Drew Barrymore graces Harper’s BAZAAR’s March cover, which marks the biggest March issue ever in the magazine’s 146 year history, and inside, she talks about her daughter, Olive, her career, her makeup line, and more.
When she first found out she was pregnant, Barrymore put her film roles on hold and searched for ways to work that didn’t involve being in a trailer, “living someone else’s life through a character. I didn’t feel I could do a lot with fashion because I wear sweatpants that I find on the floor,” she adds. “I live for makeup and I like wine. These are my truths!”
On keeping the details of her daughter’s birth under wraps: “I definitely needed some time,” she recalls. “For a solid six weeks, I was hiding like the Unabomber. Because I live my life in the public eye, I didn’t want that for her. But ultimately she realized that “unless I move into a bunker underground, I don’t have a choice in this matter. It was something that took me weeks to cope with.”
“I know she didn’t sign up for that,” she says about Olive’s being born into the glare of attention that comes with her mother’s 30-plus years of fame. “I had such an exposed childhood,” she says. “I appreciate my journey, but I don’t want that for my kid. Not any of it. It has nothing to do with whether I liked my childhood. I really did. But as a parent, that isn’t the childhood that I’d provide.”
For her successful LashBlast Mascara commercials, Barrymore’s mission was, as it is now, to help women feel good about themselves. “I grew up in a makeup chair,” she says. “And to see the women around me getting ready was so aspirational. It’s about mothers and daughters, a girl watching her mom at a vanity table. I didn’t want a cold campaign with severe messaging. I wanted warmth and acceptance and self-love.”
She wants to apply that same fresh, approachable aesthetic to her makeup line, Flower. “Nobody’s in gold rain or running through a jungle with their lipstick on,” she says. “It was just me and some great music on a white background. That’s every girl, in her closet getting ready.”