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Drew Barrymore: You Can't 'Burn Bright' Your Whole Life

Drew Barrymore: You Can't 'Burn Bright' Your Whole Life

Drew Barrymore‘s head is on fire for this new photo shoot in Harper’s Bazaar magazine’s March 2016 issue.

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

On what “hot” means to her:
“Hot is a state of mind. It’s an energy. You’re hot when you’re motivated. It means you want it and you’re going after it. Hot isn’t about being on the A-list of having a hot body. It’s literally people who are on fire. Like Lena Dunham is on fire. Amy Schumer. Louis C.K. I think their brands of comedy and observational life stuff are some of the coolest I’ve seen in so many years.”

On whether she perceives herself as “hot” right now: “I don’t think I’m hot right now necessarily, because I have all my irons in a bunch of different fires. I’m writing. I’m doing makeup. I’m doing design. I’m expanding Flower into different categories. I think it’s a huge mistake to think you have to burn bright for your whole life. You cannot sustain it. It’s exhausting, and it’s not very realistic.”

On her experience with Hollywood heat in all its iterations: “It’s been at different intervals: E.T. was a really exciting time; when I was doing The Wedding Singer and starting Flower Films; making Never Been Kissed and Charlie’s Angels; when I directed Whip It and did Grey Gardens in the same year. Those were times when I really pushed myself and I didn’t care about my sleep, my health. I didn’t have relationships or children that would be a priority over my work.”

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Credit: Jean-Paul Goude/Harpers Bazaar
Posted to: Drew Barrymore, Magazine

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