Drew Barrymore: ‘Nothing comes for free. Life does not provide you with an easy ride’

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore covers the September issue of InStyle. I guess the only thing more surprising than Drew capturing a fall fashion cover is that this is the seventh time Drew has covered this particular magazine. Really, Drew’s street style is kind of lazy and awful (not that I have room to talk while living in jeans and yoga pants), and she rarely even does her hair unless she’s on the red carpet. But she cleans up pretty well for this cover, and the stylists/photoshop artists have managed to tone down Drew’s newly fried and blonde hair quite a bit.

From what I can see of the shoot, it’s nothing special, but the interview is merely another opportunity for Drew to share that she’s the first parent ever in the entire universe. Of course, she is no stranger to uttering sweeping statements in interviews, including how females are inherently moody and that women can’t have it all when it comes to career and parenting. Drew’s feature is called “A Real-Life Fairy Tale,” so of course Drew is talking about her wonderful husband, Will Kopelman, and how she’s suffered so much to get to this point in her life. While it’s true that Drew has had some rough times (including a pretty awful childhood), I think she’s been pretty fortunate overall. Here are some excerpts:

Drew Barrymore

On Olive at age 1: “Yesterday I took her to the Guggenheim Museum, and these two little girls were dancing in front of a light installation. They were about 7 years old, and Olive just loves kids. We put her on the floor, and you could see how much she wanted to play with them. I had this weird mix of emotions. I was so proud of my daughter that she was giving of herself, and I began remembering those moments when as a child, you’re like, ‘I wanna play! I wanna play!’ And the other kids are like, ‘Not now, kid. Beat it!’ I was like, ‘Oh my god, this what being a parent is.’ It’s a lot of pride and a lot of nervousness.”

Drew’s an anxious parent: “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 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 Will’s parenting style: “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 lesson and apply them to being a parent.”

Drew’s life lessons: “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.”

[From InStyle]

In the grand scheme of things, this isn’t a particularly loopy Drew interview. I mean, at least she’s not raving about her life’s mission of figuring out dining rooms, right? The thing that bugs about Drew is that she thinks every experience is so “incredible” and “extraordinary” just by virtue of them being her own experiences. Like, the rest of us have never had challenges or taken a kid to a museum. Maybe we’re just not as enthusiastic about Drew. She is a positive one.

Here’s Drew hitting up a yoga class in May in West Hollywood. She hardly ever gets papped anymore!

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and InStyle

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  1. Anna says:

    What I want to know is why the heck she of all people is covering the FREAKING SEPTEMBER ISSUE??? She has absolutely nothing to promote. What, every other A and B-list celebrity was booked?

  2. Jayna says:

    She’s a good person. I can’t hate on her even when she makes silly, grand statements. She came out of a bizarre childhood, addictions, and was not just a cleaned-up, free-spirited woman, but a smart girl who created her own production company and made things happen for her career. Go, Drew.

    • MaiGirl says:

      I agree. She’s narcissistic, like damn near everyone in Hwood, but I think she has her head and heart in the right places, for the most part. Still not happy with some of her comments, especially that thing about women being inherently moody. I work with far too many cranky men going through andropause (yes, that ish is REAL!) to be able to agree.

  3. Kiddo says:

    I think she has always used hyperboles. I will cut her some slack though, I think she is trying to express some gratitude and appreciation for where her life has brought her, rather than bragging about exceptional experiences. Let’s face it, everyone overuses and misuses the word,”awesome”. I think she is simply replacing that word with equally exaggerated terms.

  4. Turtle Dove says:

    I like Drew and all, but she gets a lot of press for….. what exactly?

    “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.”

    This is an excellent comment. Quite true.

  5. carol says:

    she’s so classically beautiful. I remember that movie she was in where she was Cinderella (Ever After) and her face looked just like the painting given to her by Leonardo De Vinci

  6. MonkeyTowz says:

    I’ve always liked her. She reminds me of my best friend. As a cynic, I enjoy being around positive people, however loopy they may be. I don’t always want to sit around discussing the meaning of life. Sometimes I just want to talk about boys, shopping & over analyze the latest episodes of Breaking Bad. She seems fun.

