This Is How Drew Barrymore Spends Her Perfect Night In

updated Jul 30, 2020
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Perfect Night In is a series where we ask actors, artists, entrepreneurs, and beyond how they’d spend the ultimate luxury—a blissful evening at home.

“Charlie’s Angels,””The Wedding Singer,””Never Been Kissed,” “Ever After”—the list of iconic Drew Barrymore classics goes on and on (and on). As it’s known, however, Barrymore’s success goes well beyond the big screen. She co-produces and stars in Netflix’s “Santa Clarita Diet” (which has a second season coming out tomorrow) and also has her FLOWER Beauty line that recently made its debut in Australia and the U.K. Additionally, she’s extending her floral-themed business with FLOWER Home, which launched this morning (check out our favorites from the collection here!).

When she’s not out being a powerhouse performer and entrepreneur, Barrymore has two little girls, Olive and Frankie, keeping her busy–and she wouldn’t have it any other way. See below for Barrymore and her daughters’ ideal night in, with all the board games and all the snacks.

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Set The Scene

Your perfect homebody scene in 5 words: Safe, eclectic, cozy, colorful, joyful.

Are you alone or with someone else? I have two girls—two little creatures—running around. I’m never alone and I don’t want to be, so it’s perfect.

Night-in uniform: FREECITY sweatpants, Thorlo socks, and a threadbare vintage t-shirt.

What people, dead or alive, would you let crash your night? My grandfather because I never got to meet him, but I sense him around. I would like to have David Sedaris and Tina Fey, my favorite male and female writers. Now that I said that, I’d want to bring in Nora Ephron because I read everything she’s ever written and I worship her.

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Now Playing

TV or a movie? I watch the “TODAY” show every morning with Savannah Guthrie. She’s my friend and I feel connected to her when I see her. Watching anything live and in real time, especially in this world, can feel very unsafe around children. [“TODAY” is] a very nice way to find your information, and they know kids are watching so there’s a sensor that feels safe.

eBooks or the real deal? Never bought an eBook in my life, never read an eBook in my life. My whole life is about the bookstore. Tactile sense is everything to me, and if you came into my apartment you would laugh asking that question because the entire apartment is bookshelves.

Currently reading? Glynnis MacNicol’s “No One Tells You This.” It’s a super-cute hipster book. She’s 40, and she decided to not have kids or get married. [It’s all about] what her life is like, her joy level, her adventure, and her perspective on her own life now that she has this year of deciding. It’s hard because I’m a mom and I made all those choices, so you would think, why would you want to read a book about people who took such a different path? If it’s optimistic and personal, I want to read the other side, because I’m all about otherhood.

Silence or music? Music, music, music. It’s always been a huge part of my life. I’m listening to this band called Alvvays and their song “Dreams Tonite.” I was also listening to “Cherish” by Madonna and I was like, there’s a whole generation that can rediscover this song. It’s so cute and optimistic and has such a sweetness to it. Or that song “Just Got Paid” by *NSYNC. I just want to put that on in my Uber on my way to meet my ladies for drinks.

Board games, yay or nay? Yaaaay! I’ve been playing LIFE with the girls, I love that game. We also do Operation, Candyland, Shoots and Ladders, Bingo, Zigity (it’s like a video game), a lot of UNO and a lot of cards. But our favorite game is Catopoly, and Olive seriously takes me down.

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What’s cooking

Order in or cook for yourself? I might double-down and get two restaurants delivered, like Chinese and Italian or Mexican. Who says you have to have one type of food?

What are you eating? It’d be pan-fried noodles and some type of shrimp.

What drink are you pouring? Probably a nice, light white wine, like an Albariño. Something that pairs beautifully with food, not too mineral-like and sweet. Just keep it clean and very simple.

What’s for dessert? When I’m at home, I like to bake cookies because I can whip a batch up really fast in like 10 to 15 minutes. I have a modified version of the By Chloe cookie, which is so good and addictive.

Late night snack? I love ripping into one of my girls’ Ritz crackers.

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Take care

Do you have a self-care ritual? To me, self-care feels like doing something kind for yourself that will ultimately benefit others. I feel good when people know I appreciate them.

What do you try to avoid at all costs? I definitely avoid the phone a bit if I’m having my night in.

Candles, yay or nay? Yay! I love our [FLOWER Home] hurricanes. I think they look more like the way Aerin Lauder does her perfume tops, like stony and rocky, and I feel like those are safe vessels.

Face masks, yay or nay? Oh god, yay! I make the best one with JAYJUNE, too. They’re incredible and they will change your life.

Bubble bath, yay or nay? Yay! Why not? In my current apartment I don’t have a bathtub, only a shower, and it’s killing me. My kids have a bathtub but it’s so tiny that it’s like sitting in an old bucket.

Chores, yay or nay? Yay! We all got to do them. I clean, I do laundry, I take out the trash, pick up after my stuff and put it in the laundry bin, make the bed…

Ideal bedtime? I go to sleep between 7 and 8 with my girls every night. If I have a dinner, they’re like, “What, you have a dinner?!” And I feel horrible and I’m like “Yes, but I’ll be right back,” and then I’ll leap into bed with them.

Thanks for chatting with us, Drew!