Drew Barrymore recreated her childhood photos and you’re gonna freaking love it

Drew Barrymore childhood photos

A very grown-up Drew Barrymore has teamed up with InStyle Magazine for a delightful series of nostalgia-meets-now photos – and we could not love them any more.

Drew Barrymore for Instyle MagazineDrew Barrymore for Instyle Magazine

“My cup is just avalanching over”

Drew not only kitted up in reimagined versions of some iconic childhood snaps, she spoke to the mag about how she’s evolved as a person, and how she feels about being a mum. We’re pleased to report that piñatas are involved.

“My daughters are so fulfilling that I feel like my cup is just avalanching over,” Drew explained.  “If love took on a physical analogy form, I’d be an overstuffed turkey or piñata.”

“I don’t think I would have ever known that I could be this content, this whole, without being in a romantic relationship. That would have been a surprise to my younger self,” she adds, saying she is “not that different from the kid in the pictures wearing giant poofy dresses.” 

“I am very f*cking scrappy”

Drew admits she’s not really a shrinking violet, but notes she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I just had a lot of rebellion that had to calm down,” she says. “I definitely have a ferociousness. And I’ve always had it. I completely rebel against authority. I am very f*cking scrappy,” she told InStyle

Drew is currently working hard at coparenting with ex-husband Will Kopelman, the pair spending Christmas together with their girls, 5-year-old Olive and 3-year-old Frankie.

Drew Barrymore for Instyle Magazine

Fresh perspective

The mum-of-two spoke a little bit more about the InStyle shoot on Instagram, saying the experience prompted a closer look at how she felt about herself.

“This day was just so fun!!! So I just let go and played. Kind of the way I did when I was a kid,” Drew posted.

“I didn’t care about how it looked. I cared about how it felt. If it felt bad, then I knew it was wrong and had to parent myself. If it felt free without harm to others, than I embraced that feeling. If there was scrutiny or judgment… I examined where it was coming from, and then let it go.”

“We all know ourselves better than others. And to be kind and brave is what matters. And free and blissful. And silly as silly gets!”

Drew Barrymore for Instyle Magazine

Drew also noted that while her happiness was hard won, she would not change a thing.

“I loved re visiting my life on this day. And I can honestly say I am a happy adult. I have to fight like a mega warrior for that happiness. But what comes easy? Nothing.”

A hard road

Drew was just 7-years-old when she shot to fame, starring as Gertie in the Spielberg classic ET. What followed were childhood struggles with alcohol and drugs, rehab at 14, emancipation from her mother and her own apartment at 15. She went on to appear in a string of successful films – think Poison Ivy, Scream and The Wedding Singer – before forming her own production company and later her own beauty company.

It’s fair to say she’s gone from strength-to-strength, and this visit down memory lane is a pretty adorable and inspiring reminder of that.

We’ll leave you with this parting shot of one of our fave mums. You. Are. Welcome.

Drew Barrymore as a child

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