Cover Girl: Drew Barrymore for InStyle Magazine

Posted on August 14, 2013

We miss Drew. She needs to come back into our lives. And by that we mean she needs to make more public appearances so we can talk about her.


Drew Barrymore covers the September 2013 issue of InStyle magazine photographed by Michelangelo Di Battista. On the cover: Marc Jacobs shirt and skirt, Chanel earrings and bracelet, Bulgari bracelets, Meredith Wendell belt, her own rings.

Yes, it’s a very digitally enhanced Drew, but she looks fabulous. Love the entire look on her.

On her husband, Will Kopelman, and turning 40: “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 lessons and apply them to being a parent.”

On parenting: “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 [Olive] 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?”

On the most important lesson she’s learned: “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.”

Show of hands: how many of you felt your hearts drop when you read Drew Barrymore say, “I’m entering my 40s now…?”


Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Grace Mahary



[Photo Credit: Michelangelo Di Battista for InStyle Magazine,]

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  • Lauren Cooper

    This must be the newsstand cover because I got mine in the mail yesterday with a different one. She looks great though!

  • annabelle archer

    I think she looks lovely, but I can’t get passed the horribly cheap looking clip and paste cover. Jesus, that is budget looking. She’s 38, as I will be later this year. I too am trying to get a head start on easing into my 40s. I don’t want it to sneak up on me and kick my ass.

    • RuthGo

      No, you really don’t. If it makes you feel better, I’ve found my 40s to be surprisingly freeing. I’m much, much better at getting things off my chest and understanding the difference between being nice and being a doormat. It’s a good time. (I’ll be 45 in a couple of weeks so I’ve had a few years to adjust)

    • marlie

      I’m not too far behind you, and it’s already freaking me out.

    • twocee

      I will be 40 at the end of this year. Personally I found turning 39 extremely traumatic. Forty honestly doesn’t seem like nearly as big a deal to me as 39 was.

      (It would’ve helped if I looked like Drew when I was 38 :-)

    • Heather

      It’s funny, I look better and am in better shape now at 42 than I was for most of my 30s. I was in, or recovering from, an incredibly toxic relationship for much of that decade, and when I see pictures of myself from that period I look terrible (puffy, tired, depressed), and indeed much older, than I do now.

      • zenobar

        Mmm-hmm *nods sagely*

        I’m turning 42 in October and this has been my most magnificent decade…so far. 😉

        • halleygee

          Same here! And I’ll be 45 in Nov.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            True! Don’t let it freak you out. I’ll be 50 in November, and actually, I’m having a lot of fun right now. Mostly because I just decided to, not because of any magical spiritual revelation. I just figured, “Hey, I’m not dead yet, and THIS sounds like fun, so I think I’ll do it.” And by that, I mean, nothing harmful – I’m not dropping acid or crowd surfing or bungee jumping. But you know, when I get the pearl-clutchers going, “You’re doing WHAT? You’re going to a drag show? Oh my goodness, well, I mean, WHY?” I’m just like, “Because it’s fun, and it’s not bad for me.” Just… don’t worry about it. Age really IS just a number – it’s a tired old cliche that’s been around for a million years because it’s true – that’s why it has such longevity. So go have fun. Don’t worry about it. We’ll still love you in the morning! 😉

    • StellaZafella

      Pfffft. heh. Young’uns.

      Oh wait….DREW BARRYMORE IS ALMOST 40?!? But I just watched E.T. again!

    • Sarah

      I am deeply concerned about why she said that she’s “entering her forties” because I, too, am turning 38 this year, and I knew she was the same age. I am entering my late 30s, thank you very much. No offense meant to anyone older than me, but can I have the next two years please?!?

      • zenobar

        Have them – enjoy them! – and know that you’re in for a treat!

        • Sarah

          Thank you, I will. And I know it! I’m just weirded out by Ms. Barrymore wanting to jump the gun. I did it the whole time I was 29, and I know it’s silly. I was like “I’m going to be THIRTY” the whole year, and it was so dumb.

          • StellaZafella

            At 29 people said “yeah, right, when did you really turn 30?”
            At 39 they said:” So when did you really turn 40?”
            At 49 they said, “Is it really that hard to just say 50?”

            Now I tell ’em I’m 70…(Not quite 10 years older than my real years) and they tell me how good I look for my age. I call it my “gay man’s face lift”.

          • Sarah

            My sainted mother was very adamant that if you didn’t report your real age, you were really lying to yourself and that was the worst thing to do of all. I agreed with her while she was living, and I still do. But, I won’t be sorry to be able to stop answering to ANYBODY when I get to your (and my mom’s) wise years :)

      • nancymae

        You read my 38 year old mind. I’m not freaking out about the upcoming 40s but I certainly don’t want to dismiss the last year and a half of my 30s!

    • Dorothy & Michael n/a

      Sixteen years ago when I was turning 40 I told my family that I decided I wasn’t going to take anymore bullsh** from anyone. My daughter, who was 14 at the time, said “Mum, when did you EVER do that anyway?!” When she’s right, she’s right. Forty was a breeze. But not 50.

