Drew Barrymore is a pro who knows how to brush herself off and get back in the game. The actress-turned-entrepreneur was in Palm Beach last week at The Breakers as the keynote speaker for the WWD Beauty CEO Summit. The 41-year-old founded Flower Beauty in 2013 and has a lot to say on the topic of all things makeup. Even though the mother of two recently announced her split with art dealer Will Kopelman, you’d never know she was in any way hurting.
Barrymore took the opportunity to spend some quality time with her soon-to-be-ex-mother-in-law Coco Kopelman and sister in law Jill Kargman in the Sunshine State, as per her Instagram account, drinking what look to be Bloody Marys and champagne. Hashtag: #greatmoms
Nice to know they’re all on good terms.
Another post, a fresh-faced selfie on the beach: “Oh my goodness, I woke up in Florida! #helloocean #hellosunshine #hellotuesday #wwdbeautyceosummit,” read the caption.
But appearances can be deceiving. A few days later, she appeared on Chelsea Handler’s new Netflix show, Chelsea, and did admit that the split has been tougher than it looks. “I put in my statement about divorce the word ‘failure’ because it’s so honest,” said the Charlie’s Angels star. “When you get divorced, you’re like, ‘I’m the biggest failure. This is the biggest failure.’ It’s so shameful and hard to actually go through that, even privately.”
At the conference, Barrymore didn’t get into her personal life, but she doled out some interesting tidbits on her career, which includes narrating NBC’s upcoming Ellen DeGeneres-produced dating show First Dates. So there’s hope on the horizon for Drew … Maybe?
On growing up around makeup: “I got put in a makeup chair when I was 6 years old. They used to pat me with blush and make me feel like I was involved and empower me, but I would look at the women next to me with their curlers and eyelash crimpers and I was like, ‘One day, I want to be like them.’ And that moment is like being let into the backstage of a bunch of bitchy ballerinas and thinking, ‘One day, I want to be like them!’ But I didn’t have that body type, so I had to go with the beauty people … and I love it!”
On branching out in her showbiz career: “When I was 19, I didn’t just want to be an actress, I wanted to be a producer, I wanted to have ownership. I didn’t have parents growing up, so I loved the idea of being a producer because it taught you the rules of functionality. And for me, it was a form of self-parenting, it was learning the art of business. But I come from the art of emotionality — I am a girl. We are emotional, as if you men didn’t know that. That’s what makes us women compassionate and empathetic. And seemingly crazy, but there is so much upside to the way women function, and I would not want to be anything else in the world.”
On running her own company: “I just love it, and I love this world, and I love being behind the curtain of it. The best thing about being behind the curtain of the beauty world is for women to go out there into the world feeling their damn best about themselves. And if we can have anything to do with that, then we have done our jobs.”