Drew Barrymore, who you may know as the star of the acclaimed Netflix horror/comedy Santa Clarita Diet, has been a notable name in the film industry her entire life (50 First Dates, Charlie’s Angels).
Barrymore rose to fame in 1982 at the age of seven for her portrayal of Gertie in E.T.: The Extraterrestrial. She had a highly publicized childhood and adolescence, marked by alcohol and drug abuse, and has since come through to the other side.
Now 43, Barrymore has been very open about her past struggles. So when Barrymore sat down for an interview with Glamour UK to talk about her beauty brand, “Flower Beauty,” she gave some insight into how she keeps herself healthy despite a difficult past.
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Welcome to GLAMOUR's High Street Beauty Digital Issue starring movie icon turned beauty boss, @drewbarrymore. In a candid interview with GLAMOUR's Editor-in-chief, @deborah_joseph, the former wild child says no to plastic surgery, heroin and man bashing. Click the link in our bio to discover our latest digital issue which also includes the 100 best High Street beauty buys ALL UNDER £30. We will race you for them…
Deborah Joseph, who gave the interview, says she was “taken aback by her normality,” and that the interview progressed naturally and sweetly, as evidenced by the fact that “five minutes in, and [they were] talking heroin and plastic surgery.”
“I have an extremely addictive personality,” Barrymore told Joseph.
“I’ve never done heroin, and I don’t want to get plastic surgery because I feel like they’re both very slippery slopes. I feel if I try either, I’m going to be dead really soon.”
Barrymore has always been candid about her struggles. Just last month she shared an Instagram post showing herself weeping after a clearly bad day, to try and de-normalize the manufactured beauty that came with “two hours of hair and makeup and amazing photography and lighting,” and started a discussion about the real day-to-day struggle of being a human being.
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#TheWayItLooksToUs : LIFE What I propose some days are great and beautiful Sure, I can be this with two hours of hair and makeup and amazing photography and lighting. I also feel beautiful after a sweaty workout… But it all takes work! Which is good because we can achieve it. What I can’t hide is that some days are difficult and not so pretty… (swipe for photo #2 and I realize I am lucky with solvable problems and my gratitude is never ending. But sometimes life can just get to you and take you down for a minute! But we cry and then pick ourselves up and put one foot in front of the other) Can anyone relate?
Barrymore created “Flower Beauty” because of how strongly she feels about aging naturally.
“Not messing with my face or chasing some unnatural beauty is a standard I live by,” she explained to Glamour UK.
“I have dark circles under my eyes. I was at my dermatologist’s recently who said to me, ‘Can I shoot some Juvederm up there? It will raise the skin and it won’t be so sunken, which is causing the darkness to look worse, because it’s lower than the natural light that is hitting it.’ And I went: ‘No, but I’m gonna go home and start highlighting under my eyes, so thank you for the tip!”
Clearly it’s working:
Drew Barrymore (1991) pic.twitter.com/JfOMciAXuk
— History Lovers Club (@historylvrsclub) January 9, 2019
Drew Barrymore for Glamour UK Magazine. pic.twitter.com/2UcW8ujkIJ
— جوزفين (@JosphineMamdouh) January 10, 2019
fuck Drew Barrymore is 43?? what the hell she looks hella young for her age im shookt
— cathal (@tonibooeh) January 11, 2019
And if anything, it’s more of an incentive for the public to adore Drew Barrymore, in addition to some pertinent other reasons:
Be a nice person act like Drew Barrymore and be kind to dogs
— nussy (@1nussy3) January 11, 2019
Me watching The Masked Singer: This is the dumbest thing I've ever seen lol
One hour later: Here's a spreadsheet I made proving that Drew Barrymore is The Unicorn
— Bobbie Jean Sawyer (@bobbiejsawyer) January 7, 2019
I hope Drew Barrymore wakes up every single morning feeling proud of her contributions to cinema & society at large.
— keaton kilde (@keatonkildebell) January 11, 2019
Drew Barrymore – I’m just learning who I… pic.twitter.com/tQHKNovIkU
— Success Manifestation Secrets (@Successfulster) January 11, 2019
When confronted with the idea that it was “unusual for a Hollywood star of [Drew Barrymore’s] status to be so, well, au natural,” the mom of two responded:
“It shouldn’t be. We’ve gone far too far with the whole thing, especially when people who are so young are doing it.”
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#TheWayItLooksToUs: MY REALITY BECOMES MY MEMORIES And when I look back, it wasn’t so bad When I cleaned up my daughter’s mess, the powdered sugar in the air fell into my mouth and I realized how sweet my reality really is. Sometimes what seems like the biggest mess can be your greatest memory. Someone wise once told me that memories are what you take with you. #TheAirIsSweet And life goes on. In that same hallway, Olive directs us all in a little play and we make a video! What I love most is that the moments keep rolling. If your loved ones have health, than you actually have the most important blessing. We all are wrapped up in #thewayitlookstous and yet that in itself is a luxury! May we all be protective and grateful for the love we have. And who cares how it looks! If you are kind, well, that’s the prettiest look I’ve ever seen.
“I feel aging is a privilege. It’s about how to do it gracefully, with humor, self-love and a respect for the process, and that’s always been really important to me. Then I started having girls and I thought, thank god these were my initial instincts. Now I can carry them out in an even more deep and profound way.”
@DrewBarrymore I just read your article from the publication shot by google pixel3 and I’m so inspired. As a recovering addict with the most addictive personality there is, I also know I can never do certain things. Right now life is good. Keep up the good work!!!! Your not alone
— Mike (@Mike86871092) January 11, 2019
— BANG Showbiz (@BANGShowbiz) January 11, 2019
Great quote by Drew Barrymore "I feel ageing is a privilege. It's about how to do it gracefully, with humor, self love and a respect for the process and that's always been important to me." #DrewBarrymore #selflove #loveageing
— Jules (@JulesBerntsen) January 11, 2019
drew barrymore been top 3, always gon be there.
— dev (@tenbands) January 11, 2019
Barrymore’s show, Santa Clarita Diet, will premiere its third season of ten episodes set to premiere sometime within the first quarter of 2019. The first two seasons are currently available and streaming.