Category: Interviews

In Conversation | Drew Barrymore and Robert Osborne on Classic Movies

Drew did an interview for the New York Time Magazine where she talks with Robert Osborne. The two talk about movies and Drew shares how she does not feel she is a good actor.

As far as on-screen duos go, Robert Osborne and Drew Barrymore seem like an unlikely pair. He was raised in the small town of Colfax, Wash. (population 2,800) during the ’40s and amused himself with reading books while his parents worked. She grew up amidst the glitz and glamour of Hollywood in the ’80s, the youngest in a long family line of legendary actors, and made her first television appearance before she was even a year old. But they share an almost obsessive love for movies, particularly black-and-white films made decades ago. It’s this connection that makes Osborne and Barrymore light up together as the host and co-host, respectively, of TCM’s “The Essentials.” The show, which premiered in 2001 and airs on Saturday nights, puts timeless, classic films in the spotlight with commentary and fun bits of trivia supplied by the hosts (in the past those duties have been taken up by everyone from Rob Reiner to Alec Baldwin). This season marks Barrymore’s third as Osborne’s wingwoman, and the two clearly enjoy the back-and-forth banter — as well as the goofy handshakes, thumb wars and screwball comedy moments that often happen after the cameras stop rolling. T caught up with the actors on set to talk about the films that forever changed them, the characters they’ve admired and crushed on, and what’s missing from the box office today.

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You both have a love for movies from the past; where does this come from?

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OSBORNE: Well, my love of movies started when I was 7 years old, living in a small town, going to the movies all the time, and finding the people in the movies more interesting than the people in my small town. Also at that time, it wasn’t that easy to find out about movies. So when I had a curiosity, it sent me into research about the people in the movies or the movies being made. The more I found out about movies, the more interesting they were to me.

BARRYMORE: I just started working when I was 11 months old. So I enjoyed, like, getting to know the medium in which I was working but I so much more got obsessed with the stories that filmmaking told …

OSBORNE: But that’s part of your blood, that’s part of your DNA. I don’t have family that was anywhere near show business.

BARRYMORE: Well, that was also my way of getting to know them. If you want to learn about your grandfather, watch “Twentieth Century,” “Dinner at Eight,” “Grand Hotel” — all movies that we’ve done on “The Essentials.” And yeah, I mean, films were not only what I work in, but you’re absolutely right, it was a way to get to know my relatives.

What films shaped you the most?

OSBORNE: I was shaped by the heroes in the films I saw, which you always want to emulate and be like. I wanted to be like Alan Ladd, Gary Cooper, Jimmy Stewart. I think one of the things that’s missing from films today are real heroes for you to emulate. Our heroes have become, you know, antiheroes more than heroes. But I would say, if any film affected me a lot, it would be “A Place in the Sun,” because when I saw that, I was like 17 or 18, and I so understood Montgomery Clift’s dilemma of liking Shelly Winters because she was kind to him, and he was lonely and he felt out of place. And then when he had a chance to be with Elizabeth Taylor, you know, I can understand his dilemma of wanting to not be with Shelly Winters anymore. And just the angst he suffered; I was at an age when I enjoyed suffering angst. It had a huge effect on me.

BARRYMORE: I have a longer list: “Pollyanna,” “Captains Courageous,” “Black Stallion,” “Foxes,” um, “Excalibur”? I was, like, obsessed with “Camelot” and “Excalibur” and “Anne of a Thousand Days” — any double-VHS-giant double-beta set of those films. I just loved the swashbuckling nature of them, I was obsessed. I loved watching men in cinema, and I liked watching young girls, whether it was a Jodie Foster in “Foxes” or a Hayley Mills in “Pollyanna.” It could be squeaky clean and it could be super like L.A.- streets-gritty, but there was no barrier between. I liked older men and younger girls. That was what I responded to in film.

You lived through those characters a little, right?

BARRYMORE: I wanted Richard Burton and Spencer Tracy, and I wanted Jodie Foster and Hayley Mills.

What movie just blew your mind?

