Drew Barrymore is not ‘comfortable with this camaraderie of famous people’

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Drew Barrymore covers the upcoming issue of Marie Claire. I guess she’s promoting her Flower beauty line, available at Walmart, because they have a video with Drew promoting her new lipstain product. (Sidenote: I feel like I never buy lipstick anymore, I have so many and usually end up using just one or two shades until they’re down to nubs.)

Drew has parlayed her fame into this beauty line and a wine line, but unlike a lot of other celebrities shilling products she’s not doing pap walks constantly (see: Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba) nor is she constantly on social media. She uses Instagram judiciously, and she admits to Marie Claire that she’s not very good at promoting herself. She also makes it sound like she’s a busy mom who doesn’t take time to put herself together usually. I get it, but for someone who runs a beauty line her makeup is usually overdone and amateur-looking, even on the red carpet. I’m sorry to throw so much shade but I’m really into makeup. Taking 10 minutes to do you makeup with the right products and tools can make a huge difference in a look. (She does look lovely in the editorial for Marie Claire though.)

Here’s some of what Drew told Marie Claire, and it’s kind of cute the way she explained her friendship with Cameron Diaz:

On fame and celebrity friendship: “I’ve never felt comfortable with this, sort of, camaraderie of famous people. I’ve known Poo Poo [Cameron Diaz] since I was 14 years old. We just happened to know each other before her career started, and I was working in a coffeehouse trying to refigure out my life. So in a weird way, it doesn’t even count with us.”

On making an effort: “I went to parent’s night, and I wore some lipstick and concealer, and I thought the people at school looked at me kind of differently. I normally come with acne, and Ugg boots, and I thought they were like, ‘Oh that’s nice, she made a little bit of an effort.'”

On trying to do it all: “I really had to tell myself, You can do everything, but you will have to do them at different moments. And you can do a lot in the same moment, but you can’t do everything in the same moment. It was a good lesson that you will just have to prioritize and put some things over here for a little while.”

On being self-taught: “It was prompted a little bit by a fear of I don’t want to end up being 25 and not having ever educated myself in any way.”

On self-promotion: “I try really hard to keep my Instagram personal and sweet, and use it in a way to engage with people so that I can talk about work stuff, but [self promotion] is so not who I am.”

[From Marie Claire]

We’ve talked before about how Drew is noncontroversial and kind of boring frankly, but that’s a nice change compared to so many other celebrities, and compared to the drama of her childhood. Remember when she married Tom Green? That was her second marriage and it was way back in 2001. So things have changed for her quite a bit.

As for what she said about “camaraderie of famous people,” I can’t imagine how phony and insular it must seem, but I also wouldn’t mind experiencing it for a while, if only to go to a few parties and see how they live! I would be into the novelty for a while before reality sets in. It’s got to be hard to know who your friends are when you’re wealthy and famous, but I wish I had those kind of problems.

Here’s another photo from Drew’s photoshoot.

Photos credit: David Slijper and Getty Images

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  1. Kate says:

    i have a lot of respect for her in this article.

  2. Annie says:

    I always liked Drew Barrymore. She overcame a lot at a young age and I’ve always admired the fact that it appeared she figured out early on that she wanted some more substantial than booze, drugs and a Hollywood lifestyle.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Me, too. I’ve always rooted for her and she turned out remarkably grounded and sweet after a very rocky beginning.

    • Christin says:

      I respect her as well. She was on the wrong path, turned it around and doesn’t constantly play victim. I especially appreciate how low-key she is.

    • Carol says:

      Ditto. I am just a huge fan of hers. She always seemed to be conscious about sisterhood, bringing women up as opposed to tearing them down. I also love how much she prizes hard work. true friendship, and family. Love her.

  3. Danielle says:

    She’s been famous basically her entire life and seems to hang out with a lot of other famous people, right? Isn’t she part of the Jennifer meyer mommy squad? I could be wrong.

