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By Meirav Devash
We feel like we've known Drew Barrymore our whole lives, as her style evolved from little-girl pigtails and ruffled frocks to grunge-era baddie to boho earth mama. Now, on her daytime talk show, she keeps the ’70s vibes going while cranking up the elegance. “Drew dresses very casually in her personal life,” says her longtime stylist Lee Harris (@_leeharris_ on Instagram). “We started shooting during a pandemic, so I wanted her to look like she dressed up for work.”

To create a uniquely put-together look that’s as eclectic as his muse, Harris looked to vintage references like Annie Hall, ’70s Yves Saint Laurent, earthy tones, and retro patterns. “Menswear influences like wide-leg trousers, vests, and neckties are also a cool hallmark of our look,” he says. “Each morning, I put together between 10 and 12 outfits for Drew to choose from, depending on how she’s feeling or the mood of the day’s show.” Harris let us in on some of his behind-the-scenes secrets:
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A Whittled-Down Wardrobe

Talk show host Drew Barrymore sits in a leather chair while wearing a russet vest and slacks with a flower patterned blouse.

Gabriela Hearst vest and trousers, Celine blouse

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Nearly every outfit is composed of a bow blouse or vest and tie, a miniskirt or wideleg trousers, and boots or platform sandals. “Those are the versatile basics that I’m always looking out for when I’m shopping,” says Harris. “I don’t believe clothes should only be worn once and then never seen again.” He dislikes the concept of fast fashion (“It’s such a bummer in today’s world”) and reworks pieces by breaking up suit sets and mixing and matching with other separates. “We rarely repeat an outfit, but we style pieces in different ways. You can wear them over and over again and never get tired of them,” he says.

Flowy Fabrics

Barrymore stands on stage with RuPaul in black and white patterned clothing.

Drew Barrymore and RuPaul at the Paramount Theater

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On the show, Barrymore isn’t modeling in a single pose—she’s sitting, standing, walking, and interacting with guests. The bane of Harris’ existence is wrinkles. “We try to stick to natural fibers, which sounds boring but it works,” he says. “Even silk, linen, and cotton pants become a wrinkled mess after sitting.” He prefers wool and wool blends, which stay crisp on camera. His tip for finding the right fabric: Scrunch it up in your fist. If it doesn’t bounce right back, it’s not for you.

MacGyver Vibes

Densely packed racks of tops in the styling room of The Drew Barrymore Show set.

The styling room at The Drew Barrymore Show

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At one point during the pandemic, Barrymore, like many of us, couldn’t zip up her pants. “Luckily, our tailor gave her a little more room by attaching a makeshift bra strap extender to the back zipper of her culottes,” says Harris, a solution Barrymore found equally genius and ridiculous. “I guess I’ve been eating my stress a little bit lately,” she said, showing it off in an Instagram post that became one of the show’s most relatable—and most-viewed—videos.

Perfect Proportions

Barrymore stands with hands clasped while wearing platform shoes and a beige vest and pants with a navy blue tie.

Gucci vest and trousers, Celine blouse, Ralph Lauren navy tie, Saint Laurent platform shoes

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“Drew is very fastidious about tailoring,” says Harris. “Ninety-nine percent of what she wears on the show has been altered in one way or another.” Tailor Matthew Kilgore takes in voluminous shirt sleeves or shortens them to three-quarter length, which lightens the look and lets her flash a bit of skin. Kilgore sews custom pieces—hemming trousers into culottes and using the excess fabric to make matching vests. They even have a dress form padded to Barrymore’s measurements so she doesn’t have to come in for fittings.

Finishing Touches

Barrymore smiles as she poses in a patterned blouse and skirt.

Marc Jacobs blouse, Alexandre Vauthier skirt

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“A secretary bow does the work of a necklace without interfering with her wireless microphones. She wears [the bows] tied in a bow, a knot, or just leaves them loose. Drew doesn’t wear many bracelets, but she has a watch collection that’s a little bit masculine. They’re mostly oversize diving watches that she wears layered over her shirt cuffs. And of course, she loves flowers. Flower Beauty is the name of her cosmetics company, and faux blooms are an easy way to add a little flourish to simple outfits. We get them—with pins attached—from M&S Schmalberg, one of the last New York–made custom silk flower companies.”

