Actress, producer, director, author, model and entrepreneur Drew Barrymore has had a tumultuous relationship with fame.
Between growing up in a famous acting family entirely employed by Broadway and Hollywood and taking the spotlight at the age of 6 in Steven Spielberg’s E.T., the actress has experienced many personal and professional ups and downs while navigating her career.
Drew’s father, John Drew Barrymore, had four children with four wives with each marriage ending in divorce. His father was famed stage actor John Sidney Barrymore who dominated acting circles for decades together with Drew’s Great-Uncle Lionel and Great-Aunt Ethel.
Her mother Ildiko Jaid Mako acted occasionally, but dove into promoting Drew’s career as her manager.
Now, Drew has a message for anybody who may be going through something rough right now. She took to Instagram to share two sides of her “glamorous Hollywood life.”
Hit the arrow on the right of the post below to see the second image.
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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?
The post showcases two completely opposite Drew Barrymores.
One shows “two hours of hair and makeup and amazing photography and lighting” and the other shows a Barrymore on the “days [that] are difficult and not so pretty.”
Barrymore, now 43, encourages her followers to work through days like her second photo.
“I realize I am lucky with solvable problems and my gratitude is never ending,” she disclaims.
“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.”
Still beautiful 😘😍
— Boo Diddley (@ZombiePassion31) December 21, 2018
— Bethanie Ann (@bethanieboo72) December 21, 2018
I love this woman! She is showing all of us reality ! when we try to compete with the images on magazines we are setting ourselves for disappointments – the pictures aren’t reality- life is hard- be grateful for the good days and every moment that brings us an oz of joy❤️
— Lamb call (@lamb_call) December 21, 2018
Barrymore has always been open about her struggles.
Barrymore, just one day before this Instagram post, shared a thoughtful reflection on the decision between her and ex-husband Will Kopelman to split for good.
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#TheWayItLooksToUs : RELATIONSHIPS Once upon a time… I remember reading an article that said I had gotten my happy ending after all. Looking at this picture, it sure looks that way. And then, like many times in life for all of us, our plans change and our dreams are adjusted. But that doesn’t mean that every second wasn’t worth it. And if that DeLorean time machine pulled up every day, I would do it all over again. After all, I did get my dream. 2 healthy girls. Will and I continue to marvel at what we made and try to be the best co parents we can be. It’s not always easy and the point is…nothing in life is. But it doesn’t mean that any bitter outweighs the sweet!
“I remember reading an article that said I had gotten my happy ending after all. Looking at this picture, it sure looks that way. And then, like many times in life for all of us, our plans change and our dreams are adjusted.”
But Barrymore says she regrets nothing.
“After all, I did get my dream. 2 healthy girls.”
“[My daughters have] made me such a calmer, better person,” she previously said to TODAY .
“I’ll never take the tone with them of work is bad, my past is bad, life is bad. This is the adventure and journey we’re on, but you have to be nice, and safe.”
Except, of course, when they’re strewing powdered sugar around the house.
Use the arrow on the right of the below post to see the cute video of reality versus fantasy.
All of it is a gentle reminder to put one foot in front of the other.
A kind reminder what mental health really looks like behind the glitz and glam! Please stay real to you and always be kind to yourself! You don’t have to prove your love to anyone but to you first! https://t.co/xx4weoblgt#GetLouderOnMentalHealth
— Parul Shah MSP,RSW (@ParulShahEECS) December 21, 2018
— Thrive Global (@thrive) December 21, 2018
God Bless You Drew Barrymore ❤️
— Deirdre (@Deirdre_1964) December 21, 2018
Drew Barrymore deserves all the respect in the world for coming back from problems that would destroy most people. This is the kind of resilience and reality we should honor. Bravo to her for her honesty.
— Heidi N. Moore (@moorehn) December 21, 2018
— Sheila Jennings (@SheilaKJennings) December 22, 2018
Makes me like her that much more. And yeah, I’ve always thought she was a bad actress, same goes for a few current stars, but they succeed, cuz they’re genuinely good people that others… https://t.co/WOUHeCkVol
— Keith Justice Hayward (@keithhayward) December 21, 2018
And fans are sending as much love back in her direction as possible.
You got this, Drew. And so do we all.