DREW party, ‘Life is an all-ages and ev­ery­one’s in­vited.’

‘I’ve al­ways fan­ta­sised about hav­ing a desk job be­cause it seemed like such a con­sis­tent life, and noth­ing about mine was grounded,’ Drew Bar­ry­more says. Now she’s a CEO, and the ul­ti­mate girl boss.

Fairlady - - COVER STORY - By Sandra Parmee

Drew Bar­ry­more is re­lent­lessly pos­i­tive. Just scrolling through her In­sta­gram feed makes you feel cheer­ful. Even through her dark­est times, in­clud­ing a trou­bled child­hood, she seems to find a way to grow and learn from any ex­pe­ri­ence. ‘There’s a war­rior as­pect to be­ing happy. You’ve got to fight for it,’ she told Good House­keep­ing. Drew is also pos­si­bly the ‘realest’ celeb out there be­cause she’s so open about the messes and spills of life that we all go through, and so will­ing to let her guard down. Over the past few months she’s been rock­ing quite an un­con­ven­tional look for Hol­ly­wood’s usu­ally overly preened elite. Her brows are grown out, as are her dark roots. And the rea­son is sim­ple: ‘I don’t feel like tweez­ing right now,’ she says. ‘I need to go back to my ’80s roots. The time right now is nat­u­ral. Nat­u­ral base colour. Nat­u­ral brows. Nat­u­ral face. Not be­ing on the tread­mill out of fear of age­ing.’ She also plans on bring­ing the an­klet back, she jokes. Sadly, her mar­riage to art con­sul­tant Will Kopel­man has come to an end, with the pair an­nounc­ing their di­vorce in March last year, af­ter nearly four years of mar­riage. She’s spo­ken openly on the sub­ject, telling Chelsea Han­dler on her talk show that she felt like ‘the big­gest fail­ure’. But if there’s

one thing Drew knows how to do, it’s how to pick her­self up. ‘I had a really hard time a cou­ple of months ago and kind of knew life was head­ing in a new di­rec­tion. I called some­one I really trust, re­spect, and be­lieve in, be­cause he’s al­ways been the con­duc­tor of grace. I said, “What’s your ad­vice?” He said, “You put one foot in front of the other.’”

For Drew, that means con­tin­u­ing to fo­cus on her film com­pany and beauty range. She also has a new eye­wear line out, and she and Ellen De­Generes had some fun play­ing dress-up with the specs on Ellen’s show. Flower Films, Drew’s pro­duc­tion com­pany, was founded in 1995 with good friend Nancy Ju­vo­nen. The com­pany has pro­duced films such as Never Been Kissed and cult clas­sic Donnie Darko. She’s also the CEO of af­ford­able cos­met­ics brand Flower Beauty, which she launched three years ago. The range is sold in Wal­mart stores across Amer­ica and Canada.

While we might fan­ta­sise about life in Hol­ly­wood and what a glam­orous act­ing ca­reer would be like, it’s the nineto-five life that Drew craves. ‘I’ve al­ways fan­ta­sised about hav­ing a desk job, be­cause it seemed like such a con­sis­tent life, and noth­ing about mine was grounded,’ she says. ‘And be­ing a CEO? I mean, it’s pretty gang­ster.’

Well, we cer­tainly agree with that. Drew is the ul­ti­mate girl boss, and the way she sup­ports and in­vests in other women is just the cherry on top. ‘I care so much about mes­sag­ing, and my mes­sage has been com­pletely con­sis­tent my whole life: girls can do any­thing. Girls should have fun. Life is an all-ages party, and ev­ery­one’s in­vited.’

She really means it, if her ac­com­plish­ments are any­thing to go by. So far on her list of ca­reers, she can tick off ac­tor, pro­ducer, di­rec­tor, CEO, wine­maker and au­thor. And she loves the va­ri­ety. ‘It’s ex­cit­ing to think that you don’t have to do one thing in life. I was an ac­tress but that be­came ‘not enough’ at a cer­tain point, and I wanted to chal­lenge my­self and do more, so I started mak­ing the movies my­self. There were other things that also in­ter­ested me along the way, like beauty and wine. ‘I’d love to live a few dif­fer­ent lives in this one life. It’s best not to over­think it and just go do it!’

Act­ing might not be her main fo­cus for now, but she hasn’t dis­ap­peared from that world com­pletely. In 2015 she starred in the well-re­ceived drama Miss You Al­ready, with Toni Col­lette. ‘The idea of Drew play­ing my best friend was like a to­tal dreamy fan­tasy,’ Toni said in an in­ter­view. ‘She’s so vo­cal and is such a pi­o­neer for all things fe­male.’ Drew also pro­duced 2016 rom-com How to be Sin­gle and stars in Net­flix com­edy se­ries

Santa Clarita Diet. Oh, and she’s signed on as nar­ra­tor for First Dates, an alternative dat­ing show pro­duced by Ellen De­Generes.

And per­haps we can ex­pect in­ter­est­ing col­labs with the likes of Lena Dun­ham and Amy Schumer in the fu­ture. ‘Their brands of com­edy and ob­ser­va­tional life stuff are some of the coolest I’ve seen in years,’ Drew told Harper’s

Bazaar. Then there are the women she shares ev­ery­thing with, an en­vi­able crew that in­cludes Gwyneth Pal­trow and Cameron Diaz. Cameron, Drew’s co-star in Char­lie’s An­gels, is some­one she can really lean on, she told Good House­keep­ing. ‘If you’re in a scary prison in the mid­dle of nowhere, call Cameron. She’ll get you out. If you’re look­ing for the best din­ner-cook­ing part­ner and watch­ing-TV-on-the-couch friend, call her. If some­one is in a med­i­cal sit­u­a­tion, call her! She’s the most loyal, fierce, fun, cosy friend.’

‘Good women change your life. I didn’t grow up tra­di­tion­ally, with that din­ing room ta­ble sort of set­ting.’ Her fa­ther, John, and mother, Jaid, di­vorced when the ac­tress was nine, with Drew legally sep­a­rat­ing from them at 14. ‘My girls are my fam­ily, and I love my jour­ney. My des­tiny is to raise two daugh­ters.’ Drew’s first­born, Olive, is five years old and the youngest, Frankie, is two. As a par­ent, Drew de­scribes her­self as an ‘over­achiever’, ‘not be­cause I think I’m go­ing to re­peat the pat­terns of my par­ents. That’s not my fear. I’ve bro­ken that pat­tern in my life. But hav­ing grown up in the op­po­site way, I’m rais­ing my chil­dren with all con­sis­tency, all pro­tec­tion. This is my chance to get it right.’ And she’d never let them be­come child stars, but she does en­cour­age them to do art, mu­sic and gym­nas­tics.

She also in­sists she’s not a ‘cool mom’. ‘I’m def­i­nitely really goofy; I don’t think I’m cool at all!’ she said in a TV in­ter­view. ‘My own daugh­ter’s like: “All right, enough danc­ing around.”’ But that very qual­ity – her light­ness and abil­ity to smile through dif­fi­culty – will prob­a­bly stay with her daugh­ters for­ever.

‘My life’s mis­sion and the only thing that mat­ters as of now is that my daugh­ters know what our lives were like, how we lived and how much I love them,’ Drew told

Pop­sugar: ‘For them to know that they weren’t just loved, but ridicu­lously, ut­terly, life-al­ter­ingly loved. That’s the only rea­son I’m here now!’

Drew at this year’s Golden Globe Awards in a Monique Lhuil­lier dress.

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