These Boots Were Made For Talking

Barrymore backstage wearing a signature pair of Jimmy Choo boots surrounded by a variety of different colored versions.

Jimmy Choo boots

Photo credit: Lee Harris

The pièce de résistance of Barrymore’s retro aesthetic is a favorite pair of boots she’s held on to since 2016—suede Jimmy Choo platforms with a narrow ankle and skinny heels. The designer remade them for her in so many colors, she’s never without the right pair. What makes them so great?

  • They reinforce the ’70s theme.
  • They’re the perfect length to wear with below-the-knee skirts and culottes. (“It’s a big pet peeve of mine when knees poke out in between,” he says.)
  • They boost your height. Drew, who at 5’4” once told a reporter she had “legs like a corgi,” loves the lengthening effect.

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By David Hochman

There's no school for talk show hosts, but Drew Barrymore has been studying for the job since childhood. Promoting her first big movie role, in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial at age 7, the precocious newcomer popped out her fake front teeth (kid- size dentures put in place by her handlers while her baby teeth grew in) and plunked them onto Johnny Carson's desk. ("Now, don't forget that when you leave," The Tonight Show host said, unable to contain his laughter.) At 15, after years of personal struggle and a widely publicized stint in rehab, Barrymore confessed on Oprah that she had grown up too fast. Then there was that time in 1995 when Barrymore climbed atop David Letterman's Late Show desk and flashed him on air for his birthday. "It's almost like I was a different person," she says now of that classic TV moment, "but I still think it's completely hilarious."

Blouse by Marc Jacobs. Skirt by Alexandre Vauthier. Bracelet by Hippie Cowgirl Couture.

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In short, Barrymore, 45, whose great-grandparents and grandparents (including the renowned John Barrymore) were actors, was born for the hosting chair, although she is not doing much sitting lately. Since the debut last September of The Drew Barrymore Show , her new syndicated daytime talk program, the Hollywood royal, entrepreneur, and single mom (Frankie, 6, and Olive, 8, are her daughters with ex-husband Will Kopelman) has been "moving pretty much nonstop, even after the whole world stopped moving ," she says.

Launching a show like hers during a pandemic means being able to "roll with each new crazy adventure as it comes along , and then roll again," she says. Instead of gathering with her staff in conference rooms, the team meets regularly in Brady Bunch–style Zoom calls. Without an in-person crowd for her live program, Barrymore chitchats with VFFs (short for Virtual Friends and Family—her grinning and waving livestreamed audience) projected behind her at CBS Broadcast Center in New York. The most ingenious workaround comes by way of stunning green- screen effects that make Barrymore's celebrity guests appear as if they're sitting with her on set—even if those guests happen to be in Los Angeles. "I'm so proud of what we've been able to do with technology," Barrymore says. "It's like social distancing meets Star Trek."

A 7-year-old Barrymore behind the scenes of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

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Until there's a cure, Barrymore hopes her program can serve as "feel-good medicine during these messy and difficult times." That starts with visits from high-profile pals, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Tyra Banks, Adam Sandler, and Barrymore's Charlie's Angels co- stars Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz. The show also features trademark segments like "Drew's News," a daily dose of inspiring human-interest stories from around the world.

But it's Barrymore's energy, honesty, and sense of hope that are the main draw. "I'm focusing on the things we're all struggling to find these days," she says, and she's not talking about sanitizing wipes. "This show is about little moments of joy, huge moments of laughter, and an almost forgotten sense of thoughtful optimism. We're desperate for optimism right now. I know I am. Tapping into that feeling isn't easy, but if you can get there, it's more rewarding than ever."

Originally published in Watch Magazine, November-December 2020.

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"This show is about little moments of joy, huge moments of laughter, and an almost forgotten sense of thoughtful optimism. We're desperate for optimism right now. I know I am." -- DREW BARRYMORE

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You've been an actor, a director, a producer, an author, a designer, an entrepreneur, even a winemaker. What made you want to host a talk show?

