Drew Barrymore is known around the world for her decades of acting, but these days she has other things that keep her busy, including her popular talk show, makeup and home decor lines. and being a parent during the pandemic.
On Friday, she chatted with Sydney Sadick for the TMRW x TODAY Q&A series on everything from how she stays sane while being locked up with the kids at home to advice she would give to her young self and much more.
Here are some fun things we learned.
1. She has a special bond with Justin Bieber
The pop singer entered the chat on Friday to say “I LOVE YOU DREW” to Barrymore, who then revealed that she and Bieber used to meet on Instagram Live.
“It’s like a weird place where Justin and I tend to meet every now and then,” she says.
They also share a bond for another reason: Bieber’s fashion brand is called Drew.
“We share that connection with the name Drew,” she said. “I love what he did with this brand so much. It’s not easy to score. It is not easy to start a business. And I think he succeeded. It’s iconic, it’s very identifiable very quickly, it’s bold, it’s upbeat, it’s cool and hip, and I applaud it. “
2. She was in a Rice Krispies commercial when she was 5 years old
Barrymore spoke to TMRW on behalf of her partnership with Kellogg’s and mentioned that she was actually in a Rice Krispies commercial when she was 5 years old. But, as many know, the actor had an unusual childhood.
“My life was definitely not sitting at the breakfast table with two parents getting ready for school,” she said. “It was just the opposite.”
That said, she became a fan of Frosted Mini Wheats, which she lovingly dubbed the FMWs.
“When I got my first apartment, when I was 14 – again, not an Orthodox life – I ate FMW,” she says. “It sounded cool to me.”
3. Her dream guest on the show is Beyoncé
“I would give anything to talk to Beyoncé,” Barrymore said, adding that Destiny’s Child did the song “Independent Women” for “Charlie’s Angels,” the 2000 film in which Barrymore starred alongside Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu. “That’s when I got to know her a little bit.”
“She has evolved and grown and made these amazing statements to the world through her art,” Barrymore added. “I’m so in love with her, like everyone else.”
4. She’s struggling with pandemic parenting like everyone else
The actor also admitted being a mom during the pandemic has been tough.
“Every parent has it all on their shoulders right now and we have never appreciated our children’s friends and teachers more than we will from now on,” said Barrymore. “It’s a year that no one will say, ‘Oh, I can’t remember where I was that year!’ It won’t blend in with the others. “
5. She is the happiest she has ever been at 46
Barrymore had a serious but refreshing response when Sadick asked her what advice she would give her young self.
“You’ll get better,” Barrymore said. “You’ll get wiser. You’ll get calmer at some point. Because I was a banana in my twenties! Everything was stressing me out. I had no idea it wasn’t all the end of the world or so big and important. I had no idea how to compartmentalize or put things in perspective. “
Barrymore said she appreciates the wisdom that comes with age.
“It turns out that growing up isn’t that bad,” she said. “It’s really awesome. At 46, I’m definitely the happiest I’ve ever been and I’m so happy.”