Drew has been featured in a few magazines lately. I’ve added scans to the gallery. Enjoy.
Drew Barrymore Is Finding the Good News
One of today’s real constants? Drew Barrymore’s optimism. And with a new daytime talk show this fall, she will continue to spread it around.
Drew Barrymore brings her legend with her everywhere. But it’s one she wears with grace. Given her infamous Hollywood childhood, Barrymore could have become, with a few more steps in the wrong direction, another cautionary tale. But she didn’t, instead growing up and decisively creating not only her own work — moving from in front of the camera to behind it — but her own world. That said, Barrymore is not insular, removed, or overcautious. If you follow her on Instagram, you will remember jolly videos of her exiting the New York City subway praising Mondays, of all things. Barrymore’s famed optimism remains undimmed (there should be a daisy named after her by now), but these days it’s grounded in a much richer pragmatism. At 45, Barrymore is the mother of two daughters, Olive,7, and Frankie, 6. She runs six businesses: Flower Films, Beauty, Home, Eyewear, Kids, and Hair. While she has a carefree image, she is a confident and detail-oriented decision-maker (having shot eight covers with her over the years, I can attest to that). When Barrymore commits to something, she gives it her all. This fall, she will embark on her next creative adventure, The Drew Barrymore Show, a syndicated daytime show distributed by CBS (check your local listings).
LAURA BROWN: Drew, what I think is badass about you is that you’ve always been yourself: curious, empathetic, and positive. But what does “badass” mean to you?
DREW BARRYMORE: I don’t really know what it means to be a badass — and I’m OK with that. We live in an era when people want to be more than one thing. If you apply yourself and work hard, that’s where the badassery comes in. I also love to see the word “badass” in a joyful context, like on this cover with a smile, a peace sign, and a shirt that says, “Good news.” That makes me feel like I’m on the right path. There’s this quote I love that Nancy Juvonen—my business partner of 25 years and the love of my life other than my daughters — taught me: “Insecurity is loud; confidence is quiet.”
LB: I’m writing that one down.
DB: Also, don’t just say you’re something — be something. Be a listener, be quiet, and do your thing. When we were making Charlie’s Angels , somehow rumors started that it was going to be shit and suck badly. Nancy said something I’ll never forget: “If we do our jobs well, then that will be what we make.” You can’t be fueled by negativity. That’s why, to me, what’s happening now in the world does not feel negative; it feels overdue. People will have different opinions about how to proceed, and based on history, there is nothing everyone in the world will agree on. But it seems like there is a collective consciousness right now — an American and global awakening. And I am a student. I’ll be learning until the end of time.
LB: You’re really unselfconscious about the way you project yourself on social media. Instead of posing in a picture, you’re on the subway saying, “Thank God it’s Monday.”
DB: Yes! Mondays have been so crapped on. But for me, it’s not the start of a long week or this mammoth thing that’s blue and terrible. I’ve been festering all weekend, working myself into a lather. Everyone is back to work on Monday. Get it done, son!
LB: Has there been another moment where you felt real ownership of how you communicate?
DB: Yes. Social media gives everyone a platform, but growing up in Hollywood, I hated soapboxes. So, first, I was like, “I don’t want to give messages that way, and I’m not sure I want to post a lot, period.” There was no social media when I was younger, but everything was very much out there about me. That was a great training ground — it wasn’t necessarily my choice, but it was best not to kick and scream about it. I was in a job where it was fair game for my behavior to make headlines, and I never had bitterness or a chip on my shoulder about the way my life went. I moved out when I was 14, and then there was a 20-year period where I was very quiet. I went away, got my life together, took care of myself. And I got to enjoy the ’90s, which was hella fun. There was a nice middle in the sandwich that was delicious and completely untapped. You didn’t know everything about everyone — there wasn’t the technology for it. Then you get into the 2000s with Y2K and everything becoming botlike. Who would’ve thought that someone would create something that’s in literally every person’s hand? I mean, that wasn’t in George Orwell’s book , but it might as well have been.
LB: It’s so much to navigate. But tell me, in your life, what has given you the most pride?
