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Drew Barrymore is Going the Distance for Elle‘s August cover and dishing the dirt on her newest film and her fresh outlook on life.

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Drew stars in the upcoming film Going the Distance, which is something she’s been doing all her life!

“I was raised in unique and trying environments, but they were also amazing platforms for me to have an extraordinary life,” Drew tells Elle magazine of growing up as a child star. “Going through hell as a kid made me sensitive to what others in this world go through too.”

Now the actress is slowing things down again.

“For three years straight, I’ve been burning the candle at both ends, and as of last December, I just didn’t have anything left. I’ve been so aggressive about living life to the fullest and being plugged into everything, but now I’ve ripped the plug out of the wall and put it on the floor for a while,” she explains. “I’m thinking about the same things as when I was 15, about spirituality and who I am, who I want to be. It’s cocoon, pupa, larva, and f*ck, I’m reborn!”

But the media still has misconceptions about Drew.

“I make movies. I have a passion,” Drew says. “Puppies and daisies don’t accomplish anything. That’s not me at all.”

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And she’s one star who is happy to be aging!

“I don’t want to be vain or fearful, and I don’t think I’ll do anything [in terms of plastic surgery], but if I want to do something, I will,” Drew confesses. “From my perspective, there’s no reason to be afraid of aging, because if you age, you’re lucky! The alternative is death.”

She also considers herself lucky to be single.

“If you’re 35 and single and it’s a choice, it feels fine,” Drew explains. “So I didn’t settle with the wrong person yet. Big deal!”

And that attitude is exactly why she loves her newest film Going the Distance with her main man Justin Long!

“I like that it’s not a traditional romantic comedy, with the story line of, ‘Oh, I slept with this guy, but when I woke up, I found out he’s the CEO of my company, and we’re going to live happily ever after once we go through all these crazy perils,” Drew says. “I talk sh*t with my girlfriends. And it can get dirty.”

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Going the Distance hits theaters Aug. 27!

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