As she reveals to Mitch, Drew Barrymore was 6 years old when she turned in her first script. To her godfather. And though that project didn't quite get off the ground, Barrymore never lost the desire to become a director.
She makes her debut with Whip It (in theaters October 2), a funny, freewheeling tale starring Ellen Page as a young woman facing life's learning curve on high banks and roller skates.
In the interview, Barrymore talks more about the movie, explains why she never yells, "Cut!", and describes what drew her to the "wonderful, healthy, cool thing" that is the underground world of competitive roller derby.