How Drew Barrymore's childhood inspired her magazine, 'Drew'

The busy actress, talk-show host and mother of two shares how she found time to launch hew new magazine and what made her decide to pursue that avenue of publication on "The View."
8:27 | 06/21/21

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Drew barrymore was born in the spotlight and spent her life putting her own unique on everything she does, whether she's acting or producing, or hosting her own talk show. Here to tell us what's next, please welcome one of my favorite people on the planet, drew barrymore, and drew, joy has the first question. Hi, guys. Hi, drew. We love you. We love you, drew. I love you too. I love you guys so much. Thank you. Okay. So we have a delay. So we're being careful with talking back and forth here. You have had quite a year, my dear. You launched and completed the first season, yay, of your talk show, not easy to do. You got an Emmy nomination and picked up for a second season. That would be a lot for normal times, but you did it during a global pandemic. Amazing. Have you learned anything about yourself in this past year that you didn't know before? I think we probably all can say we were -- we are capable of things we didn't think we were, and I'm always looking for the things that connect us although I really respect the fact that we do have so many differences, and to just be real about that and not live in a fantasy that we're all going to be best friends and agree on everything. We're not. So what I love is, is what do we have in common? And I didn't want a global pandemic to be the thing that would bring us all together, but it did, and it can, and it certainly proved to us that we could do things that we probably never dreamed we could do, and I'm so happy and in awe of everybody, honestly, for what they have been able to dredge up within themselves, whether it be, you know, because of their work and their family, and just - how everybody's been living, and I have so much privilege that I will never dare complain, but being a human being during this time was -- was challenging, and to maintain my kids' sanity was first and foremost. Then there was the show, and it was the greatest opportunity, and I just didn't want to screw it up for anything, and, you know, we knew the rug could get ripped out or the cord and plug could get pulled at any moment. So working, always not knowing if it's really going to happen was a very interesting place in which to work, and then it proved to me you just have to work really hard and never focus on the outcomes, like, you can have a board vision. You can have goals, and you should. You should have a plan, but you have to let go of knowing that everything's going to work out, and you have to work knowing you don't know what's going to happen, and that's a lesson in zen, and then I'm just -- it was weird. You guys know. Let's do a talk show, no audience. People didn't want to come out and talk. They're scared. There's too many things going on. There are land mines to conversation, and yet we needed to be having them, and so it was -- it was hard the to know when we could laugh. It was hard to work in a zoom environment. It was hard to work with not a lot of guests, no audience, and I'm glad we were able to find our way through what that was within a year's time, and yes, I learned a lot. Well, drew, I personally loved one of the things that helped me through the pandemic was your interview with your ex-husband because I'm a child of the '90s and I really liked the way you were talking to one another. It was a really beautiful moment, and you've changed things up in your life and career many times over the years. How do you continue to reinvent yourself while staying true to who you are, and how does being a mom of two daughters factor into that? Put the kids first at every juncture. Geographically, professionally, emotionally, because it never feels like enough, and you're always living in guilt city, but we all know when we're checked out and we're not really there and the guilt is real. So I do everything I can to avoid that because I'm already going to have it anyway, and you're only as happy as your least happy child. It's all so true, and it is all so tender and tumultuous and everything in between. So I know if I put them first, like, everything else will fall into place around it. There was a time launching the show, I feel like for the first six months, I tried to kind of put that first just to, you know, get that going, the pandemic when we were on lockdown, I was launching the show and taking care of them and doing homeschool. So it's been -- it's been like trying to dance like Fred and ginger, but all by yourself, and I -- I think -- and I have a terrible inner voice. My inner monsters are rampant and real. As happy as you would think I am, happiness is not always easy. It's not always available. It's not always on tap. It's really a hard-fought battle that the rewards are so worth it, and to choose happiness is not an easy choice all the time. So I try as hard as I can to just do the best I can, but it's never enough. No. My standards are impossible. There are many residents in guilt city, drew. I would like to introduce you to one as well, so -- but I possible you've somehow found extra hours in the day because on top of your show, running your production company and your beauty line, again, as you mentioned, putting your kids first, you're now launching a new magazine called "Drew" with just the happiest cover. What made you decide to do this? Tell us everything. So I actually gave you guys some pictures. You're welcome to use them or not of me as a kid. I did use my -- there you go. There are -- my wallpaper was tear sheets from magazines, and I'm self-educated. So when I got emancipated and moved out on my own when I was 14, they said, you don't have to go to school anymore and I didn't really go the school. It was three hours a day, and people are kind of paying attention and not paying attention. I was scared. I was really scared. I did not want to be unintelligent and incapable, and I was terrified. So I hit the books, and I carried my dictionary and a classic novel everywhere I went. I was reading the articles, learning about photography, seeing travel, seeing food, seeing the world. Magazines and books were such a part of my education, and then travel. Seeing the world is the most expansive thing that we can do. So the combination of those three things is so much of my education and intelligence and the way my brain works, and magazines and broadcast television have played some of th most intricate roles of my life. I had the it have on 24/7. I was, like, if the emergency broadcast comes on, I'll know things are going down, and if it's not happening, I'll know things are okay, and that energy became, like, my safety, and the casts and characters of shows became, like, my roommates, and then us back in the day would get the color tests and I would

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