OSBORNE: I remember one that had a deep effect on me. I don’t know if it blew my mind, but I remember when I was a kid and saw “Meet Me in St. Louis” for the first time…

BARRYMORE: Ding, ding went the trolley!

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Drew Barrymore on New Film With Adam Sandler, Motherhood and New Book

This morning Good Morning America did a feature on Drew and her new book “Find It In Everything”.

Actress Drew Barrymore loves hearts, so much so that they’re the focus of her new book.

Barrymore’s latest endeavor is “Find It In Everything,” a collection of her photographs of hearts – a shape she says has inspired her for nearly 30 years.

“I started finding hearts in things – whether it was like, a tree I was passing, a straw wrapper on the ground, I think the heart has one continuous line, which is very powerful,” she said in an interview with ABC News’ Amy Robach.

Photography has a special effect on her.

“In a world and a life that moves so fast, photography just makes the sound go out and it makes you stop and take a pause. Photography calms me.”

The book is the “Charlie’s Angels” star’s latest endeavor, although she calls motherhood the role of a lifetime.

Barrymore, 38, who is married to art consultant Will Kopelman, spends her days chasing after her 18-month-old daughter, Olive, while awaiting the birth of baby number two.

“It’s a ride. I’m tired, but it’s the best ride I’ve ever been on in my life,” she said.

Barrymore has come a long way from the child star who captivated audiences in the blockbuster film, “E.T.,” and then made headlines for her wild behavior – including drug and alcohol addiction, partying and stints in rehab — as she grew up.

She attempted suicide, and became emancipated from her parents when she was 15 years old.

Asked if she ever looked back on her past and wondered how she got to where she is today, Barrymore replied: “I love the wonderful, awkward journey that I’ve been on in my life. I never have to worry that, like, I didn’t get anything out of my system.”

The photography book isn’t Barrymore’s only new project.

She is gearing up for the summer release of “Blended,” her third romantic comedy with Adam Sandler, and says she believes she and Sandler work well together.

“I think we challenge each other,” she said.

Barrymore is also taking cooking classes. “I’m not good at it, but I love it so much,” she said.

Drew Covers Marie Claire as The Rebel Next Door

Drew is on the cover of the new issue of Marie Claire. Such a great article … Drew talks about her love of cooking, motherhood & family, and her new photography book. Plus we get to hear from her friend and partner Nancy Juvonen.

“I found the porn section!” Drew Barrymore is shouting through the narrow aisles of Book Soup in West Hollywood. An older woman perched behind the counter narrows her eyes, watching while Barrymore longingly strokes the spines of several hardback books, none of which contain anything saucier than, well, sauce.

“I looooove cookbooks,” Barrymore, 38, exclaims. “I cook a lot when I’m pregnant.” The actress-producer-entrepreneur and, with her recent photography volume Find It in Everything, author has a 16-month-old daughter, Olive, with art consultant husband Will Kopelman and is due with their second daughter in March. “When I got pregnant the first time, I couldn’t even boil water.” By logging long hours on food channels and poring over recipes, she taught herself to cook. “Now I can make the most spectacular slow-roasted pork tacos you will ever have, an incredible verde sauce with ancho chilies—so fucking good.” Barrymore eagerly scrolls through her iPhone for her latest triumph: “A Greek yogurt pie with lemon zest and pepper filling on a gingersnap crust with black seedless grape compote,” plated on vintage china, a hand-embroidered napkin folded off to one side. “Amazing!” she beams.
The same could be said of Barrymore’s transformation from the fast-and-loose genial wild child who trumpeted her bisexuality and flashed her breasts at David Letterman when he turned 48 (there are worse birthday gifts) into an organic-omelet-whisking, cabbage-rose-gardening, modern-Martha wife and mother. Gone is the “love of love” that for decades magnetized her to dubious dudes (Tom Green, Fabrizio Moretti, Justin Long) and kept her in a sudsy romantic churn. Instead, a cozier, cultivated domesticity has her house-hunting and school-screening in New York City to nest closer to her in-laws, Coco and Arie Kopelman, the former head of Chanel. This is New Barrymore, or, as her sister-in-law and writer Jill Kargman labels her, “Jew Barrymore.”

