Drew Barrymore gets emotional as she visits mental health institute she stayed at for 18 months

Drew Barrymore rang in the premiere of season two of The Drew Barrymore Show with a visit to the mental health institution that she was put in at 13 years old for 1.5 years.

The 46-year-old movie star, who took sat on top of her car outside of the fence of the facility, got emotional about the time she spent there.

‘I was a real wild child and I just got so out of control that no one knew what to do with me,’ as she broke down in tears.

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Emotional: Drew Barrymore rang in the premiere of season two of The Drew Barrymore Show with a visit to the mental health institution that she was put in at 13 years old for 1.5 years. The 46-year-old movie star, who took sat on top of her car outside of the fence of the facility, got emotional about the time she spent there

‘They drove me here in the middle of the night and they walked me through those two doors and when you go through those two doors you do not come out,’ Drew explained.

Adding: ‘And I was there for a year and a half.’

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Drew had a drug and alcohol addiction at 13 and her mom admitted her to the Van Nuys Psychiatric Hospital for an 18 month stay.

She said people were ‘put in stretcher restraints and tied up’ and thrown into ‘padded rooms.

From the heart: ‘I was a real wild child and I just got so out of control that no one knew what to do with me,’ as she broke down in tears

Throwback: Drew had a drug and alcohol addiction at 13 and her mom admitted her to the Van Nuys Psychiatric Hospital for an 18 month stay; seen at age 15 in May 1990

On why Drew chose to visit it: ‘I think this is important for me to share with people because when they watch our show we have a very beautiful set and I get to dress in nice clothing and get my hair and makeup done and there is an elegance, hopefully to the show.

‘But I will never lose sight of this part of my story and I have seen and been through things and they’ve helped me just recognize in all of us that we go through stuff.’ 

‘And it can’t be embarrassing. It has to be our strengths, it has to be something that we can be proud of because we overcame it and we look back with  honor and humor.’

Real: On why Drew chose to visit it: ‘I think this is important for me to share with people because when they watch our show we have a very beautiful set and I get to dress in nice clothing and get my hair and makeup done and there is an elegance, hopefully to the show

Teary eyed: ‘But I will never lose sight of this part of my story and I have seen and been through ‘things and they’ve helped me just recognize in all of us that we go through stuff.

Drew said it was ’empowering’ to visit the facility since she has since come so far from it.

‘Life is so wonderful compared to what it was in this place. I can’t even believe I actually get be be where I am now because when I was here I didn’t see that, I thought I would be here forever,’ as she cried.

‘I never thought I was going to make it to somewhere better and I am just so happy with my life and I don’t know if I would have the life I have if it wasn’t for a place like this. So it was so important to come here today and just like honor this.’ 

During an in person interview with Jennifer Aniston for the premiere, the former Friends star talked about having a great time starring as tough-talking, cunning morning show star Alex Levy on The Morning Show.

She told Drew on Monday while on stage at the Paramount Theater in Los Angeles that playing Alex has been better for her mental health than years of therapy.

The ex of Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux also said she does not care what people think of her playing an aggressive women on the Apple TV+ show because she no longer gives a ‘rat’s ass’ about judgments.

Sitting pretty: Jennifer Aniston told Drew Barrymore on Monday while at the Paramount Theater in Los Angeles that playing Alex on The Morning Show has been better for her mental health than years of therapy

Don’t care: The ex of Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux also said she does not care what people think of her playing an aggressive women on the Apple TV+ show because she no longer gives a ‘rat’s ass’ about judgments

Monday’s show kicked off season two of The Drew Barrymore Show.

Drew asked Jen: You know The Morning Show, what are you channeling in that because it’s the greatest thing I’ve ever seen as an actress and in your body of work?

Jennifer replied: ‘It was basically about just revisiting some of the shadows, blind spots that I put into a particular file and meeting them head on and actually releasing them.’

And the We’re The Millers star also said it was like ‘an extraordinary therapy, better than any actual therapist that I’ve been going to for years on end.’

The character: Drew asked Jen: You know The Morning Show, what are you channeling in that because it’s the greatest thing I’ve ever seen as an actress and in your body of work? Jennifer replied: ‘It was basically about just revisiting some of the shadows, blind spots that I put into a particular file and meeting them head on and actually releasing them’

When Drew asked if Levy ‘is the closest character to you or that you’ve blessed it with some of your deepest truths’ Jennifer said it’s a little bit of both. 

‘Alex Levy is people, someone maybe in particular, who I have witnessed in my life,’ said the pinup.

‘People, say a combination of people, who I have watched and I remember thinking, “I don’t want to ever do that. I don’t want to be that.”

Therapy: And the We’re The Millers star also said it was like ‘an extraordinary therapy, better than any actual therapist that I’ve been going to for years on end’

‘Then there is sort of tapping into the part that wants to have that scream into your pillow yell, which I was never able to do until I did it in front of 150 crew members.

In the past she would not let yourself do that.

‘I didn’t know how to, I like to discuss things, have a conversation, a rational conversation because if you ever with someone who is a screamer, nothing gets done. I just go shut down, shut down, shut down.’

Jen’s role: When Drew asked if Levy ‘is the closest character to you or that you’ve blessed it with some of your deepest truths’ Jennifer said it’s a little bit of both. ‘Alex Levy is people, someone maybe in particular, who I have witnessed in my life,’ said the pinup

Making some extra coin: Aniston has just launched her LolaVie hair care line

And she said she really feels like she has nothing to lose now. 

‘There is a part as you get older that you just hit a wonderful who gives a rat’s ***,’ said Aniston.

Drew then said: ‘I thank you for sharing that with the world because it’s cathartic for us watching it. I’m serious, I just marvel. I marvel, I marvel, I marvel.’

They also talked pal Adam Sandler. Jennifer has worked with the actor of Just Go With It… and Murder Mystery.

And Drew and Adam made The Wedding Singer and First 50 Dates.  

The Sandler connection: Drew then said there was a Twitter debate about who is a better partner for Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston or Drew Barrymore? Jennifer said, ‘Oh well that’s a no brainer. There’s the phrase the guys like to say bros before hoes. Drew: ‘Oh my God I was going to say hoes before bros’

Jennifer called him The Sand Man and added, ‘He’s a unicorn because he is joy, he walks with joy, lives with joy and he doesn’t get moody. Yeah, comedians are moody.’ 

Drew then said there was a Twitter debate about who is a better partner for Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston or Drew Barrymore? 

Jennifer said, ‘Oh well that’s a no brainer. There’s the phrase the guys like to say bros before hoes.

Drew: ‘Oh my God I was going to say hoes before bros.’

Aniston then said, ‘Always.’

Good call: And Drew surprised Drew-Gooder Dolores Sheen , who is co-founder of L.A.’s Sheenway School & Cultural Center, with $20,000 for the school

Barrymore then said:’ And that is sisterhood. And we have had that and you have that with your friends and we just celebrate that and I loved that that was the true answer.’

Drew and Jennifer also played a game of Let’s Make A Deal to raise money for Wagmore Pets Dog Rescue with special Host Wayne Brady. 

And Drew surprised Drew-Gooder Dolores Sheen, who is co-founder of L.A.’s Sheenway School & Cultural Center, with $20,000 for the school.

Tune in to new episodes of The Drew Barrymore Show weekdays. Season two kicks off on Monday, September 13. Visit thedrewbarrymoreshow.com for air times .

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