  4. lisa2 says:

    She has had a fortunate time in that people don’t throw up her past in her face or hold what she did in her teens and twenties as the measure of what she is today. That is not the case with every celebrity.

    She seems happy and that is all that matters.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I think her mother basically cut her loose at age four, so people have more sympathy and understanding regarding her teenage years?

    • KB says:

      It wasn’t just her teens though. She was like 9 when she started drinking and she was doing cocaine by 12. She was taken to parties by her mother. Or “mother” I should say. I think people know better than to blame her…she had no parents.

  5. Magnoliarose says:

    I have always liked Drew and never heard anything negative about her personality. She had her wild years to find herself but has never been in your face acting dehydrated and in need for attention. I haven’t liked her entire body of work but she doesn’t act like she’s the greatest thespian ever. I don’t mind her lack of makeup all the time because I just think that’s how she rolls most days.

  6. Aang says:

    If I remember correctly she was clubbing with her mother at age 9 and a cocaine addict by 13. That is is not having wild years or finding yourself, that is child abuse. She was exploited by the adults in her life, who instead of protecting her, used her fame for their own gain. She is very lucky to have survived that and to have ended up so together.

    • Livealot says:

      + 1

    • JenniferJustice says:

      Yes. This. I’ve wondered what it is about her that is special that gave her the determination and maturity so young to get out of it and even harder, to stay out of it. I agree her mother used her in attempt to garner fame and attention for herself….and she was just a child…a child who should have been in bed in her home rather than hanging out at Limelight until 2:00 in the morning. She had the where-with-all to emancipate herself at the age of 15. I think her godparents really supported her…Stephen Spielberg and Sophia Loren…crazy I know.

    • K says:

      Exactly she was a baby for all purposes! And look at who she became when she broke the cycle.

      I really like her and I think you can tell a lot about celebrities by how many famous friends they have. I don’t mean the yes we know each other and we will chat on social media but the this is who I spend my time with friends. The ones that it’s all there is rather scary the ones with a few that came up together I think it’s nice.

    • Magnoliarose says:

      I’m referring to her in her 20s if you are referring to my post. Like when she flashed David Letterman and used to go to raves, clubs and dated rockers. Who would think an underage child hanging in clubs doing drugs was anything other than neglect?

  7. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I update or replenish my makeup every spring and fall, and I used to buy a new lipstick then, too, until I realized I was basically buying the same two shades with different names over and over. I also have a theory that lip liner pencils are eternal.

    • Skyblue says:

      Yep…I buy the same shade of lipstick over and over again as well. And I delude myself when I’m doing it by thinking this is a totally different color.

  8. Betsy says:

    I really like her makeup styling most of the time. And my hypocritical little heart will cross the Walmart portal to purchase her Flower Cosmetics.

    I like Drew so much.

    • Mrs. Darcy says:

      I’ve never tried her makeup, is it any good?

      • Kate says:

        Not really. It’s very basic, quite outdated formulas. It’s not bad, but you can certainly do a lot better even with drugstore brands.

      • Mrs. Darcy says:

        Thanks! I don’t live in the States but visit regularly so I’m always curious about brands I can’t get in the U.K.! I remember thinking the packaging was pretty in a magazine once but I’ve really never read anything about it review wise.

      • Betsy says:

        I have really enjoyed her high gloss lipstick formula, found the matte too drying (as most are). Her eyeshadows get great reviews, my sister loved her gloss… The packaging is so pretty.

    • Nike says:

      I love it. Especially, the eyeshadow and lip and cheek chubbies. The colors are pretty, and you don’t need to use very much. The Flower brand surprised me.

  9. Another Nina says:

    Ok, Celebitchy, may I ask you to recommend some of your favorite brands for lipstick? And which shades are hot this season? I would really appreciate an educated advice from someone in the know…Thanks!

