Drew Barrymore Says Her Younger Self 'Wouldn't Listen' to Her Advice Now: 'I Wanted Wild, Rebellious Fun'

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Drew Barrymore is opening up about what she would tell her younger self.

While walking the red carpet for the 26th Annual Webby Awards, the 47-year-old actress and talk show host spoke candidly about the advice she'd now give to a young Drew, who struggled with addiction at an early age.

"She wouldn't have listened," Barrymore told PEOPLE Monday. "But I have better advice for myself now. I like trying to tell myself to please react with grace. Be on the high road. Don't flip out about everything. Find calm, find peace."

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 8: 'ET' star Drew Barrymore poses for a photograph June 8, 1982 in New York City. (Photo by Yvonne Hemsey/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 8: 'ET' star Drew Barrymore poses for a photograph June 8, 1982 in New York City. (Photo by Yvonne Hemsey/Getty Images)

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"Those are things I wish I could've told myself when I was a kid, but I would've never thought those things were possible, nor did I really want them at that time. Now I want them," she continued.

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"I wanted wild, rebellious fun," the Santa Clarita Diet actress added.

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Barrymore has previously been open about her "wild" past, including being admitted to Van Nuys Psychiatric Hospital for 18 months when she was 13 years old.

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In celebration of the Season 2 premiere of The Drew Barrymore Show in September last year, Barrymore, who lives in New York, took a tour of Los Angeles and stopped at the institution where she spent time as a child. She recalled the experience in a video clip, discussing how it shaped her into the woman she is today.

"I was a real wild child and I just got so out of control that no one knew what to do with me," Barrymore tearfully shared at the time.

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