DREW BARRYMORE has spent 43 years charging forward. We asked her to go back to where she started.
One advantage Drew Barrymore has from living in the heart of the cultural consciousness for the past 35 years is that she has primo #TBT material. “When I was 6, my mom dressed me like a little 80-year-old woman,” Barrymore says, holding a stack of inspiration images on the set of her InStyle cover shoot. She lands on one from 1983 where she’s in a miniature black evening gown and pearls. “When I first unearthed this photo, I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? That’s my daughter Olive’s body 100 percent!’ ”
But it wasn’t only the trickle-down genetics and era-specific fashion that resonated. “None of those pictures were taken at home,” she says a few days later, sitting in the den of her Upper East Side apartment in N.Y.C. “Not like people would necessarily have pictures of me at home, but it’s almost like I never was at home. I was always out and about. That was the biggest takeaway for me.” She pauses and smiles. “And it’s funny because you’d have to take a crowbar and a spatula and a forklift to get me out of the house now.”
Barrymore’s apartment is equal measures Drew and her two daughters, Olive (5) and Frankie (3). Sandra Boynton books are stacked on Rizzoli monographs; Dr. Seuss mingles with Joan Didion. It’s cozy and personal—and has a super-impressive craft closet. It’s easy to see why the trio who inhabit the space would never want to leave. Tonight the family has just finished decorating two Christmas trees to a holiday playlist of Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey, and Bing Crosby classics. Miracle on 34th Street is on TV, soundless, in the background.
At 43, Barrymore is still finding room to explore. Outside of acting, which she still loves (her Netflix show, Santa Clarita Diet, returns for a second season this year), and producing (her company, Flower Films, has both TV shows and films in the works), the star also boasts Barrymore Wines by Carmel Road, the cosmetics line Flower Beauty, and Dear Drew, a clothing collection launched this fall with Amazon Fashion.
“I kept feeling this burning desire to build an apparel brand for women by women, to explore something romantic,” she says. “I took it back to my love of tailoring and having been in a costume house my whole life.” The cuts and silhouettes match Barrymore’s personal aesthetic. “I have a body type that I tend to cover up,” she says. “So it’s nothing tight, not big and boxy, more of a fluid drape that feels like the ’20s, ’40s, and ’70s. Not utterly casual but efforted in its effortlessness.
“I’m very conscious about the way people feel,” Barrymore says of how she looks at her growing empire. “When I was making movies, I just didn’t want to tell a depressing story; I wanted to tell one about some type of self-improvement. I thought, ‘There’s enough shit in life. I want optimism and joy.’ At the same time, I don’t like magic-wand happy endings—and now I don’t like magic-wand makeup or magic-wand clothes.”
In 1995 Drew starred opposite of Chris O’Donnell in the film Mad Love. I have added some stills to the gallery from this film.
– Drew Barrymore Online > Films > 1995 | Mad Love
Drew Barrymore runs a whole lot more than a stellar career in Hollywood. She’s at the helm of a burgeoning beauty empire, a production company, a wine business, and a bestselling memoir. Welcome to her next act.
Drew and I both like to say we won the sister-in-law jackpot. From the night my brother, Willie Kopelman, introduced us at a quiet dinner in Santa Monica, California, in 2011, we were add-water-N-stir insta-pals. Our wine-fueled cackles have taken us late into the night, and we’ve made breakfast for our kids with eye bags at 6 a.m. And at any time in between hours of coffee and cocktails, she is a pure joy—no prima-donna horsesh*t, no entourages, no vanity.
With last fall’s memoir, Wildflower, Barrymore has cemented herself as not just an award-winning actress, but also an accomplished writer. Not to mention entrepreneur: Her production company, Flower Films, has made more than $1 billion at the box office and released the recent How to Be Single; her makeup and eyewear line, Flower, is launching an e-commerce site this year and may expand abroad; and sommeliers across the country have added Barrymore Wines to their lists. We plopped on her bedroom carpet while our kids watched The Little Mermaid downstairs, and got to it.
On fame and celebrity friendship: “I’ve never felt comfortable with this, sort of, camaraderie of famous people. I’ve known Poo Poo [Cameron Diaz] since I was 14 years old. We just happened to know each other before her career started, and I was working in a coffeehouse trying to refigure out my life. So in a weird way, it doesn’t even count with us.”
On making an effort: “I went to parent’s night, and I wore some lipstick and concealer, and I thought the people at school looked at me kind of differently. I normally come with acne, and Ugg boots, and I thought they were like, ‘Oh that’s nice, she made a little bit of an effort.'”
On trying to do it all: “I really had to tell myself, You can do everything, but you will have to do them at different moments. And you can do a lot in the same moment, but you can’t do everything in the same moment. It was a good lesson that you will just have to prioritize and put some things over here for a little while.”
On being self-taught: “It was prompted a little bit by a fear of I don’t want to end up being 25 and not having ever educated myself in any way.”
On self-promotion: “I try really hard to keep my Instagram personal and sweet, and use it in a way to engage with people so that I can talk about work stuff, but [self promotion] is so not who I am.”
