(USA TODAY) - Drew Barrymore is no stranger to being on the cover of a magazine, but it's usually to promote her latest film. This time around, she's talking about her daughter, Olive, making women feel good about themselves, and of course, her new makeup line, Flower. Some highlights from Barrymore's chat featured in the March issue of Harper's Bazaar, out Feb. 12:
On putting her acting career on hold upon finding out she was pregnant and finding alternatives for work: "I didn't feel I could do a lot with fashion because I wear sweatpants that I find on the floor. ... I live for makeup and I like wine. These are my truths!"
On keeping the details of her daughter's birth under wraps: "I definitely needed some time. For a solid six weeks, I was hiding like the Unabomber. Because I live my life in the public eye, I didn't want that for her." But ultimately she realized that "unless I move into a bunker underground, I don't have a choice in this matter. It was something that took me weeks to cope with."
On raising Olive in the spotlight: "I know she didn't sign up for that (being born into the glare of attention that comes with her mother's 30-plus years of fame). I had such an exposed childhood. I appreciate my journey, but I don't want that for my kid. Not any of it. It has nothing to do with whether I liked my childhood. I really did. But as a parent, that isn't the childhood that I'd provide."
On helping women feel good about themselves: "I grew up in a makeup chair," she says. "And to see the women around me getting ready was so aspirational. It's about mothers and daughters, a girl watching her mom at a vanity table. I didn't want a cold campaign with severe messaging. I wanted warmth and acceptance and self-love."
On the advertising aesthetic to her makeup line, Flower: "Nobody's in gold rain or running through a jungle with their lipstick on," she says. "It was just me and some great music on a white background. That's every girl, in her closet getting ready."
Cindy Clark, USA TODAY