I can't think of a better way to link all my eclectic passions—and I have a ton of them—into one thing. As a talk show host, your job, in a way, is to have a limited attention span. You do best if you can bounce from subject to subject. I'm interested in a wide variety of topics and genres and tones and worlds, and I get to explore all those curiosities. I can help people design a kitchen, because I love interior design. But I can also have an incredible singer like SZA or a personal hero like David Sedaris come on, followed by a fun food segment, and then show cute pictures of puppies. Because you can't show enough cute pictures of puppies.

You look like you're having a blast.

I love what we're doing , partly because we don't get into politics and we don't bring people down. There are so many other opportunities out there for people to point fingers and yell at each other. I'm not saying we should be blind to what's going on in the news. I'm definitely not blind to it. But it's nice to have a place on TV that's on the sunnier side.

Drew Barrymore and tele-guest Reese Witherspoon

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Does it feel more exposed to be out there as Drew Barrymore rather than playing a role?

I did worry about that at first because there's definitely no fakery and no veil. It's all you. But I'm happy in the role of me. I've lived this big , bloated life, but I'm also a very heads-down person. This might surprise you, but I'm not in the Hollywood scene. I'm not out there in the parties and the fabulousness. I live a quiet life with my old friends and my kids. That's my deal. I also never make the assumption that people are paying attention to me. That's kept my head on my shoulders all these years. So I act as if nobody's watching and that lets me stay true to who I am.

Beyond a lifetime of guest appearances on other people's talk shows, how did you get up to speed?

Oh, we had a million conversations behind the scenes about what the set should look like, what the vibe should be, what to do live versus what to polish as a taped segment—and I really love that combination of live and tape, by the way. Probably my best training ground was Saturday Night Live. I've been hosting since 1982, and I've seen how much fun it is to produce intelligent comedy on the fly. If you mess up, if you do something silly, if something totally fails, you lean into it. I never want to be a perfect automaton. I'm so imperfect myself. Accidents and goofy mistakes—they're truer to life and more respectful to the audience. I don't do veneer. So, yes, we made a plan, but mostly we just jumped in.

Drew Barrymore on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2019).

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And then coronavirus happened.

Yep, and we had to adjust everything. That caused major amounts of anxiety. There were tears. But it felt completely human. I feel with this turn of events that it's a privilege to be doing this show. We're literally here for you if you're at home—and almost everybody's at home. Comedy is a source of subconscious survivalism, and being able to laugh, and make others laugh, it's healing for us all. I talk about that a lot with Stephen Colbert.

Who else gives you advice?

I've spent some amazing time with Gayle King recently. She's a burgeoning friend and mentor and we work in the same building. She's so incredible in her body of work and knowledge of the television space. She's rocking daytime and evening specials, she's brilliant with pacing , so I just soak up what she has to say. She also helps me with bigger-picture stuff.

Drew Barrymore's wild night with David Letterman (1995).

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Like what?

She's a parenting mentor for me. She's all about leading by example. She recently told Oprah this story about taking her son to college in the heat of summertime and stopping to give a traffic cop a bottle of water. In a tiny moment like that, you're teaching your kid what kind of person to be. I also love the fact that she chooses kids and family over work a lot of the time, and I've done the same thing. Seeing her make those choices makes me feel like I have my priorities in the right place.

What would you say you're learning from your daughters?

How to stay calmer, how to be present, how unbelievably big your heart can grow. I didn't have a great blueprint of traditional parenting. I would be a jackass and hang out with jack-asses, but those jackasses weren't who I imprinted on. I can't believe how my daughters convince me on a daily basis that I'm OK as I am and that liking myself is the best reward.

Young Barrymore shows host Johnny Carson her missing choppers (1982).

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After being on all day at work, how do you shut things down and relax?

That's tricky sometimes. There are definitely some nights and weekends when we have to button up business. But the mom-to-work balance is going OK. I run home at the end of every day. Any free time I have is with the kids. Unfortunately, that means other things come off the table, like spending time with friends and get-ting alone time. But I'm happier cutting those things out. My only regular appointment with myself is working out. I get up every morning at 4:30 and run through different exercises with Katrina, my godsend of a trainer. I'm never going to be bikini-ready, but it feels so much better to do something healthy for your body, and it is the absolute key to my parental sanity.

