InStyle’s September issue is a record breaker. First with its size -- the girth of its 716 pages deem it the largest issue we have ever published in our nearly 20 year history. And for our cover subject, Drew Barrymore, who is a record-setter in her own right: This marks her seventh InStyle cover, the most for any star ever. She celebrated her history with InStyle by having a reunion of sorts with Editor Ariel Foxman, who had first sat down with her near the beach in Santa Monica a decade ago. This meeting was decidedly more high-tech: The two chatted over Spreecast, a live digital video service. Throughout their conversation one thing was remarkably clear: Barrymore proves that you actually can live happily ever after. Having long ago slain her dragons to overcome the trials and misadventures of her youth, she has finally found her prince (husband Will Kopelman), has given birth to a little princess (1-year-old Olive), and rules with grace over a self-made empire (she runs a production company, Flower Films, and a beauty line, Flower Beauty, to name a few). Scroll down to read a portion of Ariel and Drew’s conversation. To read the full interview, pick up the new InStyle, on newsstands and available for download to your tablet starting Friday, August 16.
Editor’s Note: The following is excerpted from the Drew Barrymore cover story, “A Real-Life Fairy Tale” by Ariel Foxman, which originally appears in InStyle’s September 2013 issue.
ARIEL FOXMAN: Olive is a year old now. What types of things are you experiencing with her now?
DREW BARRYMORE: Yesterday I took her to the Guggenheim Museum, and these two little girls were dancing in front of a light installation. They were about 7 years old, and Olive just loves kids. We put her on the floor, and you could see how much she wanted to play with them. I had this weird mix of emotions. I was so proud of my daughter that she was giving of herself, and I began remembering those moments when as a child, you’re like, “I wanna play! I wanna play!” And the other kids are like, “Not now, kid. Beat it!”
AF: “Step aside!”
DB: I was like, “Oh my god, this what being a parent is.” It’s a lot of pride and a lot of nervousness.
AF: Are you an anxious parent?
DB: I love the person who said, “Parenting is like wearing your heart on the outside of your body.” It’s the most beautiful, perfect analogy. I have anxieties about how much I’d like to get it right, making sure I provide her with an environment that’s safe, nurturing, and loving. And silly and free, also consistent and grounding. Then I just have the same typical fear every other parent has: Are they going to fall down?
AF: Is your husband, Will, very calm?
DB: Will and I are a nice balance of opposition and similarities. He always says, “being calm is so important.” Because I tend to be not calm. I probably act more like a chicken with its head cut off! But I can also be very strong. I’m entering my 40s, and now I get to step back and take these incredible, extraordinary life experiences and life lesson and apply them to being a parent.
AF: What are the most important lessons you have learned?
DB: Nothing comes for free. Life does not provide you with an easy ride. You have to face really deep internal and sometimes external challenges. It’s so humbling. Not to take away from the really big obstacles everybody faces, but I’ve also learned you just have realize how ridiculous certain things can be.
To read more of Ariel Foxman’s interview with Drew Barrymore, including her thoughts on being a famous a mom, getting older, and having more children, pick up a copy of InStyle’s September 2013 issue. Available at newsstands and for download purchase Friday, August 16th.
On the cover: Marc Jacobs shirt and skirt, Chanel earrings and bracelet, Bulgari bracelets, Meredith Wendell belt, her own rings. Inside image: Marc Jacobs jersey dress, Verdura bracelet, Vhernier ring.