipated at 14 my life wasnt normal. I didnt have to go to school so I didnt. I was rebellious by nature. I spent my 20s focusing on my company Flower Films and producing movies. Now that Im almost 30 I would like to try other things in lie. Im crazy about photography and I want to take an art history class."
"Ive always said that one night Im going to find myself in some field somewhere Im standing on grass and its raining and Im with the person I love and I know Im at the very point Ive been dreaming of getting to."
"I still at hotel rooms I do this one sort of not-so-cool thing: continually shoving my room service tray in front of someone elses door. Because I dont want the remnants. I dont want to be caught like being like the pig that I was at two in the morning."
"I really have created a family. I work with the people I love I travel with them I make films with them and Im in an office with them. So in a weird way - I know I havent birthed a child - I feel that Im a part of creating a family. Its a tribe. I love that word."
"Great dad. Yeah he would ask me for money on birthdays and you know inappropriate times. And I just wrote him off like Youre not a father. I just learned you cannot emotionally invest in people who are not attainable."
"I love inventive food but I want the classic dishes to taste like how I remember them. I get a little bummed out when there is too much fancy stuff going on and it doesnt resemble the original dish at all."
"Theres a tremendous difference between alone and lonely. You could be lonely in a group of people. I like being alone. I like eating by myself. I go home at night and just watch a movie or hang out with my dog. I have to exert myself and really say oh God Ive got to see my friends cause Im too content being by myself."
"At 35 Im definitely starting to feel more like a grown-up than I ever have. Theres nothing in my life that is childish or whimsical. Having fun is fantastic and I never want to lose a sense of that - and also I think you have to have that to put into your work or else its going to feel stiff."
"When I did E.T. it sort of solidified the only family I know are these film crews. These gypsies. These filmmakers. That was the solidification and the clicking revelations of This is what I want to do with my life and this is where Im going to survive."
"You cant live your life blaming your failures on your parents and what they did or didnt do for you. Youre dealt the cards that youre dealt. I realised it was a waste of time to be angry at my parents and feel sorry for myself."
"The low points I had all helped make up my character so I probably wouldnt want to do away with them because I like being flawed and I like having them help me grow and change and become better and stronger."
"Being a Barrymore didnt help me other than giving me a great sense of pride and a strange spiritual sense that I felt OK about having the passion to act. It made sense because my whole family had done it and it helped rationalise it for me."
"My therapist says I still havent got in touch with my anger. Maybe one day Im going to explode. But Im still really happy. I know it looks like a strange and painful upbringing - all those experiences led me to the paths that Im on now."
"I remember being on film sets when I was younger and only men got to do the cool action movies. So I thought Maybe Ill get to produce one day and get to do cool stuff too which is what happened when we did Charlies Angels. Starting my production company was a big turning point for me."
"The people I grew up around who I really liked were quick on the draw. It always just wowed me. And my mum would make weird funny comments. I can see in myself her self-deprecating hippie humour. I cant take myself too seriously."
"Producing is so exciting because you can enable things to happen whether its like discovering a filmmaker who youre taking a chance on protecting a battle and driving home at the end of the day just going Im so glad I stayed late at work and fought hard for that. Had my passion. Won that battle."