"My cheeks hurt, I'm so happy," the 33-year-old tells Vogue about her boyfriend
Keeping in constant character for the role of Jackie Kennedy’s eccentric cousin Edie Beale in HBO’s upcoming Grey Gardens, Drew Barrymore refers to her real-life boyfriend Justin Long not by his name, but by the Edie-like label of “gentleman caller.”
Tracking the relationship between the actress-producer and the “Mac” in the Apple computer commercials, the March issue of Vogue, reports that the two knew each other for seven years before becoming serious.
Asked for his immediate reaction to what he thinks of when it comes to Barrymore, Long – who helped Drew celebrate her 33rd birthday this month – responds, “Beauty and light, and she shines it on everybody who comes into contact with her.”
As for her reaction to Long, a perennially smiling Barrymore says, “My cheeks hurt, I’m so happy.” Adds Long, 29: “She makes my cheeks hurt, too.”
It wasn’t always so. While Barrymore considers herself secure in terms of dealing with her profession and her friendships, as far up-close-and-personal relationships are concerned, “for some reason, I have not grown up to the speed I am elsewhere,” she says.
Having twice walked down the aisle, Barrymore – who, exactly a year ago at this time, insisted she was happy to be single – and first husband, bar owner Jeremy Thomas, split after five weeks, while her marriage to gross-out comedian Tom Green lasted five months before he filed for divorce.
Those in Barrymore’s circle approve of the Vassar-educated Long, says Vogue. Nancy Juvonen, Barrymore’s production-company partner in Flower Films, says, “I do feel she is finally with a good person. She is with someone who adores her and doesn’t put her down on any level … And that is such a departure.”