Drew Barrymore is the cover girl for the August issue of Elle Magazine (American). The cover shoot is pretty, but it brings to mind a question I always regarding Drew – how do you prefer your Drew? Do you like her when she’s trying to sexy and sultry, do you like her when she’s trying to be a fashion queen, or do you prefer your Drew down-home, with a flower in her hair, in jeans and a t-shirt. I have to admit, down-home Drew is my favorite. It’s her natural state, and I think she looks so pretty when she’s not all jacked up, trying to be the next Nicole Kidman (thank God). This Elle shoot seems like she’s trying to be a sultry fashionista, and… well, sometimes she falls flat when she’s doing that. I do like the black-and-white shots, though (below).
Anyway, the biggest piece of news from this interview is probably that Drew isn’t totally against plastic surgery. She’s also still trying to explain the nervous breakdown (-ish) that she had after making Grey Gardens. The Elle piece is online, but here you go:
On taking stock of where she is now: “For three years straight, I’ve been burning the candle at both ends, and as of last December, I just didn’t have anything left. I’ve been so aggressive about living life to the fullest and being plugged into everything, but now I’ve ripped the plug out of the wall and put it on the floor for a while. I’m thinking about the same things as when I was 15, about spirituality and who I am, who I want to be. It’s cocoon, pupa, larva, and f-ck, I’m reborn!”
On the media’s misconceptions of her: “I make movies. I have a passion. Puppies and daisies don’t accomplish anything. That’s not me at all.”
On being single: “If you’re 35 and single and it’s a choice, it feels fine. So I didn’t settle with the wrong person yet. Big deal!”
On her upcoming role in Going the Distance: “I like that it’s not a traditional romantic comedy, with the story line of, ‘Oh, I slept with this guy, but when I woke up, I found out he’s the CEO of my company, and we’re going to live happily ever after once we go through all these crazy perils. I talk shit with my girlfriends. And it can get dirty.”
On why she’s not afraid to get older: “I don’t want to be vain or fearful, and I don’t think I’ll do anything [in terms of plastic surgery], but if I want to do something, I will. From my perspective, there’s no reason to be afraid of aging, because if you age, you’re lucky! The alternative is death.”
On child stardom: “I was raised in unique and trying environments, but they were also amazing platforms for me to have an extraordinary life. Going through hell as a kid made me sensitive to what others in this world go through too.”
Okay, the quote, “I make movies. I have a passion. Puppies and daisies don’t accomplish anything. That’s not me at all” is really funny to me, because about five, six years ago, you could only get Drew to talk about puppies and daisies. That notion of her – flower child, animal lover, space cadet – came from some place, you know? It came from Drew. I get that she’s grown as an artist and that’s not her ANYMORE, but she acts like the media just created that image of her out of nowhere.
Photos courtesy of Elle Magazine.