DB: Obviously, I’m most proud of my two daughters. Nothing in my life’s journey was like, “It’s gonna happen for you.” And having kids was not something I wanted to get wrong. So I waited a long time.
LB: On the big things, you’ve been quite deliberate.
DB: I’m proud to be a little naughty, a little imperfect, a little scared, a little human. I still think comedy is such an antidote to the bad things in life. When things are so important and high-stakes, such as this time in the world, you wonder how to find your voice. I write and speak as if no one is reading or listening. That doesn’t mean I don’t care what people think; I am a human welcome mat. Upsetting someone is the last thing on earth I’d want to do, but we should all be nicer to ourselves. Humility and perspective are vital. I got some interesting examples of exactly what not to do growing up, but I was lucky enough to follow people who knew exactly what to do. So even though I’m embarrassed when I crash and burn or lose my way, I always get back on.
LB: What are you saying to your girls during this moment?
DB: I don’t watch the news in front of them because I worry about the images. But I also do not believe in bringing them up in any type of bubble. We all marched in the Women’s March. I was speaking to a wonderful educator, Britt Hawthorne, and she said if you’re talking to your kids about George Floyd, talk about how this has affected the world. It’s not to flower things up in an unrealistic way but to focus on the outcome of something.
LB: They’re young, but do you think they’re feeling this global mood? Do they ask a lot of questions?
DB: Frankie was already out of school when it happened, but Olive’s school always puts everything on the table without telling the parents first. So as you’re grappling with how to talk to your kids about something, they walk in and say, “We just got told everything.” They’re very aware, and we’re reading a lot of books and discussing it. Olive’s teacher said, “When you’re sitting around the dinner table, you should talk about it.” But I’m a single mom — we eat around the tiny kitchen island, usually watching a cartoon and chitchatting. I was like, “Oh my god, when you’re sitting down for a family dinner?” Me and Norman Rockwell. [laughs]
LB: In 1958. When you serve the casserole! Now let’s discuss your new talk show, which has a segment called “Drew’s News.” It’s such a great name. Never underestimate the power of a rhyme.
DB: It turns out my name puns with a lot of things. We have “Drew Got Mail” because I love snail mail. We want to call Groupon and see if they’ll do “Drewpon.” You could say “dharmony” instead of eharmony. It’s endless! I’m such a news and pop-culture junkie, but sometimes things are just conveyed very negatively. There is a way to look at life that is aware and current but also diverse.
LB: When did you decide this would be your next step?
DB: Someone asked me to do a show a few years ago, but it didn’t work out. It came up again in the past year, and this opportunity just seemed right. Gentle television is really important to me — shows with a life-affirming approach, like Carol Burnett or Mister Rogers, that are playful and optimistic but still full of dignity and respect.
LB: Are you doing a monologue?
DB: We are planning to start with the news. I wanted to come in through doors because that felt very Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. We decided to have the doors open outward — that’s [the energy] we want to convey.
LB: Obviously, we’re not sure when life will return to normal given COVID-19, but what is the production time frame? And who would you like to feature?
DB: Yes, it’s being pushed back, and we’re taking our time to figure out plans A, B, and C. There are two gentlemen who work as security guards in the CBS building, and I talk to them all the time. I’ll definitely ask them to come on the show. Steven Spielberg, because he is so important to me. If you think about a life lived, he transcends anything Hollywood. He has put incredible things into the world and is true to himself. I’d love to talk to Stephen King too. His stories have completely different tones, and I admire people who have range. Jennifer Aniston, because, oh my god, I love her! And I’d also love to have Britt Hawthorne and [Black Lives Matter co-founder] Opal [Tometi], as well as chefs and designers and people who work in the U.S. Postal Service. I like human-interest stories that highlight wonderful and funny things that people are doing out in the world. It doesn’t all have to be “optimistic, positive!” Just things that are functioning in the world.
LB: The mere act of functioning is so underrated right now.
DB: There’s a famous quote [typically attributed to Abraham Lincoln] that I have often thought about turning into a neon sign or tattooing on myself: “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That is my religion.” I so believe in that.
LB: How are you taking care of yourself personally?