  7. Jennifer12 says:

    She seems kind of lost now that her standard roles aren’t appropriate anymore. It seems weird that she’s fitting the mom roles now- Gertie is approaching 40! But the awkward, geek girl roles don’t fit anymore. It would be great to see her in serious roles now, but I don’t think they catch her interest. She likes the roles where she’s the ugly duckling or the geek or the misunderstood girl.

  8. Anna says:

    This is a bit thick, from someone coming from a family like hers.

    • eggnog says:

      Agree. I think she’s a kind person and is sincere about what she’s saying, but she underestimates the value of the position she started from in life.

      She has struggled though. I guess everyone’s concept of suffering is different.

      • Kiddo says:

        Well, she clearly had the advantages of the namesake and money, but her family has a long history of substance abuse and I think she suffered from a serious lack of parenting and support, herself. That may be why she is so gobsmacked about being a dedicated mother, since her mother was purportedly much different. Maybe she thinks her mother wanted a free ride?

  9. It'sJustBlanche says:

    I like her a lot. She reminds me of a certain type of west coast girl, sort of flakey but earthy and sweet, the type who has to find meaning in everything. I have friends like that and it’s sort of a nice change from the snark I personally give out way too much.

  10. jesb says:

    Drew is my muse, my lifelong love. I have looked up to her since she was a child, only slightly older than myself, and I’ve loved her since I knew what it was to love someone from afar. Love me some Drew :)

  11. Sisi says:

    I find drew so confusing. Sometimes I think she’s not pretty at all not one bit, but sometimes she’s just utterly mesmerizing I can’t take my eyes of her. I’m so confused.

  12. TheOriginalWaffle says:

    I love all Drew Barrymore interviews. And she makes really great photoshoots, too. Bring on the loopy!

  13. kim says:

    I will not be reading the rest of that interview. Same crap you hear ALL THE TIME from ppl who act like no has had a child, but them. Drew sucks in her old age. I miss NeverBeenKissed Drew…

  14. aenflex says:

    Nepotism at it’s hypocritical finest.

  15. Shelly says:

    I will always love Drew. I’ve grown up with her since ET, we are about the same age, and I just have a soft spot for her. She looks beautiful on this cover, I always love her photo shoots. She has gorgeous eyes and a gorgeous face.

  16. Boxy Lady says:

    I love Drew. Loved her since ET and Irreconcilable Differences is still one of my favorite movies.

    I remember she gave an interview years ago where she outlined how hard she had to work in order to get back into the good graces of Hollywood after she went to rehab as a teenager. I remember that her attitude was completely humble about it. She said that even if she didn’t get a job, the audition would show the casting agents that she was serious about getting back to work and that the word would spread to other casting agents that she was sober and ready to work. Then when she landed a small role, she would commit to working hard and being on time in order to demonstrate that it would not be a waste of time to hire her in the future. She worked her way back in and back up, little by little, and this is why I will always be on Drew’s side.

    I honestly wish that Lindsay Lohan would adopt this same kind of approach to her career; it would certain garner Lohan more respect if she did.

    • Kiddo says:

      Nicely put and cosign on the wishes for Lohan.

    • M says:

      That’s really commendable that Drew did that. I didn’t know it was that difficult for her.

      Just wanted to point out though that Hollywood is very different now, and I don’t think Lindsay’s problem is not working enough. She probably could work very hard, but there are a lot of people right now who would hire her just to exploit her. (a la the Liz movie) I don’t think Drew was in danger of that level of exploitation in Hollywood.

      Anyway, I really liked this interview from Drew. Was worried about her for a bit with her 50′s housewife kind of routine in her interviews, but now she sounds like the old Drew. :)

  17. Steph says:

    I sort of think that Drew is a very feel-y person and she really does experience things on a very emotional, positive level. She doesn’t bug me.

  18. AngelaO says:

    It’s nice for Drew to tell us that “life does not provide you with an easy ride” when she herself was born into fame and fortune.