I heard you say recently you'll never marry again. What if destiny comes walking through the door?

Nope. Never. Not a chance. I mean, I certainly am open to being swept off my feet and becoming the ultimate romantic. I'm happy to eat my words that way. But I will never get married again, I promise.

Getting back to the show, who would be your ultimate guests?

Well, I would have liked to have had my grandfather on [actor and early tabloid target John Barrymore]. I'd want to know, Why are our genetics so powerful? Why do I feel the pull of the court jester and the hedonist and not want to walk the straight line? I love what my family put out in the world, but I'm determined to get it more right in my lifetime than some of them were able to.

But if we're talking ultimate fantasies, oh, my God! Tom Cruise! I'd just want him to ride a motorcycle onto the CBS Broadcast Center roof and then drop down into the studio as his Tom Cruise rad self. A girl's gotta have dreams, right?

Drew Barrymore with daughters Olive and Frankie.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Keenan/Getty Images.

DREW'S HOLIDAY TIP

For me, anything goes on the holidays. We do a big Thanksgiving, but Christmas is whatever we feel like doing, even if it's just a few people. To be perfectly honest, I was never big on the holidays. I used to be by myself at Christmas. You'd find me reading, like, Rainer Maria Rilke poetry. Having my own family around at the holidays is new for me, so I've had to let go of the Grinch.

I'm still a bit of a Grinch, but now my heart is too big, so I do whatever I can just to enjoy the people around me and take in that love.

DREW'S GREATEST HITS

From starring in iconic films to delivering a Golden Globe–winning performance, Barrymore has done it all.

E.T. the Extra- Terrestrial,1982

A young Drew Barrymore in a scene from E.T.

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"The ultimate power of storytelling in a suburban setting. You can go to space and talk about time travel, but to make it relatable, you need kids riding bikes and backyards and the human experience. It's almost like a home movie, it's such a part of my childhood."

The Wedding Singer,1998

Drew Barrymore and adam sandler on the set of the Wedding Singer.

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"A romantic comedy when romantic comedies ruled the box office. It sent me on a trajectory of romantic movies that became a big part of my life for the next 10 years. It's not a genre that really works the same way now. We're in a time where you have to be a giant franchise, a tent pole. I'm so glad I got to make these movies at a time when people wanted to see them on dates on Saturday night."

Charlie's Angels, 2000

Drew Barrymore with Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz in scuba outfits.

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"I wanted to be able to see girls do what boys do without having to bend themselves. We got to be silly and serious without having to compartmentalize. The cliché is that women can't get along on a movie like that. But the support we've given each other has lasted for over 20 years, and these powerful female friendships have been some of the most formative experiences I've had."

Grey Gardens, 2009

Drew Barrymore wears a headscarf as a odd shut-in in Grey Gardens.

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"Doing this TV movie scared the crap out of me. It was so different and so challenging that I basically immersed myself like a crazy monk to do my homework and get it right. I didn't speak to anyone for months. I was all about creativity and nailing it. Once I buttoned it up, I felt like I was flying free."

Santa Clarita Diet, 2017

Drew Barrymore sits on a bed chained up in a basement.

Photo Credit: Netflix/Courtesy Everett Collection.

"My kids were very young and, going into it, I worried I'd maybe lost some of my skill set. But it was such an amazing project; it kindled a fire I'd forgotten I had. It was the most electric, delicious, juicy, funny, weird comedy character I've ever played, and I ate it up, almost literally."

Originally published in Watch Magazine, November-December 2020.

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By Nate Millado

You loved her as a child actress in E.T., as one of Charlie's kick-ass Angels, and as a rom-com queen in Never Been Kissed and The Wedding Singer. Now Drew Barrymore is tackling a new role: talk show host. "This is not a character," she told Entertainment Tonight. "This is the first job I had where I really get to be utterly myself."

Here's everything you need to know about the bubbly star's new talker before The Drew Barrymore Show premieres this Monday, Sept. 14!

