Drew Barrymore is one of our all-time favorite celebrities — she’s personable, fun, takes a great selfie and is always down to try something new. Which is why she was the perfect choice to test out InStyle‘s first-ever virtual reality cover experience. But inside, she was the same old Drew: Candid, charming and totally relatable on things including body image and what you really don’t want to know about your parents.
First and most important to Barrymore is to know thyself, and to then have a sense of humor about thyself. “I am who I am and I just don’t have a bikini body,” she says. “I don’t even have a one-piece body anymore! But I am loving the long rash guard, board-shorts look.”
Though it’s not always easy to be so laid-back about it. “I’ve beaten myself up about not being a certain thing. If someone says, ‘Let’s go to the beach today,’ my first thought is, ‘F––, what am I going to wear?’ I remember when Amy Schumer was on Ellen, she called her midsection a ‘lava lamp.’ I thought, That was perfect! That’s what I’ve been trying to say. But then I saw her in Trainwreck, and she looked so good in a tiny bra and short skirt. I was like, ‘No, you don’t have a lava lamp.’”
She is more focused these days on passing on what she’s learned from her rollercoaster childhood. “I’m not going to pretend to my daughters that I’m pure as the driven snow… The best I can do is open up my heart to them. That’s soul-baring enough,” she explains. “Making bad decisions doesn’t make you a bad person. It is how you learn to make better choices.”
And one better choice she intends to make? Not embarrassing her kids with her new book of personal essays, Wildflower, which she calls “a love letter” to her daughters. “My own mother, Jaid, wrote a book on sex, and it was the most mortifying feeling in the world,” she says. “So I know how a child feels when their parents put themselves out there too much, and I will never do that to my daughters. There are some things about your parents you just don’t need to know.”
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