    • Kate says:

      NARS Audacious, Bite Amuse Bouche and Marc Jacobs for creamy formulas, MAC and Colourpop for mattes, Kat Von D and Jeffree Star for matte liquid lipsticks, YSL Glossy Stains for a glossy finish!

      Coming into Spring fresh, light shades and bright, bold pops of colour are in style, but really, these days it’s more about finding shades that flatter you rather than jumping on every trend.

    • Betsy says:

      Join Makeup Alley! There are reviews for every brand under the sun.

      High end I have liked Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy and am enjoying my new Bobbi Brown Serum Lipstick. What’s nice about high end is that there are testers, so there’s no guessing. Drugstore I have liked NYX’s Butter Lipsticks (bonus – Ulta usually has testers) and Revlon’s Super Lustrous lipstick is basic, but it’s always worked well for me.

      Stay off the trends. It’s a way to get you to shop and buy more, and they don’t look good on everyone. Find your two or three colors.

  10. Maya says:

    I love Drew and always admired the way she turned her life around.

  11. Magpie says:

    I think this is a direct cut to the gang Diaz hangs out with: goop, Nicole richie, Kate Hudson…..

    • Goldie says:

      But Drew’s part of that gang too. She was just at Gwyneth’s Goop party over the weekend. And Gwyneth named one of her lipsticks after her along with Reese, Cameron, Kate etc.

      Anyway, I love Drew. Glad that she’s happy.

  12. ell says:

    i didn’t know she and cameron diaz had known each other since they were 14, this is suddenly really cute.

    i like drew, i don’t think she’s boring, but women who act like all they are is mothers after having children, is something i will never understand.

    • Sarah01 says:

      Because it’s a 24/7 job. As a mother my kids are at the forefront of my life. But I understand that we need to explore and invest in other parts of ourselves.
      Im shocked to hear that she was partying at 9 and a cocaine addict by 13 that’s insane.

      • ell says:

        i have several friends with children and i also have a mother. not all women do that, that’s what i meant.

      • Bridget says:

        Well, look at Drew and her mother and childhood. It’s not hard to guess why she’s gone super traditional and kid-centeres as a mom – it’s the childhood she never had.

      • Jwoolman says:

        Yes, it’s a way to heal, being the kind of mother to your kids that you yourself never had. I think Kourtney Kardashian is doing this.

        It’s also not that unusual for professional women to slow down or interrupt their professional careers to focus on their children when it’s feasible. Our society isn’t set up properly yet for it, but I am amazed at women who manage to work full-time outside the home while raising children and managing households. It seems like an overload I myself could never manage, but so many do. It makes much more sense to have a more flexible approach, especially with regard to part-time outside jobs at a certain point for both parents as well as with regard to a long hiatus on the resume. A fellow chemist decided to do this when her son was born – they could live on one income for a few years. Her husband was a lawyer although not a highly paid one. She actually decided later to train in patent law, since chemists have the right background for chemical patent work. That gave her some more flexibility.

        Drew of course was in a very good situation to slow down in her profession while her family needed so much attention. Finances weren’t a problem. Why just rely on hired help if you don’t have to do that? Young children and babies need so much individual attention. They can get it from others besides their parents and that can also be beneficial, but it’s really nice when it can be done within the family because those connections are permanent.

  13. PK says:

    I spotted her in NYC a few years ago, and I realized that magazines and movie screens do NOT do this woman justice. In what appeared to be an “undone,” errand-running state, she has breathtakingly beautiful skin, and is one of those people who just glows. She doesn’t need even half that much makeup.

    But if it weren’t for the “camaraderie of famous people,” she wouldn’t have an acting career. She’s undeniably beautiful, smart, has overcome so much and by all accounts, is a lovely person to be around. But she’s a terrible actress. She really is.

    • Drew says:

      I feel the same. She’s not that great of an actress, but it doesn’t matter because I love to see her. I enjoy her movies.

