Drew Barrymore is many things: actor, director, producer, cosmetics entrepreneur, winemaker, seven-time InStyle cover girl, and wife and mother, to name a few. And with the debut of Find it in Everything, a photographic collection of heart-shaped objects (available Jan. 14), she’s now a two-time author.
We caught up with the 38-year-old to learn more about her inspiration for the book, why she thinks hearts are so special, and to find out the one piece of advice she won’t take from good friend (and fellow recent book author) Cameron Diaz.
What inspired you to do the book?
It’s just something I took pictures of for a really long time, and then when I was archiving my photographs—which I have about 25,000 of—I starting printing stuff out and I kept putting the pictures with the hearts in it aside and on one bulletin board. All of sudden, I realized there were, like, a hundred pictures and they all sort of went together.
Why is the heart such a special symbol to you?
I love things that lack negativity. Flowers lack negativity, a heart-shape is predominantly 99.9 percent totally positive. There’s just something about flowers and hearts where you don’t have to over-explain it. It’s just this beautiful thing that makes people happy, and you’re never going to be apologizing for it. I love that.
What’s the story behind the title Find it in Everything?
I actually made a painting for [my friend’s] son’s bedroom, and I made a heart and I put “Finding Everything” in it. It’s still in his room now, many years later. I was so happy when I came up with that saying because I think that’s what speaks to me—just looking at these innocuous things and finding something attractive in it.
Which picture is your favorite?
A stain from tea I was making. Something dripped, and when I came back the next morning, it was like that. And that’s exactly one of those weird, interpretive [things where] it could just be a stain you need to wipe up, but instead, it’s like “Oh, hi.” They’re like little friends that crop up.
Speaking of friends, we just chatted with your good pal Cameron Diaz about her book, The Body Book. Is she the scientist in your group of friends?
She can be the group know-it-all, too! We love it. It’s a joke amongst our friends. With her book, there’s conviction as well as learned knowledge. I think it’s going to be really great, because it’s her and it’s authentic.
Has she given you any good health advice?
Oh my God, thousands of wisdoms. I just don’t listen to most of them!
One last question about your book: Is there a certain section or page you hope women mark and share with their friends?
Oh, that’s a good question. There’s some where the hearts are more hidden. For me, it’s the straw wrapper. I think that is something that could be interpreted one way or it could be interpreted another way, depending on how your own personal lense is focused. I think that says everything: What could be trash becomes hope.
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