Drew's the Boss

Drew Barrymore runs a whole lot more than a stellar career in Hollywood. She's at the helm of a burgeoning beauty empire, a production company, a wine business, and a bestselling memoir. Welcome to her next act.

Drew and I both like to say we won the sister-in-law jackpot. From the night my brother, Willie Kopelman, introduced us at a quiet dinner in Santa Monica, California, in 2011, we were add-water-N-stir insta-pals. Our wine-fueled cackles have taken us late into the night, and we've made breakfast for our kids with eye bags at 6 a.m. And at any time in between hours of coffee and cocktails, she is a pure joy—no prima-donna horsesh*t, no entourages, no vanity. 

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With last fall's memoir, Wildflower, Barrymore has cemented herself as not just an award-winning actress, but also an accomplished writer. Not to mention entrepreneur: Her production company, Flower Films, has made more than $1 billion at the box office and released the recent How to Be Single; her makeup and eyewear line, Flower, is launching an e-commerce site this year and may expand abroad; and sommeliers across the country have added Barrymore Wines to their lists. We plopped on her bedroom carpet while our kids watched The Little Mermaid downstairs, and got to it. 

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Here, a few highlights from her interview, in our April issue on newsstands March 22:

On fame and celebrity friendship: "I've never felt comfortable with this, sort of, camaraderie of famous people.  I've known Poo Poo [Cameron Diaz] since I was 14 years old. We just happened to know each other before her career started, and I was working in a coffeehouse trying to refigure out my life. So in a weird way, it doesn't even count with us."

On making an effort: "I went to parent's night, and I wore some lipstick and concealer, and I thought the people at school looked at me kind of differently.  I normally come with acne, and Ugg boots, and I thought they were like, 'Oh that's nice, she made a little bit of an effort.'"

On trying to do it all: "I really had to tell myself, You can do everything, but you will have to do them at different moments. And you can do a lot in the same moment, but you can't do everything in the same moment.  It was a good lesson that you will just have to prioritize and put some things over here for a little while."

On being self-taught: "It was prompted a little bit by a fear of I don't want to end up being 25 and not having ever educated myself in any way."

On self-promotion: "I try really hard to keep my Instagram personal and sweet, and use it in a way to engage with people so that I can talk about work stuff, but [self promotion] is so not who I am."

Read the full interview and see more pics in the April issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands March 22. And for a little behind-the-scenes action to hold you over, see Barrymore at her cover shoot here:

Featured music: YesYou — "Through Your Eyes" (ft. La Mar); courtesy of Audiopaxx

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