Drew Barrymore is at a crossroads.
No, not metaphorically; From acting to directing to talk show host, the actress has never been more confident in her life and career. But literally speaking, it’s kind of stuck.
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On a Tuesday evening in April, Variation Power of Women came to a photography studio in Chelsea and only found a broken elevator. This poses a problem because Barrymore hurt his ankle, making climbing five flights of stairs more dangerous than it should have been.
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Surrounding the actor, the advertiser and assistants discuss what to do: Reschedule the shoot? Carry it up? Nevermind. Barrymore takes matters into his own hands, choosing to climb the ladder alone – but a member of his team helps him up the last rung.
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Ever since she launched the daytime talk show “The Drew Barrymore Show” in the midst of a pandemic, she’s become a pro at getting on-the-fly. As the show prepares for Season 3, Barrymore does not want to be indifferent. After all, history has shown that not every star is destined to succeed on daytime television. Kris Jenner, Anderson Cooper, and Katie Couric are among the bold names who tried and failed to host their own gabfest. One of the things that sets Barrymore apart is that he understands that teens are more likely to watch episodes of his show on TikTok than on TV.
“Broadcast television is not the way an entire generation absorbs their content,” says Barrymore. “We try not to be naive.”
For the better part of the last four decades, Barrymore has sat on the couch for the evolution of form as a regular on the talk show circuit. He appeared on “The Tonight Show” to promote “ET” with Johnny Carson at the age of 7, and shone David Letterman infamously on “The Late Show” in his 20s. Now that he’s in possession of the microphone, he has a new appreciation for what it takes to run the show.
“I learned to be a better listener. In the beginning, I talked too much to people I was ashamed of,” she says. “There’s an art to determining how to navigate a conversation and when to stop talking.”
Despite being famous throughout his life, Barrymore continues to be popular. In a recent episode, pop icon gushed about Britney Spears after she posted a picture of Barrymore and Kate Hudson, calling them “the two most beautiful people I’ve ever seen in my life”.
Barrymore hasn’t asked Spears to appear on “The Drew Barrymore Show,” but she hopes to eventually have a “candid” interview with the singer, who has just recovered from her conservatism. Barrymore’s own turbulent upbringing included cues in rehab in his youth and his legal emancipation from his parents.
“We can have a unique conversation,” he says. “There aren’t a ton of people out there who have blatantly lost our freedom, who collapsed in front of everyone, became highlights, and fought their way back.”
He also uses his fame to do good. Celebrity chef José Andrés is working to promote World Central Kitchen, which provides meals to people affected by natural disasters. “I really love when José Andrés said, ‘We have to help people today, not tomorrow,’” she says.
Barrymore doesn’t pretend to have it all and is comfortable being an “open book” on his show. “Am I going to go out there and be radically different from myself? It would be to mislead my kids – to be this perfect, polished person with no past… who never thinks of a date and doesn’t want to talk about love,” she says.
A sweet starring star from the movies “Never Been Kissed,” “50 First Dates,” and “Music and Lyrics,” Barrymore is very knowledgeable about Hollywood’s version of happily ever after. That’s why she was so happy to see the genre resurrect on the big screen with Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum’s “The Lost City.”
“There’s something timeless about romantic comedies,” she says. “There will always be room for that because it is aspirational.”
Don’t expect to see Barrymore starring in new movies. As her daytime career began, she took a step back from acting to focus on raising her two daughters. He says that when they grow up, he’ll be interested in returning to directing for film or television.
“I don’t want to be anyone else right now,” Barrymore says. “I untie my own stuff.”
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