“I try to be a good shiksa wife,” explains Barrymore. “I go to Central Synagogue in New York.” She also attempted to prepare a Passover Seder when she and her husband were courting. “It was a disaster. I screwed everything up. And I got the date wrong. I ended up taking him to a really awesome Seder at [Working Title president and producer] Liza Chasin’s house.”

Casual friends for several years, Kopelman and Barrymore reconnected in January 2011. A year after their first date, they were engaged. Six months after that, they were married. “Sometimes whom you least expect is the person you fall for,” Kopelman, 36, says. “It was a combination of moments: watching her with my nephew. Traveling with her. Going to museums with her. I knew, adding them up, this was it.” He laughs when recalling her reaction to him not seeing key films in her oeuvre. “She was angry and surprised I hadn’t seen Grey Gardens or Ever After and immediately sat me down and had me watch them.”

Kargman says Barrymore reminds her of their mother, who would pull exquisitely roasted lamb from the oven while wearing ballgowns: “That combination of glamour and homeyness is so Drew!” The familial comparison brings tears to Barrymore’s eyes. Over lunch at the decidedly old-fashioned joint The Musso & Frank Grill—a favorite of her grandfather John Barrymore, whose Hollywood star sits outside the entrance—she confesses, “I don’t know anybody in my family of origin. The other day someone asked me what my mother’s mother’s name was, and I was like, ‘No idea.'” In the dim light, Barrymore resembles her famous kin, with a gently sloping face and the bow lips of a 1930s screen gem. She says she feels of a different time, and though dressed in a white quilted “$19 Princess Leia–looking tunic from Topshop” and jeans, Barrymore rhapsodizes about pouring herself into a gown and teasing her hair into a giant beehive.

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Drew Barrymore on her new fashion gig, motherhood, and reteaming with Adam Sandler

EW.com did this interview with Drew where she talks about working on Refinery 29, being a mom to Olive and her new film Blended.

Multi-hyphenate Drew Barrymore — actor, producer, winemaker, beauty mogul — can add fashion editor to her resume. Barrymore has signed on as editor at large for lifestyle website Refinery 29 and her first post goes live later this morning.

“My friends and I love sites like Refinery. I’m so excited about the fun of being a contributor,” Barrymore — who will write lifestyle-focused posts covering topics like entertainment, food, motherhood, and wellness — told EW. “I love getting information and getting direction in life. I also love giving it, but I just didn’t have a venue [to share].” Barrymore will work closely with Refinery 29 editor in chief Christene Barberich to develop content for her ongoing monthly column.

Read on for an exclusive Q&A with Barrymore and an excerpt from her debut post — on why she finally learned how to cook and her recipe for the perfect breakfast sandwich — for Refinery 29.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why did you decide to accept the job offer from Refinery 29?

Drew Barrymore: I have no internet savvy whatsoever, but I love researching things. The Internet is my library… beyond that, I’m completely intimidated by it. If I can look up the best places to have breakfast in a city or research an old book… I love that aspect. I love when I trust the curation, when you see a site and you’re like, “I love their taste, I know I’m in a safe zone here.” I feel that way about Refinery 29.

You’re going to be dishing out advice in some of your pieces, who do you turn to when you need advice?

It totally depends on the subject. If I need French patio furniture, I will call up my friend Gucci Westman. She has great taste and knows everything about everything. If I need a doctor, I’m calling my friend Robin, who is always in touch with the best specialists everywhere. Right now, I would love to come across a top ten list of best books for toddlers, but I’m actually dying to write that list. I’m pitching it to Refinery as we speak to see if they’re interested in it as one of my pieces. I just spent the afternoon in a children’s book store and I couldn’t believe how many of the books I knew and had been reading to my daughter and have opinions about and would love to share with people. They’re not just books from my past. They’re my books now as a parent that I love reading to my daughter and carry with me everywhere because it’s like the best crutch in the world to have a book with you. They become these great tools in life.

