Drew Barrymore: Trying to Be Hot in Hollywood Is ‘Exhausting’

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Drew Barrymore says trying to be hot in Hollywood is “exhausting” — and she doesn’t mean physically attractive. The actress and mom of two, who has been dipping her hat in other areas of work as of late, told Harper’s Bazaar that it’s impossible to be at the top all the time. 

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“Hot,” Barrymore explained, “is a state of mind. It’s an energy. You’re hot when you’re motivated … hot isn’t about being on the A-list or having a hot body. It’s literally people who are on fire.”

For example, the Charlie’s Angels actress explained that celebs such as Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer and Louis C.K. are currently hot.

As for herself? “I don’t think I’m hot right now necessarily, because I have all my irons in a bunch of different fires,” the 40-year-old E.T. star told the mag. “I’m writing. I’m doing makeup. I’m doing design. I’m expanding [my company] Flower into different categories. I think it’s a huge mistake to think you have to burn bright for your whole life. You cannot sustain it. It’s exhausting, and it’s not very realistic.”

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Barrymore’s own heat map has “been at different intervals,” she explained. “E.T. was a really exciting time; when I was doing The Wedding Singer and starting Flower Films; making Never Been Kissed and Charlie’s Angels; when I directed Whip It and did Grey Gardens in the same year. Those were times when I really pushed myself and I didn’t care about my sleep, my health. I didn’t have relationships or children that would be a priority over my work.”

Nowadays, Barrymore, who is married to actor Will Kopelman, has two different kinds of days. She’s either being the mom of daughters Olive, 3, and Frankie, 21 months, or being a businesswoman. 

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“One [day] is … wake up, breakfast, activities, naps, activities, bath and bed. Same as every parent — trying to make life fun for them, exhaust them, love them, feed them, be affectionate, be silly and just be present. And drink a lot of caffeine,” the star explained. “Another day could be in a lab or on a plane for a two-day jaunt on a business trip. … My days are rarely mixed together. I probably subconsciously do that so I can maximize my time with my kids.”

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