Drew Barrymore believes it’s her karma to work out hard so she’s not ‘the size of a bus.’ The Blended actress opened up about her health journey and why she loves her “little imperfect” self in the August issue of InStyle Magazine.
“Maybe I was thin and mean in a past life”
The 45 year old actress looks great, and feels even better. “I eat really clean and healthy, and I do an hour of Pilates at least four days a week,” the Charlie’s Angels alum said. “I have to work so hard at not being the size of a bus,” Barrymore told the magazine for their August cover, which she shot herself at home. However Drew feels okay about it. “That is just my journey. That is my karma,” she shared. “I don’t know, maybe I was thin and mean in a past life.”
Earlier this year, Drew took to Instagram to show off a 20-pound weight loss for her role on the Netflix series “Santa Clarita Diet.” She also shared a sweet tribute to her personal trainer and good friend, Marnie Alton, who Drew credited for helping transform her body.
But Barrymore doesn’t beat herself up over her body. The actress has previously revealed that she’s never bought into the Hollywood pressure to lose weight. “Never have, never will,” she said in 2019. “I think it’s bulls***.”
Drew on Parenting and ‘feeling overwhelmed’
Aside from continuing her health and fitness journey, Drew has been busy homeschooling her daughters Olive, 7, and Frankie, 6. While also working. She explained how she combats getting overwhelmed while being a “mother, provider, friend and a teacher” to her two young kids. “Between homeschooling and working, I felt very overwhelmed at first, and I hate feeling overwhelmed. It was weird to be a mom and a teacher and a provider and a friend.”
The actress continued, “I felt sad for a while that I was all I could offer my children. Then I realized that I had to get out from under it. I have so much empathy and patience for everyone but myself. It’s sick,” said the actress laughing.
Drew wants to remind all parents who may be feeling the same, that it won’t last forever. “In these times you can just start to feel bad about yourself.” The actress confessed that used to self-doubt and ‘beat myself up’. But she would tell herself, ‘This is temporary,’ and has shared the same philosophy for her kids too.”It’s not normal. It’s the new normal. It’s a learning curve, and, hopefully, this is all happening for a reason. Timing is everything, and this is not a time to get lost, it’s the time to be found.”
Barrymore’s young girls continue to be a light each and every day. “I’m most proud of my two daughters. Nothing in my life’s journey was like, ‘It’s gonna happen for you.’ The actress confessed that having kids wasn’t something she wanted to get wrong, “So I waited a long time.”
“I am a human welcome mat”
Though she’s still working on herself everyday, Drew, who labels herself as a “human welcome mat,” is comfortable in her own skin. “I’m proud to be a little naughty, a little imperfect, a little scared, a little human,” she said. “I still think comedy is such an antidote to the bad things in life. When things are so important and high-stakes, such as this time in the world, you wonder how to find your voice,” Drew continued. “I write and speak as if no one is reading or listening. That doesn’t mean I don’t care what people think. I am a human welcome mat.”
“You can’t be fueled by negativity”
Barrymore also reflected on what she’s learning from the Black Lives Matter movement happening in the U.S. and abroad.
“You can’t be fueled by negativity. That’s why, to me, what’s happening now in the world does not feel negative. It feels overdue,” she said. “People will have different opinions about how to proceed, and based on history, there is nothing everyone in the world will agree on. But it seems like there is a collective consciousness right now. An American and global awakening. And I am a student. I’ll be learning until the end of time.”
“I don’t really know what it means to be a badass”
The 50 First Dates star even spoke on what being a “badass” means to her in honor of the magazine’s issue of the same name. “I don’t really know what it means to be a badass. And I’m OK with that,” she admitted. “We live in an era when people want to be more than one thing. If you apply yourself and work hard, that’s where the badassery comes in,” she said. “I also love to see the word ‘badass’ in a joyful context. Like on this cover with a smile, a peace sign, and a shirt that says, ‘Good news.’ That makes me feel like I’m on the right path.”
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