Drew Barrymore Reveals Why She Is Not Acting Much Anymore
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.”
For more on Drew, visit Hamptons-magazine.com!