      • Louisa says:

        I agree. Not a great actor but I do enjoy her. I just watched “I miss you already” with her and Toni Collette (love) and while it was cheesy and pretty corny she was great, I loved the 2 of them together and I had a good sob at the end. Perfect movie for a night in alone with a bottle of wine (I’m not as sad as that sounds)

      • PK says:

        @ Louisa

        I really like Toni Collette, so I might have to check that one out.

    • Mrs. Darcy says:

      I wouldn’t say “terrible” at all. With Drew it really depends on the role. She’s serviceable as a rom com lead, and was actually amazing in Grey Gardens I thought. I think maybe she needs a lot of layers to immerse herself in, as opposed to playing a straightforward “woman in love” type part. I think she has a very real quality to her work, and while sometimes I can see the effort when she is straining to portray deep upset, at least she is trying. She has a very natural comedic charm and I find her much more fun to watch than say, Scarlett Johanssen or Anne Hathaway.

      • PK says:

        @ Darcy

        It does depend on the role, I will give you that. Barrymore did do some good work in Grey Gardens.

        I’ve never quite forgiven her for “Ever After,” which was such a charming take on Cinderella. Anjelica Huston chewed Barrymore up and spit her out in every scene they shared. I was actually embarrassed for her.

      • Jayna says:

        She was fantastic in Grey Gardens. And that 50 Dates movie, whatever it’s called with Adam Sandler, I have watched like four or five times over the years. She was simply wonderful in it.

    • Sarah says:

      I’ve seen her in Los angeles having brunch with her husband and her first baby, Olive, I think is her name. This was a few years ago. She was pretty with no makeup, and she was sweet to all the waitresses. I had no clue it was her until I looked up from making funny faces at her baby (yes I’m that weirdo that does that to other people’s children) and I was like HOLY SHIT (on the inside). Her husband was also sweet and very cute.

      • PK says:

        HAHA! I’m that “weirdo” too. There is no bad day that a game of peekaboo with a curious baby can’t cure.

    • Granger says:

      I think terrible is the right word. She seems sweet, fun, feminist, real, and a wonderful friend. But she can’t act. She’s determined to produce films for and about women, though, and I love her for that!

  14. kri says:

    She calls Cameron Diaz PooPoo?! That is amazing.

    • PK says:

      Isn’t it nice how we never hear about Barrymore trashing other females in the entertainment industry? We need more of that. I look forward to seeing where her directing and producing endeavors take her.

  15. Lucy says:

    I kinda took it as a dig towards the whole “squad” thing we have these days. Well, maybe not a dig, since I don’t really think Drew is like that, but she might be referring to that. Anyways, I love her and I love that everyone here seems to do so as well!!!

  16. 2knitnwine says:

    I love Drew. She will always have a special place in my heart, I remember buying my first YM mag with her sassy mug on the cover.

    That said, I still can’t get over that she cozied up with Walmart, with its super shady business practices of employee mistreatment, if not outright exploitation, for her make up line. So disappointing. She was already successful and wealthy, she could have afforded to be more choosy with her business partners. She wasn’t some come from nothing no connections scrappy self made business woman who needed to take advantage of any opportunities came her way. I think about how many of the Walmart employees are also on public assistance while trying to work and take care of themselves and their families and it’s appalling. I’m disappointed in Drew.

  17. mialouise says:

    I wish she would speak about dating Eric Erlandson and being Frances Bean Cobain’s godmother!

    • nina says:

      Yes! I want to hear all her stories about touring with hole and dating rockstars…forgive me but I am that nosy curious gossipy girl who wants all the deets. I am happy for her though and admire her for turning her life around but yeah motherhood bores me, sorry!

  18. StormsMama says:

    I love her

  19. Velvet Elvis says:

    She never seems to age.

  20. James says:

    Love Drew! Check her out in the movie Grey Gardens, she will break (and win) your heart:) Thanks for an amazing film,