Read the full interview and see more pics in the April issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands March 22.
This weekend Drew attended the Tracy Paul & Co Presents Pokemon Afternoon Soiree. I have added images from the event to the gallery!
As we get closer to the release of the DVD/BluRay of Miss You Already I have added some additional stills to the gallery from the film.
– Drew Barrymore Online > 2015 | Miss You Already > Production Stills
Some outtakes from Drew’s shoot for Harper’s Bazaar with the theme of Firestarter.
– Drew Barrymore Online > 2016 > 001
A behind-the-scenes look our fiery cover shoot with the Drew Barrymore for the March 2016 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine.
Drew is featured on the cover of the March issue of Harpers Bazaar magazine. The feature has her talking about her time in Hollywood from the early 1980’s until now.
After three decades in the spotlight, the actress and producer—and now beauty magnate—keeps stoking the flame.
Drew Barrymore is remembering her Firestarter face, the expression she’d make when she was about to set things ablaze in the 1984 Stephen King classic. “I always said, ‘Back off. Back off. Just back off, and don’t make me angry.’ Then I would clench my fists and scrunch my face a little bit and breathe rapidly, focus my eyes on something, and then blow it up.” She adds wryly, “And although I’m such a peacekeeping hippie, I wish I had that power every once in a while. I totally wish I could blow some stuff up with my eyes.”
After her 36 years in the public eye—her story is so storied, it doesn’t bear repeating—Barrymore’s power is assured. While she characterizes her “heat” these days as more of a “simmer,” she’s happy to walk down a fiery memory lane. One may recall a picture of a baby Barrymore, in a puff-sleeved party frock, lighting King’s cigarette at the film’s premiere. “People were like, ‘Oh, that would be funny.’ I don’t even know if he was a smoker or not.” Pause. “Somehow when you have a young girl, things are sort of excused. … But I think it’s even cooler now. It’s such an awesome picture.”
During filming, “Stephen would come around. And I got to be in his office, that famous attic he writes in that’s on the cover of his book On Writing. It was just a very cool time, and not in Hollywood.”
Barrymore is also having a very cool time not in Hollywood. The mother of two young daughters—Olive, three, and Frankie, almost two—with her husband, art consultant Will Kopelman, she lives on two coasts, in Los Angeles and on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. She divides her time between raising her girls and blossoming her nascent businesses, Flower Beauty and Barrymore Wines. Flower, originally a film-production company, is now an empire that has grown with the 2013 launch of makeup and, most recently, eyewear.
“I don’t think I’m hot right now necessarily, because I have all my irons in a bunch of different fires,” Barrymore says, amused at the heavy-handedness of the metaphor. “I’m writing. I’m doing makeup. I’m doing design. I’m expanding Flower into different categories.” She adds, “I think it’s a huge mistake to think you have to burn bright for your whole life. You cannot sustain it. It’s exhausting, and it’s not very realistic.”
Barrymore, 41, describes her typical day thus: “Well, I have one of two days. One is really with my kids. Wake up, breakfast, activities, naps, activities, bath, and bed. Same as every parent—trying to make life fun for them, exhaust them, love them, feed them, be affectionate, be silly, and just be present. And drink a lot of caffeine.” (Tejava iced tea, by the way, extra large, which, after years of knowing Barrymore, I am yet to see her without.) “Another day could be in a lab or on a plane for a two-day jaunt on a business trip.” Like this cover shoot, for which we hurtled to Paris on a red-eye, then went straight to set. (Here, champagne was the new tea.) “My days are rarely mixed together,” she says. “I probably subconsciously do that so I can maximize my time with my kids.”
Barrymore has experienced Hollywood heat in all its iterations. “It’s been at different intervals: E.T. was a really exciting time; when I was doing The Wedding Singer and starting Flower Films; making Never Been Kissed and Charlie’s Angels; when I directed Whip It and did Grey Gardens in the same year. Those were times when I really pushed myself and I didn’t care about my sleep, my health. I didn’t have relationships or children that would be a priority over my work.”
Today, of course, that time is in the rearview mirror. “Hot is a state of mind,” she reflects. “It’s an energy. You’re hot when you’re motivated. It means you want it and you’re going after it.” For Barrymore, “hot isn’t about being on the A-list or having a hot body. It’s literally people who are on fire. Like Lena Dunham is on fire. Amy Schumer. Louis C.K. I think their brands of comedy and observational life stuff are some of the coolest I’ve seen in so many years.”
These days, Barrymore is more of a viewer than a participant in the movie business. “If I was obsessed with the world of film the way I used to be—and may one day be again—I would love to remake Firestarter. It’s such a cool concept. Ooh, and with the special effects now, you could do so much! It would be emotional and interesting because it’d all be together in this little girl.” Like Olive and Frankie? Wouldn’t they just be too adorable, lighting Stephen King’s cigarettes at parties? Barrymore lets out a dry-humored sigh. “Um, no.”