Drew Barrymore: ‘Now it’s my life mission to figure out’ dining rooms

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore covers the summer 2013 issue of California Style or C Magazine, and the publication chose the worst, most vanilla photo out of the whole shoot as the cover. The editorial is very gorgeous and features Drew in colorful botanical settings, and she’s styled beautifully, but the cover is so bland. Such a waste of an opportunity to sell copy.

Drew Barrymore

In the interview, Drew gushes (like she is wont to do — it’s her default method of conversation) about her wonderful married life with Will Kopelman. Drew absolutely adores his (monied) family, which includes a philanthropist mom, Coco; a former Chanel CEO father, Arie; and a novelist sister, Jill Kargman. As a side note, I read one of Kargman’s books, The Rock Star in Seat 3A (which is totally about Trent Reznor, by the way), on an airplane a few years ago. Her writing is pure fluff but not as bad as a lot of chick lit. Well, Drew loves her new family, and she seems to particularly enjoy the fact that the Kopelmans actually sit down to dinner together, which is something she hadn’t really heard of as part of the dysfunctional Barrymore clan. Now Drew is all about sit-down meals, and she’s going to tell us all about it:

She’s so lucky: “I won the in-laws jackpot. It might be the best karma for having one of the wackiest upbringings. I never had dinner with my mom or dad, let alone together. It’s amazing to think that in life you can completely have a do-over.”

Kopelman enlightened her: “I told him, ‘Dining rooms are stupid. They shouldn’t exist. When was the last time we had a dinner party?’ Family dinners would never have occurred to me, and that’s what I want most. Now it’s my life mission to figure out this room.”

[From California Style mag]

Oh noooo. I just had a vision of Drew getting so excited about dining rooms that she gets the bright idea to start offering a designing service just for that room! That’s what she does, you know. She tie-dyes socks in her sink and decides to try and sell them. She puts on lipstick, and all of a sudden she’s got a make-up line at Wal-Mart. So get ready for wacky, Drew Barrymore-designed dining spaces coming to an Ikea near you.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

Photos courtesy of C Mag

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  1. Lflips says:

    That’s a pretty pathetic life mission…

  2. RHONYC says:

    just brought back the image from the SATC ep of Charlotte redecorating her dining room and playing with the dimmer switch looking delightfully dazed at the chandelier like a deranged Stepford Wife.


  3. lisa2 says:

    Gosh.. these women.

    This interview sounds like it is in the same vein as Salma Hayek. why is it that when they got married and had kids they became women from the 50′s

    • Emily says:

      The whole point of being a modern woman SHOULD be about being able to choose the life you want for yourself without judgement (although barely anyone seems to have that last bit down).

      If she wants to work and never have kids, so be it. If she wants to have kids, work part time that’s awesome too. If she wants to quit her job and never work again and sit around decorating rooms while her daughter watches on, power to her.

      She can CHOOSE what she wants with no choice being ‘better’ or more superior than anyone else’s.

  4. Meaghan says:

    the life mission comment was clearly a joke. She looks great, happy that she’s found the family life she probably always wanted.

  5. Marty says:

    I have to say her Flower line is actually a very decent drugstore makeup brand. Cute packaging and good quality for the value products.

  6. AmandaPanda says:

    My husband’s family is family friends with the kopelmans (kopelmen?!) and a massive SNORT at the idea that they are “stable”. The 2 kids (and particularly Jill) never stop talking about all the dysfunctional stuff they put up with as children. Still, I guess it’s all relative.

  7. Sam says:

    I miss the old Drew Barrymore. The one who was unbashedly feminist and directed Whip It and did all that stuff. It seems like she’s trying to conform to what she thinks is expected of her (by society, by herself, who knows). Bring back old Drew.

    • Angie says:

      It’s exactly what I was thinking about when I read this article.
      It’s weird to think that just 3-4 years ago, she was directing whip it about roller derby girls and now that she is a mom, she just want to be another GOOP or Jessica Alba.
      And Alba seems to be a celeb mom and lifestyle guru because she hasn’t a lot going on career wise, and it’s a way to stay relevant (It’s also reminds me of this article about the mocktress in the Hollywood Reporter). Whereas Drew seemed like a promising director (I thought Whip it wasn’t bad for a first effort from an actress).
      It’s really weird. I wouldn’t have thought that Drew would try to be another celeb mom. Especially as she was a child star, I thought she would hate the idea to put her child in the spotlight.

      I think her first movie (whip it) was good, I liked it. It wasn’t a great movie but an enjoyable and really fun one, better than most crappy comedies or chick flicks I saw that year. I was surprised it didn’t do well at the box office.
      I was really looking for her next movie, but I suppose it won’t happen anytime soon because she is busing designing dining room, now.
      I mean, good for her, I’m glad she is happy with her family, but I miss the old Drew too, sigh.

  8. Jess says:

    Buy table and chairs. Place some food on table, sit on chair. Eat food whilst sitting on chair.

    No one wonder Drew needs to dedicate herself to the task of figuring out dining rooms, that’s some complex stuff right there.

  9. EscapedConvent says:

    Sitting down with the family to have dinner together may sound like a silly thing to get so happy about, but Drew did not have this growing up. I say let her gush.

    I can relate to this, as I had no idea that people who were relatd to each other could sit at a table together & not have either tense silence (calm before the storm) or screaming fights. I was surprised & delighted when I went to my first boyfriend’s house for dinner & his family was so friendly & civilized!

    So it’s new to Drew. Good for her. & her skin looks beautiful.

  10. An says:

    I can’t help it, I think she adorable. Dammit ET!

  11. butch says:

    I think some of you have no idea the importance of a sit down meal with family. Away from TV. All families are dysfunctional. My family is far from me now, so its just me and my man at the table. I can’t imagine a childhood without those memories. My dad had strict table manners etiquette and always politically charged opinions when the in-laws came on Sundays. I know why Drew is fascinated by this dynamic and I’m glad she now has a bit of her own.

  12. Adrien says:

    Drew should team up with Vanilla Ice and Bronson “Balki” Pinchot.

  13. annaloo. says:

    I like Drew, but honestly, she is so basic, it’s not even funny. Have you tried her recipes? They are for folks who are JUST discovering that you can cook with olive oil and garlic.

    I would like to see a Drew-designed dining room though. Her flower neo-hippie Hollywood child persona would probably have a u-shaped table, for which the family would rotate sitting at the head so everyone can feel so breathlessly special. And probably different colored seat cushions to encourage a different aura for appetite. Pretty basic. A collaboration btw her and Ikea would make sense.

  14. Reece says:

    For someone who didn’t grow up with that sitting at the table family dynamic the dining room is an odd but fascinating thing.

  15. Bodhi says:

    I don’t think its worth throwing shade. I had sit down dinners at the table every night of my childhood, but she OBVIOUSLY didn’t. My BIL has dated girls who were baffled by the idea of sitting down to family dinners. For someone who didn’t grow up with it, its a fairly novel idea & she shouldn’t be mocked for being excited about it.

  16. danielle says:

    My bf was fairly baffled by my insistence at sitting down at a table for meals instead if on the couch in front of the tv. He likes it now.