DB: I eat really clean and healthy, and I do an hour of Pilates at least four days a week. I have to work so hard at not being the size of a bus. And it’s OK. That is just my journey. That is my karma. I don’t know, maybe I was thin and mean in a past life. Other than that, between homeschooling and working, I felt very overwhelmed at first — and I hate feeling overwhelmed. It was weird to be a mom and a teacher and a provider and a friend. I felt sad for a while that I was all I could offer my children. Then I realized that I had to get out from under it. I have so much empathy and patience for everyone but myself, it’s sick. [laughs]
LB: Just get through the day.
DB: In these times you can just start to feel bad about yourself. I began to self-doubt and beat myself up. Then I was like, “This is temporary.” I tell my kids that too. It’s not normal; it’s the new normal. It’s a learning curve, and, hopefully, this is all happening for a reason. Timing is everything — and this is not a time to get lost; it is a time to be found.
Pick up the August issue of InStyle, available on newsstands, on Amazon, and for digital download July 17.
“I was overworked, stressed, and fantasizing about what a different life would be. Shortly thereafter I started having kids. That’s one way to have a major life change.”
My first InStyle cover was in 1999, and I remember that day so well. I was having the worst hair day, but we finally got it to a better place. I actually had a date that night with an actor. I was so excited to go on a date with this guy with good hair, but it turned out that the hair was much better than the date.
September 2000 was my second InStyle cover. My hair had grown out. Hair is obviously a very big thing with me. That time it was red; I just love red-toned hair. It’s so flattering to the skin. If I ever see a redheaded girl, I’m like, “She’s so hot.” Matthew Rolston shot that cover. He was a good friend of mine, and I think it’s nice when a photographer makes you look like yourself. It’s always alarming when you see photos and think, “That doesn’t look like me.”
InStyle gave me the best arms, though. [laughs] The photoshopping department must see my arms and be like, “Oh, Jesus, we need to go to work on those things.” I got photoshopped arms in my September 2006 shoot with Ellen von Unwerth, although I was thinner then. Younger, thinner — that’s how it goes. I love Ellen’s photography; she knows how to make a woman her very sexiest without ever looking trashy or slutty. She makes everything highly sexualized with a wink and a lick and a deliciousness where women get to celebrate who and what they are.
By the time of my fifth InStyle cover, in October 2009, I had just directed Whip It, really the only film I’ve made, and I was filming Going the Distance. I said I was thinking about quitting the business. I had just done Grey Gardens too. I was overworked, stressed, and fantasizing about what a different life would be. Shortly thereafter I started having kids. That’s one way to have a major life change. The best one I’ve ever had in my life.
When I had my first daughter, Olive [in 2012], I was terrified all the time. I wanted everything to be perfect. It’s the most high-wire, high-stakes, scariest, beautiful, important thing you’ll ever do. I couldn’t sleep or eat. I’ve never cared so much about anything. I’ve got two daughters now [Frankie was born in 2014], and they’re very different. You realize this is about their journey, and you’re there to keep them safe, keep them laughing, and help them figure out who they want to be. I still feel like I have so much to learn, but we’re having the time of our lives. Maybe they’re just getting better, or maybe I am.
I felt the most beautiful right after the birth of my daughters. My 2015 cover reminds me to be bold and expressive and not too body-conscious. My daughters are 5 and 7, so they love their bodies at this point. I think we all did at that age because we weren’t inundated with societal messages or comparisons. I was built to have these girls, and I have never fallen prey to the Hollywood stigma about how a woman is supposed to look. That’s the dumbest thing. I love girls and women. They rule my universe.
I didn’t know who I was yet in those earlier covers. I still had so much to learn. It’s cool if you can look at your life and be excited about where you’re going and where you’ve been. If you can realize that you’ve fucked up and made good things happen along the way. If you can reflect on bad romances or good romances, all of them fun. Seeing your life through photography, social media, fashion — it’s not supposed to look perfect. It’s supposed to reflect who you are. If I could go back to my first InStyle cover shoot and tell myself one thing, it would probably be: “It’s not going to work out on that date tonight.”