Refinery 29 is a lifestyle site, how would you describe your lifestyle?

Most of my life I’ve just worked. Life has been so in the backseat that it’s always been about film or a film production, producing, acting, every little detail that goes into filmmaking. [My work has ] slowed down because I didn’t know honestly how to have a life under those circumstances. I mean, when you’re on a film, you’re out in the middle of nowhere working 18 hours a day and it’s really hard to have a life. I really commend people who seem to balance it. I’m not sure how they do because I wasn’t. Now that I’ve carved out a little more time for myself in life, I find that the passion and the interest and the discussions have come much more in the center.

You also have a photography book titled Find It in Everything coming out on January 14th. When did you get into photography?

Exactly twenty years ago, when I was 19, I picked up an old, tiny, automatic Yashica camera and I just started shooting. We didn’t have iPhones back then, we didn’t even have cell phones. I loved having a camera in my hand. Then I was given Pentax K1000 for my 25th birthday and I fell in love [because] it was not this automatic little bullet, but this really interesting, like “learn how to load film and learn apertures [thing].” Most importantly, it allowed for happy mistakes, happy accidents. Like too much light would get into the frame, but it would look so cool. Or learning different speeds of film — I never went anywhere without 3200 speed film because I knew it could shoot at night in a party and look really great. I fell in love with the whole thing. I totally struggle with it now because of the friggin’ iPhone. Life is not the same anymore, so now I do photography more professionally rather than as a hobby. But along the way, along those 20 years, I would take pictures of things I found with heart shapes in them. The heart is much like a flower. It really just has almost zero negativity to it. Life is such a double-edged sword, everything has a polarity. But hearts and flowers are some of the safest, greatest things in life. I guess I’m just drawn to them. I love jokes, but God, jokes can go so wrong. I have stayed up many nights thinking, “Fuck. I can’t believe I made that silly little joke. That was a disaster.” But I like things where you don’t question yourself so much. That’s a good thing.

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Drew Barrymore Talks About Approaching 40, Being a Mom, and Gracing InStyle’s Cover for the 7th Time

Here is part of Drew’s interview with InStyle Magazine!

InStyle’s September issue is a record breaker. First with its size — the girth of its 716 pages deem it the largest issue we have ever published in our nearly 20 year history. And for our cover subject, Drew Barrymore, who is a record-setter in her own right: This marks her seventh InStyle cover, the most for any star ever. She celebrated her history with InStyle by having a reunion of sorts with Editor Ariel Foxman, who had first sat down with her near the beach in Santa Monica a decade ago. This meeting was decidedly more high-tech: The two chatted over Spreecast, a live digital video service. Throughout their conversation one thing was remarkably clear: Barrymore proves that you actually can live happily ever after. Having long ago slain her dragons to overcome the trials and misadventures of her youth, she has finally found her prince (husband Will Kopelman), has given birth to a little princess (1-year-old Olive), and rules with grace over a self-made empire (she runs a production company, Flower Films, and a beauty line, Flower Beauty, to name a few). Scroll down to read a portion of Ariel and Drew’s conversation. To read the full interview, pick up the new InStyle, on newsstands and available for download to your tablet starting Friday, August 16.

Editor’s Note: The following is excerpted from the Drew Barrymore cover story, “A Real-Life Fairy Tale” by Ariel Foxman, which originally appears in InStyle’s September 2013 issue.

ARIEL FOXMAN: Olive is a year old now. What types of things are you experiencing with her now?

DREW BARRYMORE: Yesterday I took her to the Guggenheim Museum, and these two little girls were dancing in front of a light installation. They were about 7 years old, and Olive just loves kids. We put her on the floor, and you could see how much she wanted to play with them. I had this weird mix of emotions. I was so proud of my daughter that she was giving of herself, and I began remembering those moments when as a child, you’re like, “I wanna play! I wanna play!” And the other kids are like, “Not now, kid. Beat it!”

AF: “Step aside!”

DB: I was like, “Oh my god, this what being a parent is.” It’s a lot of pride and a lot of nervousness.

AF: Are you an anxious parent?

