Drew Barrymore on Why Now Is the Right Time for Her Daytime Talk Show

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Drew Barrymore has appeared on talk shows since 1982, when, as a 7-year-old in a pink party dress, she charmed legendary Tonight Show host Johnny Carson while promoting the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Now, the actress and producer is switching from guest to host with daytime's latest chatfest, The Drew Barrymore Show.

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"All the things I've put my energies into somehow have led to this," Barrymore tells TV Guide Magazine. "I feel like I have the most to offer as far as the life experience I've had so far." The self-professed "pop culture and news junkie" will bring together interviews, daily headlines, cooking and comedy on the syndicated series, which airs live from New York City.

"This is a great opportunity to put everything into that piggy bank and break it [open] on the floor every day," she promises. Here's more.

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What are you looking forward to most about this venture?

Drew Barrymore: To not play a character and be myself. This is really the first big job I've ever had where that's the case.

You've been a guest on pretty much every talk show. What makes a good host?

Someone who does their research so much that they can put their cards down and fly. Can you make it a conversation? Can you find out different layers about people? Journalistic research meets real-life conversations.

Will your guests primarily be celebrities?

No. I'm not just someone who grew up in Hollywood. I am someone who is so concerned, interested and wanting to be connected to people. I want that to be the core of the show.

And if a guest does something unexpected, like when you jumped on the desk and flashed David Letterman on The Late Show in 1995?

I will take a nod from David Letterman, who could have made that a very uncomfortable moment, but instead he had fun with it. I thank him for that, and I will always do the same for my guests.

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Tell us about the segment "Drew's News."

It's [Saturday Night Live's] "Weekend Update" meets Walter Cronkite meets a high-end design magazine. We can explore information, pop culture, human-interest stories, check in with different people around the country. It will open the show every single day.

You're behind a desk for that, but interviews will take place in cozy chairs on another part of the set. Why?

When I speak to guests, I don't want to sit at a desk. That doesn't really make sense to me — I'm like, "Wait, am I doing homework?" I love it on other shows, but I felt silly.

Have any current or past talk show hosts offered advice?

Yes. A lot of the people in this job have said it's the hardest job and to pace yourself. I have been working since I was 11 months old! My goal is to end up in the "Cheers" section [of TV Guide Magazine's "Cheers & Jeers" column].

I'm sure you'll get a Cheer!

Well, let's see if I can earn it. [Laughs]

The Drew Barrymore Show, Series Premiere, Monday, September 14, Check local listings