Actress, director, producer, winemaker and Flower Beauty entrepreneur Drew Barrymore is adding another job to her resume.
Beginning today, Barrymore will be editor-at-large at Refinery29, contributing stories monthly to the online style publication that claims more than 8 million unique viewers per month.
“The Internet terrifies me because I just don’t feel like I grew up with technology,” Barrymore said by phone earlier this week. “However, I love the aspect of a library of information at your fingertips, guides and how tos, lists and best ofs. Refinery has all that. So when they asked me, it made a ton of sense. Plus, I love writing, and I don’t usually have an outlet for that.”
Barrymore, whose first contribution to Refinery is her egg sandwich recipe, joins a large number of celebrities who have contributed to and guest-edited for publications ranging from Bono guest-editing the London Independent newspaper for a day in 2006, to Victoria Beckham guest-editing the January 2014 issue of British Vogue.
One difference is that Barrymore has signed on with Refinery for two years. She’s been at it for a month and has already pitched four stories, she said.
“Drew possesses so many genuine qualities that connect to us and our audience,” said Christene Barberich, editor in chief for the site. “She’s smart, funny, confident, stylish, a natural-born entrepreneur with an artist’s spirit ... the list goes on."
(Barrymore does come across as as real person, albeit a real person who is a movie star and gets paid to blog about her egg sandwiches.)
“I don’t like when people seem too put together,” Barrymore said. “I would rather write a column about how to nerd out and spend a night at home on the couch. And I’m never going to tell you how to lose weight. I’m not that girl. But I would love to do a top 10 list of books for toddlers.”
Barrymore shared with me that she’s an avid letter writer and penned the forward to her new book coming out Tuesday, titled “Find It in Everything” (Little, Brown & Co.), which is a compilation of photographs she has taken of heart shapes.
She’s also working on a book of short stories that’s already rather long -- 300 pages. "I have a tendency to over-saturate my point and be redundant,” Barrymore said.
Even editors need editors.