How I’d describe myself:
In 1999: Love junkie, Dog lover, No idea where it was all headed
Today: Phew, Yay, And Still a Nerd
Drew Barrymore Tells Us Her Go-To Derm Treatment, Favorite Skincare Products and the One Item All Women Need
The walls in Drew Barrymore’s NYC bathroom are covered with the happiest kind of art: family photos, plus drawings and love notes from her two daughters. And every square inch of the white-tiled countertop is covered with the happiest kind of chaos: hundreds of balms, creams, serums, and Flower Beauty lab samples, organized with military precision. Five minutes ago, the actor/producer/author/entrepreneur shot a short, sweet and spontaneous how-to video with her new mesmerizing Flower eye pigments. Yesterday, she put in a 17-hour day on the set of The Stand-In, a rom-com in which she plays dual roles: Candy, a discontented movie star, and her eager stand-in Paula. The production will wrap just as Santa Clarita Diet returns to Netflix for its third season this spring. But right now, at this moment, Barrymore has only thing on her mind: excavating a 10-gallon Ziploc bag of sheet masks from the top of her linen-turned-beauty closet.
NewBeauty: I’ve never seen so many sheet masks outside of a K-beauty boutique. How did you get so many?
Drew Barrymore: I made them! I discovered JayJun on my first research trip to Hong Kong for Flower Beauty. I had popped into a drugstore in a subway station underneath a weird mall and grabbed their Baby Pure Shining sheet mask. I tried it and was instantly impressed. Two days later in South Korea, I had already arranged a meeting with the company, and we collaborated to launch three masks [JayJun x Drew Barrymore] in Asia.
NB: When you’re in a foreign drugstore, jet-lagged and you don’t speak the language, how do you shop smart?
DB: It’s almost like going into a wine shop. You’ll see a product on the shelf and something about the label speaks to you, or maybe you’re in the mood for that varietal. If you’re in the mood for a sheet mask, that’s what you’ll focus on. I’m not crazy about trying tons of color cosmetics—you can get those anywhere. For me, it’s all about the skin-care formulas—what’s that latest innovation you don’t have access to because it’s all the way on the other side of the world.
NB: Congrats on winning a NewBeauty award for your lip duo! What inspired it?
DB: What made me fall in love with lipstick was this mid-’80s double-ended lipstick pencil from Shiseido. Both ends had the same shade, but one side was a buttery finish and the other was completely matte. If you love a shade, how brilliant to have it in two different formulas! And then later I would look at someone like J.Lo on TV and wonder why her lips could so prismatically capture the light. So I created a two-in-one, my Flower Mix N’ Matte Lip Duo ($10), with one very wearable color on one side and an illuminating lip gloss in the same tone on the other. It won’t change the shade at all, but will pick up the light. Actually, it’s three-in-one: this end, that end, and the two ends together!
NB: Have you always been a beauty obsessive?
DB: I grew up in a makeup trailer, so I knew what makeup was. All of it. But they don’t really do much makeup on kids. They put you in a chair and put a puff on your nose and make you feel a part of it. While we were making Firestarter, they would spray a lot of sticky, wet, viscous glycerin on my face to look like sweat. I was covered in fake blood before anyone ever put lipstick on me! And then in real life, at night, I was going out with a lot of adults who were certainly wearing makeup. There’s nothing like early ’80s rouge! Boy George and Adam Ant were the thing. At 10, I was at dance clubs wearing eye shadow in a straight line out to my temples. I was really into chartreuse and gold, glittery-fine sparkle, like olive-green snakeskin. I’ve always felt that getting ready for a date is the best part of an evening: It doesn’t even matter if the date isn’t great, you get to take a moment and be feminine. Put on some music and dance while you get ready and do your makeup. I was filming all day yesterday in prosthetics and color contacts, looking at all the glues and adhesives, and fake noses and eye bags, and eyebrow additives. I’m into the theatrics, the art, all the crazy stuff you can do to transform your face, age yourself, change your hair, look like a different person. When I would work with Kevyn Aucoin, he was really into that. He loved making women into other women. He made me into Myrna Loy.
NB:What other tricks have you learned on set?