      • Constant Reader

        I agree about turning 50 (as i mentioned above). Damn, that’s been rough.

    • Little_Olive

      I’ve just eased into my 30’s, and am loving it. I look at 20 year olds and think “on, not that again, please”. So I guess turning 40 should feel similarly liberating; maybe not right away but yes after the initial shock of “omg I’m this old”. 😉

    • Constant Reader

      Turning 40 was a breeze. Turning 50 a couple of months ago? Not so much.

    • Sunraya

      I am 51, and I have never been happier!! It is wonderful!!

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        I’ll be 50 in November, and it’s been really cool so far! Plus, I look at it this way – I get an extra special big birthday celebration because it’s a milestone!

  • Kiltdntiltd

    Good Lord that woman is lovely.

  • Sobaika

    That’s a very pretty wax figure.

  • Karen Belgrad

    She won’t even be 39 for six months… Honey, you’re still in you’re late thirties.

  • kmk05

    Love what she’s wearing, definitely wish they’d eased up on the Photoshop.

    I wish they’d asked her about upcoming movies! Those parenting and marriage questions seem like all that’s been coming up lately.

    • NoveltyRocker

      But a little more effort photoshopping her hair over the logotype. Yeesh, that looks amateur.

      • kmk05

        Maybe they thought that it was so overexposed no one would notice it was just a straight line. It’s the lack of any real texture or flyaways that’s a dead giveaway too.

  • rmcgrudiva

    I very much love the outfit styled on the model. Striking and sophisticated.

  • marlie

    I love her so much. And she looks so pretty on the cover (despite the overly aggressive PhotoShopping).

  • mjude

    i just adore her. dear god are we getting that old?

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    It’s like turning 40 is the end of your life!!!

  • filmcricket

    I’m going to be 39 in a month, and I get the impulse to think of yourself as 40 already. I’m doing it so as not to break down weeping when it actually happens.

    • jayetyler

      Honestly, I was happy to turn 40. Ecstatic really. I guess that’s the one bright side of being dxed with cancer in my early 30s- every birthday feels like a gift in and of itself.

      But trust me, turning 40 is not bad. :)

      • Lovely Rita

        I got breast cancer at 37, so I totally understand. I was glad to turn 38 and put the year of being 37 behind me. And you’re right that every year is a gift. That said I’m only 6 months older than Drew and I’m definitely not rushing the rest of my 30s!

        • jayetyler

          Congrats on your 38th & I hope you have many, many more cancer free b-days. I was dxed with BC at 32, just passed my 9th year anniversary of being cancer-free! Woot!!!

          • Lovely Rita

            Thank you so much! Congrats on your 9 years cancer free! I have my 2-year post-cancer scan next week and I’m super nervous about it.

      • filmcricket

        Wow, yes, I can imagine. Good for you for kicking its ass (and sorry for this late reply).

        The breast cancer in my family keeps hitting women younger & younger, but it hasn’t got me yet, which is yet another reason to dread my 40s. But mostly it’s that I will genuinely be middle-aged & I don’t feel like I’ve lived all that much yet.

        • jayetyler

          I hope the family curse doesn’t catch you & that you never get BC or any other type of cancer. (I had no family history but carry the brca1 mutation, as does my mom who is in her late 70s & is still cancer free, knock on wood).

          I also hope you have a lovely 40th!

    • MilaXX

      I agree, I’m a few months short of the big 50 & have already started thinking of myself as that age.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I spent my 39th birthday crying ALL DAY. Which was great, because I got it out of my system, and 40 was an absolute breeze.

      • kimmeister

        29 was so much more distasteful than 30. Now that I’m in my mid-30’s, I’m guessing I’m going to dread 39 as well.

        • Sarah

          Nope. I was horrified at 29. I am not concerned at all about 40. I thought it meant you were ancient when I was a kid, now I know it’s not a big deal (It never is, really – everybody gets older!). But yeah, if you’re worried about people perceiving you differently, just think about everyone you know that is in their 40’s, and how you know they’re not any different from you. (And maybe a little smarter.)

        • Lea Setegn

          I was excited to turn 30. From the age of 38 on, I dreaded turning 40 … until a couple of months before my birthday. I can report that I turned 40 about six weeks ago, and so far it’s better than my 20s OR 30s!

  • drdarke

    how many of you felt your hearts drop when you read Drew Barrymore say, “I’m entering my 40s now…?”

    You mean as in, “God, when did she suddenly stop being just ‘pretty’ and start being beautiful'” @Tom and Lorenzo?

    She looks wonderful – now, if she can just stop picking up the phone whenever Adam Sandler calls….

  • Town

    I love Drew Barrymore. The shiny shirt looks better on Drew than the model, and I like her plum manicure.

  • chrissybee

    Drew and I are the exact same age, and I had to do a quick mental ‘How old am I?’ check when I saw that she was turning 40. Wait a while on that, wouldja, Drew??? Love her, love the photo, not a fan of the cartoonish photoshop.

