April 12, 2005 06:00 AM

Now 30, Drew Barrymore has love on her side, with a starring role in the romance Fever Pitch and with her boyfriend of three years, Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti. The twice-divorced actress – who’s made quirky romantic comedies a trademark (50 First Dates, The Wedding Singer) – recently chatted about her rock-star love life, leaving behind her twenties and changing up her look.

What was your worst first date?
I haven’t had a lot of first dates. It’s more like, “Hi. Nice to meet you. Let’s be together for three years.” I fall in love.

In Fever Pitch, your character is more successful than her boyfriend. Is that your own experience too?
Absolutely. But I think that it’s so important to just be in love with the inside of the person and not be worried about exterior looks or economics. You’ll make it work if you want to. In the end it’s about not changing who you are and how much of yourself you get to keep.

What about you and Fab, is that a happy relationship?
Yes. All I’ll say is that I love him. He knows that I love him.

You turned 30 last month. What does that mean to you?
It means taking all of things from my twenties that worked, but not just wanting it to be a carbon copy decade and just repeat everything. I want to take career goals to new heights. I want to travel more. I want to expand my horizons. I want to do everything from direct a film to working at a travel magazine.

Renee Zellweger has said she’s taking some time off to invest in herself, rather than another character. What do you think of that?
I definitely feel that way sometimes. … (but) I can’t sit still for a minute.

What about getting married and having kids?

Oh God, no. It’ll be a few years from now. I have more work ahead of me.

So, are you ditching the blonde look?
No. I have a picture of Jane Fonda on my wall with all of her different looks for all of her different films. It’s just exciting when you see someone change. So I just damage the living sh– out of my hair to be different for each part.

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