After doing her own hair and makeup, Drew Barrymore set up a tripod to photograph herself for the August cover of InStyle. Ever the optimist, Drew opens up about raising two young daughters during this moment and her new daytime talk show set to air this fall where she’ll continue to spread the good news.
On learning from this overdue movement: “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.”
On being a human welcome mat: “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.”
On feeling overwhelmed and taking care of herself: “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]”
On what badass means to her: “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.”
The August issue of InStyle, available on newsstands, on Amazon, and for digital download July 17th.
[Photo Credit: Drew Narrymore/InStyle Magazine]