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Drew Barrymore Reveals Why She Is Not Acting Much Anymore

Drew Barrymore Reveals Why She Is Not Acting Much Anymore

Drew Barrymore graces the cover of Hamptons magazine’s Fourth of July issue, out on newsstands now!

Here’s what the 40-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On why her film Miss You Already was one of the few acting projects she has taken part in lately: “I don’t work in films and movies so much anymore. I can’t. It would take me away from my kids too much, and I’m not willing to do that…[Acting will be] every few years at best, and then I’ll just see how that goes. I’ve done two films in five years. And even those, I was like, ‘Wow, I just don’t know how to do this right now with kids.’ Right now the companies that I’m doing bring me a tremendous amount of happiness. They challenge the things that are important for me to be challenged with, like art and business, and creativity and functionality, and yet I’m being the mom that I want to be. So that for me is everything.”

On her enthusiasm for her cruelty-free beauty, accessories and eyewear brand, Flower: “It was a connective, slow, and steady evolution. I was acting, and then I wanted to make movies, so I produced. Then CoverGirl wanted me to be a spokesmodel, and I thought, I am just not a spokesmodel; nothing about me says spokesmodel. So they said, ‘Well, would you like to be co-creative director and really do the campaigns with us?’ And I said, ‘Yes! That sounds fun.’ [Starting Flower was] just a no-brainer for me. [Testing on animals is] just not something I would do or be a part of. We also are proudly made in the USA, through Walmart, and with the labs we’re able to work with, we’re able to keep it domestic and help support jobs.”

On how she balances her busy work life with family time: “It’s definitely challenging, but I really compartmentalize my time. Number one, it’s my kids. For me, waking up with them every day, having free days with them, working from home a lot, getting to do dinner, bath, and bed, is everything. My weekends are with them. I spend so much time with them that I’m actually excited when I get to step out of the house and go to a meeting. And then, things have to fall off the table. Sometimes it does seem overwhelming, but you just prioritize. You know you can’t do everything. You choose your battles. If you’re being the kind of person you want to be” which for me is a parent first”then you get excited about stepping away here and there and focusing on some other things. All of these businesses, as time consuming as they are, they let me be the kind of parent I want to be.”

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  • itsjustme

    How can you NOT just love Drew! It seems rare in this day and age for an actor or actress to have their children be their first priority! KUDOS Drew for showing EVERYONE when you choose to become a parent, you put your children first!!!!

  • Parisjok

    love her but her time for being a so call movie star is a wrap. over and over she is named as an actress who brings in very, very, low numbers of folks going to see her films. that has been going on for years. nothing lasts forever.

    she is not stupid and wants to keep up her wonderful lifestyle that costs lots and lots of money. love her business sense and positive choices she has made so far. many different ways to continue to being a rockstar

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    Drew is my soulsister, but she doesn’t know it. :D Seriously, loved her and the way she looks for 2 decades. She’s a credit to our gender.

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  • Just Mary

    How awesome of her and everyone thinks she is wonderful which she is, yet when other actresses say the same things they are vilified by you same people, commend the others how do the same instead of cyber bullying them such as Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow etc etc

  • deusexmachina

    She has come a loong loong way from her wild child days. It goes to prove you right that those young people we called brats are just in their phase provided they survived that stage. Love Drew very much she has matured beautifully without her dead beat parents. I guess choosing the right people to be her life long friends has helped her tremendously.

  • Jeremy Zuniga Arguello

    I LOVE her but this is pretty common for an actress when they reach her age. The reality is she never broke through to become a great dramatic actress. The rom-com parts are over. It’s best to just focus on her personal life.

  • Dirk_Reese-Fan

    Nice to see your life in perfect harmony, Drew !
    And you´re looking gorgeous in this dress, yup !
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  • Phineas Crumpy

    Already one of the older actors. But going through a list of Drew Barrymore’s films, I think she’s already gathered a good repertoire. From the 1980s to today.