  • Thomas Jones

    Just wait. 40 is great but 50 is wonderful. You are still young enough to do most things you want to do, provided you take a nap, and old enough to not give a rat’s a** about the consequences. It is like being a teenager but with better survival skills

    • Donna Tabor

      Perfect description! And 60? Even better. I’m still in good enough shape to play and have fun, but I do not give a fig what people think, which makes things even more fun, frankly.

      • rajf

        I’m taking this to heart about 60! As a late bloomer, no birthdays have freaked me out so far, but as I slide past mid-50s to late 50’s, the idea of 60 is causing me a little flutter.

        • Donna Tabor

          It’s okay, I promise. I’ll actually be 62 soon, so I should know. :-)

          My husband and I are in awe of how great things are at this age. Who knew?

  • HVM

    Lindsay should take some pointers from her on how to get your shit together after going through the post childhood star downward spiral. She looks radiant on the cover.

  • MilaXX

    Drew is nice, in a sort of reformed hippy kinds of way. However shes veering dangerously close to being the annoying first time parent who can stop talking about the miracle of child birth and how much it has changed her life.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I pretty much don’t want to hear anybody talking about parenthood / their children unless I know them personally.

      • MilaXX

        I can tolerate it for a bit, especially if it’s a new parent, but I draw the line when the kid is 6 mths or older.

        • BrooklynBomber


  • Teresa

    She just does not age. In fact, I think she’s looking more and more radiant as she matures. Truly a lovely person whose goodness shines through both on an off-screen. She’s one hell of an inspiration.

  • elemspbee

    Thank you for this. I miss drew bee so much. I keep a drew bee chronicle and it has been months since I’ve had an entry. I want her back in my yoga class!

  • BrooklynBomber

    Love huh. But I still think if she has only one life to live, she should live it as a blond.

  • Jen

    I like this cover overall, but the shirt reads ‘pajamas’ to me….

  • poketom

    Dear InStyle,

    Refine edges.

    Thats’ all.

    – Concerned Reader

  • Qitkat

    Every decade brings its own insights. Drew sounds pretty normal for nearing her forties. Little Gertie has really become a beautiful young woman who has learned and applied a LOT of life lessons to her own journey.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I adore her, always have. Despite being photoshopped to death, she’s lovely and it’s nice to see her face. I am enjoying reading all of the comments here about turning 40, 50, and 60! I really enjoy being in my 30s, but my 40+ girlfriends tell me that it just gets better after 40.

  • formerlyAnon

    She looks lovely on that cover; I like that blouse a lot.

  • kimmeister

    Her voice is so distinctive that when I read the excerpts of the interview, I could hear her speaking those words in my head.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Better with age, in my opinion. She looks great. And I know it wouldn’t have been as dramatic for the cover, but I wish she’d gone with the dress version that was on the model. The red pants take the look a bit too mainstream for her. She’s gotta have a little punk rock left, right?

  • kim bunchalastnames

    that is the most gorgeous shirt-dress i’ve ever seen.

    • alyce1213

      I think it’s gorgeous in both colors. Great fabrics, beautiful cut and proportion.

  • Jaime Lawton Bochet

    Hmm, interesting how the subscriber cover is SO much more fierce. This looks fine, but the other cover is amazeballs.

    • Judy_J

      Yeah, I like the subscriber photo so much better. My husband even commented on it, and he never pays attention to my fashion mags.

  • andreawey

    hand way up!

  • DuBey2

    Wish TLo had room to show the inside looks(photo shoot). She was AMAZING in the antonio Berardi and Dior gowns. I’ve always loved her and am so happy she’s not ridiculed anymore. I think it was, like, 10 years ago, when no one gave her any respect — perhaps thats what she meant when she said in this article ” In life I’ve had to figure out-on my own terms-what works and what doesn’t. And I’ve had years of practice.”

  • Frenchie_M

    Why is she rushing herself into her 40’s? She has a couple more years, anyway. That cover outfit photographs like something from K-Mart circa 1984.

  • SophieCollier

    That shirt looks computer generated, doesn’t it?

  • mom2ajs5

    I love her! Always have! Her book is still on my book shelf from 20 years ago when I read it over and over during my college years.

  • Aaminah Khan

    Pretty pic and all, but I can’t get past someone from a Hollywood legacy family claiming she’s learned that nothing comes for free.

  • Jacob Bowen

    PERFECTION! Drew Barrymore needs to come out with another cheesy, cutesy (not great) movie because I want a reason to stare at her for hours on end!


  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    I never realized she was my age…she seems so much younger! I guess she’s one of those souls who will always remain young. I love that about her.

  • lareveuse73

    I facebooked this to my hair stylist when mine arrived. The subscription cover shows off the hair color better. Gorgeous!

  • CatherineRhodes

    Yup, heart dropped realizing the little girl from “Close Encounters” is now in her 40s.

  • Colette McKeown Riley

    Does anybody know what color lipstick drew is weraing on the cover