Drew Barrymore Talks Designing Her Clothing Line, Growing Up in Hollywood

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The actress appears on the cover of InStyle's February issue.

Following the launch of her Dear Drew lifestyle label with Amazon Fashion in October, Drew Barrymore is opening up about her decision to expand her growing empire.

"I kept feeling this burning desire to build an apparel brand for women by women, to explore something romantic," the actress says in the February issue of InStyle in which she also appears on the cover. "I took it back to my love of tailoring and having been in a costume house my whole life." Indeed, Barrymore has been acting and playing dress-up ever since she was a kid, first stealing the show as Gertie in Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

"When I was making movies, I just didn't want to tell a depressing story; I wanted to tell one about some type of self-improvement. I thought, 'There's enough shit in life. I want optimism and joy.' At the same time, I don't like magic-wand happy endings — and now I don't like magic-wand makeup or magic-wand clothes," says Barrymore, who adds that she grew up thinking "everything lived and died in a professional atmosphere, because, back then, it was really all I had."

While Barrymore still has many projects on her plate, including the Netflix zombie comedy Santa Clarita Diet (which returns for a second season in 2018) and her Flower Beauty brand, the 42-year-old star's main focus these days is her two daughters, Olive and Frankie, with ex-husband Will Kopelman.

"My daughters are so fulfilling that I feel like my cup is just avalanching over," she says. "I don't think I would have ever known that I could be this content, this whole, without being in a romantic relationship. That would have been a surprise to my younger self."