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Drew Interviews Herself

"It is beyond my wildest dreams to have this opportunity for a daily talk show," Drew Barrymore said in a statement to CNN when her show was first announced. In this adorable promo for The Drew Barrymore Show, Barrymore interviews her 7-year-old self (the old footage is actually from her 1982 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson). "We're gonna spend an hour every day celebrating life!" present-day Barrymore tells childhood Barrymore about her, er, their new daytime show. Fun fact: Her own daughters, Frankie and Olive, were stand-ins for this shoot!

It's A Live (Show)

The Drew Barrymore Show will air live (no pressure, Drew!) The host/producer said she fought really hard for this format: "I don't know how to do this show not live." In her The Art of the Interview digital series on YouTube, Barrymore sought the advice of Andy Cohen and CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King on how to execute a show with no safety net. "Whatever happens happens," said King. "And even when all goes to hell in a handbasket, you can send it to commercial break."

Oprah's BFF also said the beauty of live is that you can be topical. "You can react in real time to what's happening." Cohen loves the "spontaneity" of doing a live show, but advised Barrymore to condense for the sake of time: "You're a glorious rushing river of words," he said. "Make it a trickle."

What To Expect

Drew Barrymore sitting at a yellow news desk

The Drew Barrymore Show features a fun segment called "Drew's News."

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Nothing is off limits—including Barrymore's new status as a single mama of two. When talking to her Boys on the Side co-star Whoopi Goldberg on The Art of the Interview, the fellow talk show host advised Barrymore to "be a good listener...but have as good of a time as you can." So expect some fun segments, such as "Drew's News"—her take on current events and pop culture—beauty secrets, and SNL-style sketches. (Another fun fact: Barrymore hosted SNL when she was only 7 years old!)

Don't Miss The Making-Ofs

"What happens behind the scenes I think is sometimes even more important than what you see out front," explains the newly minted host, as she takes viewers through the The Drew Barrymore Show's yearlong conception-to-creation process and gives us a peek of her Working Girl–style office. Plus: Learn how a young Barrymore and her mom bonded over McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwiches.

Who'll Be On Drew?

Drew Barrymore sitting in a chair in front of a bookcase

Expect a lot of star power on The Drew Barrymore Show.

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No one has a more famous Rolodex than Drew, so expect plenty of her high-wattage friends to stop by! Check out the star-studded slate of first-week guests:

Monday, Sept. 14: It's a Charlie's Angels reunion with independent women Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu. And speaking of big-screen reunions…Barrymore also also reunites with longtime friend and multi-film co-star Adam Sandler (The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates, Blended). Plus, the host surprises a family of essential workers in one of the show's soon-to-be-signature segments "Designed by Drew."

Drew Barrymore standing in front of a yellow door

Drew Barrymore strives to elevate, inspire, and entertain in every area one her new talk show.

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Tuesday, Sept. 15: Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress/producer/entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon drops by. Actor/comedian Billy Eichner will play a rousing round of "Would Drew Barrymore Like That?"—a skit from his Emmy-nominated show Billy on the Street. Plus, meet Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James, who penned the upbeat but powerful new picture book I Am Every Good Thing.

Wednesday, Sept. 16: Two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda discusses What Can I Do? My Path from Climate Despair to Action, her just-released book on climate change. Barrymore and actress Gabrielle Union surprise a struggling small business owner who is changing the lives of others one wig at a time. Plus: Get ready for a quarantine fashion show with designer Christian Siriano (you know it will be fierce!).

Thursday, Sept. 17: Academy Award–winning actress Charlize Theron makes an appearance. New Dancing With the Stars host—and former America's Next Top Model magnate—Tyra Banks teaches Barrymore the art of "smizing." Plus, Barrymore continues the #ShareTheMicNow campaign in the recurring segment "Share The Mic With Luvvie," where movement co-founder Luvvie Ajayi Jones shines a light on amazing Black women.

Friday, Sept. 18: Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award–winning actor Billy Porter—who's up for another Emmy on Sept. 20 for his starring role on Pose—sings a beautiful rendition of a classic tune. Meet the mom behind the back-to-school snapshot that captured the country's collective heart—an image of her son overwhelmed on his first day of virtual kindergarten—and see the surprise Barrymore has for her family. Plus, a curated list of our host's favorite picks in "The Weekender."

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