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One advantageDrew Barrymorehas from living in the heart of the cultural consciousness for the past 35 years is that she hasprimo#TBT material. “When I was 6, my mom dressed me like a little 80-year-old woman,” Barrymore says, holding a stack of inspiration images on the set of herInStylecover shoot. She lands on one from 1983 where she’s in a miniature black evening gown and pearls. “When I first unearthed this photo, I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? That’s my daughter Olive’s body 100 percent!’ ”
But it wasn’t only the trickle-down genetics and era-specificfashionthat resonated. “None of those pictures were taken at home,” she says a few days later, sitting in the den of her Upper East Side apartment in N.Y.C. “Not like people would necessarily have pictures of me at home, but it’s almost like I neverwasat home. I was always out and about. That was the biggest takeaway for me.” She pauses and smiles. “And it’s funny because you’d have to take a crowbar and a spatula and a forklift to get me out of the house now.”
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Barrymore’s apartment is equal measures Drew and her two daughters, Olive (5) and Frankie (3). Sandra Boynton books are stacked on Rizzoli monographs; Dr. Seuss mingles with Joan Didion. It’s cozy and personal—and has a super impressive craft closet. It’s easy to see why the trio who inhabit the space would never want to leave. Tonight the family has just finished decorating two Christmas trees to a holiday playlist of Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey, and Bing Crosby classics.Miracle on 34th Streetis on TV, soundless, in the background.
At 43, Barrymore is still finding room to explore. Outside of acting, which she still loves (her Netflix show,Santa Clarita Diet,returns for a second season this year), and producing (her company, Flower Films, has both TV shows and films in the works), the star also boastsBarrymore Wines by Carmel Road, the cosmetics lineFlowerBeauty, andDear Drew, a clothing collection launched this fall with Amazon Fashion.
For more with Drew Barrymore pick up the March issue of InStyle Australia, available February 15th.