Drew Barrymore on Staying 'Hot' in Hollywood: 'It's Exhausting, and It's Not Very Realistic'
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Drew Barrymore spent a lifetime as one of the hottest actresses in show business, but after taking some time off to focus on her family and pursue other projects, she’s realizing how tiring it can be to keep up with Hollywood’s breakneck pace, and unrealistic expectations.
“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,” Barrymore, 40, told Harper’s Bazaar in its March cover story.
“I don’t think I’m hot right now necessarily, because I have all my irons in a bunch of different fires,” she admitted. “I’m writing. I’m doing makeup. I’m doing design. I’m expanding Flower” – her beauty line – “into different categories.”
In addition to her budding beauty biz, Barrymore also has two daughters and her husband, Will Kopelman, to look after. Her oldest, Olive Barrymore Kopelman, is 3, while Frankie Barrymore Kopelman is 1.
While working on her last acting project, Miss You Already, Barrymore told PEOPLE she learned that “it’s not physically possible” to give all her energy to work and motherhood at the same time. “I’ll do my best. I’m a workhorse, I always have been, I always will be. But work is very much second to my kids,” she added.
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But before she was a mom, Barrymore says all of her time was dedicated to film. “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,” she says of her career.
Barrymore also says she’s come to realize that being “hot” in Hollywood isn’t just about looks and money. “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,” she explains.
“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.”