Elle magazine for August 2010 features Drew Barrymore whose edgy romantic comedy Going the Distance co-starring Justin Long opens in theaters August 27. Drew speaks humbly about her myriad of successful movies as an actress and director of Flower Films. She also focuses on how content and unafraid she is of being 35… and single.
If it was 2020, and I was reading this article, I may have been affronted. We all love the Drew who doesn’t wear make-up, goes to strip clubs and beats the status quo. Yet, I was alarmed reading about the emphasis on her age, although positive, which seems to imply that 35 is old and in need of defending. “At this age,” her age, women are considering plastic surgery and sitting back in grand leather chairs with a look of tired exasperation, spreading the word disguised as convincing that - getting older is beautiful. Fabulous, in fact.
The stereotyped hippie flower child who’s notoriously known for having been a 13-year-old drug addict (we get it) said to Elle, “If you’re 35 and single and it’s a choice, it feels fine. So I didn’t settle with the wrong person yet. Big deal!” Yikes Drew, what if it’s not a choice? Sorry all my single ladies, keep perusing those online dating sites.
She moves on to explain “that she’s not afraid of getting older: ‘I don’t want to be vain or fearful, and I don’t think I’ll do anything [in terms of plastic surgery], but if I want to do something, I will. From my perspective, there’s no reason to be afraid of aging, because if you age, you’re lucky! The alternative is death.”
And then, “the best thing about being 35 is that if I was lucky enough, with my health and life span, I might be able to do it all over again. The next 35 years are a second chance at life.”
Cue the curtain. All 34.5 and 35-year-old women stand up and applaud Drew for her inspirational outlook on 35. Now 50-year-old women look out, because if 35-40 is wonderful only because the alternative is death, then I don’t know who can explain why the forty-fifty-year-old gals are still kickin’ it. Nonetheless, I digress because Never Been Kissed is one of my favorite movies, and I basically have no room to criticize since I am 35 minus 10, lacking all of Drew’s incredible and priceless life experience. (What do I know?) I just didn’t realize that being in your mid-thirties needed such reassurance. I mean, who knew Gwen Stefani was born in 1969? Julia Roberts, Demi Moore, Cameron Diaz… Can we just pull the plug on the soap box wisdom that comes with every birthday candle blown?
Moving on, I am looking forward to her next movie Going The Distance, which has this 500 Days of Summer quirkiness to it, separating itself from typical romantic comedies. (Jennifer Aniston’s mass production of poor romantic comedies is really becoming exhausting.) Justin Long co-stars alongside Drew Barrymore as a couple who is trying to maintain a long-distance relationship. I just wonder, will they make it work? I’ll see Going the Distance because it looks like a fine summer flick. Justin Long, half my body weight, was also such a babe in He’s Just Not That Into You. Who doesn’t want to be the exception?