DB: They used to re-powder women all day long, and after 15 hours of hot lights baking it into your skin, the makeup looked so cakey. High-definition stopped people from piling it on, and everyone got inspired by the rice-paper sheets. It became more about blotting and lifting up the oil rather than trying to matte it with more and more powder. Then there was this perfect storm where makeup in general just got a whole lot lighter. Everything became about tinted moisturizer, instead of heavy base makeup. And color correctors! Which was Ben Nye’s approach: he made up all the glamorous women in film in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, and then created his own line 50 years ago. His kids run it today. I love that legacy. Sometimes I like to think my girls will be involved in Flower Beauty one day. Olive would be a chemist and Frankie would come up with all the marketing.
NB:When did you start taking skin care seriously?
DB: When I was a teen, I washed my face with a bar of clear vitamin E soap. Nothing. Moisturizers always broke me out. They still do on my chin. My chin is like a completely different neighborhood on my face, and you don’t go there after dark. Any product that goes on my chin will screw it up. In my late 30s, I started taking my skin seriously. I like scrubs and all of that stuff, and acids and tingling, but I’m still a firm believer in the most gentle face washes. I always want to have a lot of moisturizer and serum, and that’s why I love the new Flower Beauty skin elixir ($16). The goal was to create a formula that makes your skin look like you’ve just left a workout class: pinky, plumped and dewy—like when you have your own body’s blush on your cheeks. My dear friend stole it from me recently, which is a sign she truly likes it. She called it a wake-up for your face and makeup. I love the freshest, dewiest face. I have a phobia of clogged-looking skin. It goes back to watching women’s skin get baked under hot lights.
NB:You’ve tested thousands of products: what’s the one every woman should buy?
DB: At one point in your life, you will need lip liner. That’s what I’ll tell my girls. You won’t think you’ll ever need it, and then one day you’ll see that lip liner isn’t just for fun. It’s a necessity.
NB: Beyond sheet masks, do you have any go-to skin fixes?
DB: I love the Clear + Brilliant laser. I do it once a year to slough away my sunspots. I also try to get a facial once a year, but I just don’t have the time to go more frequently. I’m obsessed with Augustinus Bader’s rich cream ($265) and Shani Darden’s Retinol Reform ($95)—it has a little tingle when you put it on. Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm ($7) is really good for hydrating dry lips. And my Clinique acne gel ($27). I just spot it on any arriving friend from out of town in the form of a zit and say, ‘Go back to where you came from!’”
NB: Do you have any healthy habits you swear by for feeling good?
DB: Just behaving. Being as nice as I can. Not being a total A-hole. Just being in a good mood at work, not losing my cool when my kids lose their cool. Not sweating the small stuff. I’ve realized that even when the little things aggravate you and seem really big and monumental, or even very public within your own circle and you just wish you could hide your problems, you just can’t lose your cool. Be nice through all of it. That’s always when I feel the best, no matter what. Go put it out in some private corner and then show up and just be good to everyone.
NB: Has becoming a mother changed your ideas about beauty?
DB: I do feel like I’m on an upswing. I just went through a couple of hard years, and I can see it wearing on my face. It’s not about aging, it’s about how I am on the inside. There’s also a very long period when you’re raising kids when it takes it out of you. When it depletes your ability to take care of yourself because your new job is doing nothing but taking care of someone else and you love it. I’m not all about working from the inside out—I’m not big on meditation—but I do think your outside cannot hide your inside. I’m now determined more than ever to show my daughters that aging is a luxury. If we’re lucky, we are all going to age. I just want them to be at peace with who they are and not what they look like. If they are good, cool people, that’s all I care about. That said, I feel like people— myself included—have a 2019 new-battery recharge. I’m one of many who are coming out of a semi-difficult hibernation. Like in the spring. And hope springs eternal!
NB: Do you have any advice for women out there who need to recharge their batteries?
DB: Would it be cheating if I said to face mask?
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.
In 2010 Drew did a photoshoot for USA Weekend and I have found some new outtakes that I personally hadn’t seen before. I have added these pics to the gallery for you to enjoy!
– Drew Barrymore Online > Outtakes > 2010 > 009
Added seven new photoshoots to the gallery that Drew did back in 1993.
– Drew Barrymore Online > PHOTOSHOOTS > Outtakes > 1993