DB: I love the person who said, “Parenting is like wearing your heart on the outside of your body.” It’s the most beautiful, perfect analogy. I have anxieties about how much I’d like to get it right, making sure I provide her with an environment that’s safe, nurturing, and loving. And silly and free, also consistent and grounding. Then I just have the same typical fear every other parent has: Are they going to fall down?

AF: Is your husband, Will, very calm?

DB: Will and I are a nice balance of opposition and similarities. He always says, “being calm is so important.” Because I tend to be not calm. I probably act more like a chicken with its head cut off! But I can also be very strong. I’m entering my 40s, and now I get to step back and take these incredible, extraordinary life experiences and life lesson and apply them to being a parent.

AF: What are the most important lessons you have learned?

DB: Nothing comes for free. Life does not provide you with an easy ride. You have to face really deep internal and sometimes external challenges. It’s so humbling. Not to take away from the really big obstacles everybody faces, but I’ve also learned you just have realize how ridiculous certain things can be.

To read more of Ariel Foxman’s interview with Drew Barrymore, including her thoughts on being a famous a mom, getting older, and having more children, pick up a copy of InStyle’s September 2013 issue. Available at newsstands and for download purchase Friday, August 16th.

Drew Barrymore on Momhood

Giuliana and Bill Rancic interviewed Drew for Parenting.com and talked to her about motherhood, her new cosmetics line and what other celebrity parents inspire her.

Giuliana and Bill Rancic chat with mompreneur Drew Barrymore about her new baby, Olive, guilt, and growing up in the Hollywood spotlight.

G&B: New baby and new makeup line—how are you managing it all? Olive must be a good sleeper!

DB: She is a good sleeper, but it is because I am very strict with her schedule.

G&B: What was the inspiration for Flower Beauty?

DB: I’ve been in the makeup chair my whole life. I’ve also worked with the best makeup artists in the world and I was co-creative director at CoverGirl. I have learned so much and wanted to give women quality cosmetics they can afford. We have the same ingredients as luxury makeup.

G&B: Are you the kind of girl who wears makeup most of the time, or only when you really have to?

DB: I like to wear a lot of makeup, I like to wear no makeup, but most of the time I want easy makeup. I want to have tools that let me do my makeup really quickly.

G&B: Which are your go-to items from the collection?

DB: Lip Tints in Dewy Rose (a red), Airy Orchid (a violet), and Sheer Blossom (a mauve). They are the perfect amount of color for your day.

G&B: What is your favorite part about being a mom?

DB: Being constantly fascinated by Olive. And caring more about her than I’ve ever cared about anything.

G&B: What’s been hardest?

DB: The guilt—lots of moms tell me that is a natural feeling, but it is very powerful.

G&B: What did you have to change, lifestyle-wise, after Olive was born?

DB: So much. The truth is, you can’t have it all. But you can appreciate what you do have much more. Everything gets more narrow, more focused.

G&B: What will you do differently with Olive from the way you grew up?

DB: Schedules, chore charts, family meals, consistency, boundaries, routine, trust, and endless joy.

G&B: You were a child star—would you want the same for your daughter?

DB: No. I want her to be a kid as long as possible.

G&B: What about when she’s older? How would you feel about Olive joining the Barrymore family business someday?

DB: If it made her happy, I think that would be great.

G&B: Will you be a softie or a disciplinarian?

DB: Disciplinarian, because I think it shows that you care. But that doesn’t have to negate being the silliest mom that ever lived.

G&B: At what age will you let Olive start experimenting with makeup?

DB: Kids should not wear makeup! However, teenagers should absolutely play with makeup. I think that’s where you start to learn who you are.

G&B: How involved has your husband, Will Kopelman, been with Olive?

DB: He is a great dad. I waited to do this until I knew I would have a great partner. And he wants to take her to football games, which I’m excited about.

G&B: Which of your movies do you most want Olive to see when she’s bigger?

DB: E.T. and Ever After.

G&B: What other famous parents do you admire?

DB: Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw. They have a big, beautiful family and they are happy, giving, and wise.

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