Drew Barrymore Candidly Shares Why She's "Never Done Anything" to Her Face

After spending most of her life in Hollywood, Drew Barrymore shared why she has not had any plastic surgery and why she hopes to keep it that way. Read on for the actress' candid explanation.

By Samantha Schnurr Feb 17, 2021 2:33 PMTags
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Drew Barrymore is embracing life's journey—without plastic surgery.

The Charlie's Angels alum has spent most of her life in Hollywood, but when it comes to widespread cosmetic practices, the actress has made it clear she does not partake. "I've never done anything to my face and I would like to try to not to," the 45-year-old mom of two said on her talk show Feb. 16. "Never say never."

As for why, the star pointed to her personality. "The thing that I do care about and I do feel is still relevant to my life is the face," she continued. "I know myself. I'm a highly addictive person and I do one injection I'm going to look like Jocelyn Wildenstein by Friday."

Simultaneously, she wasn't interested in complying with new standards of beauty and aging. "I think because I'm so rebellious that I saw all of that pressure and I saw all of those women torturing themselves to look a certain way and I thought, 'You miserable people,'" the actress said. "I just wanted to never be afraid of what life would do to me. I probably went to too many opposite extremes. Now I'm boring and safe and healthy."

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As the daytime talk show host forges ahead, she's looking to embrace life naturally. "I would love if there was some way that we could let go and give in to the ride of life a little bit more," she said. "We're gonna age, things are gonna go south and it's ok and it's a part of life and I feel more human and more vulnerable every year of my life, but I also know how to appreciate every year more and more, too."

Barrymore also noted, "And I'm a little crazy."

The multi-talented star, who is no stranger to the beauty industry—she launched her FLOWER Beauty cosmetics brand in 2013—has spoken publicly about her aging philosophy in recent years. "I'm now determined more than ever to show my daughters that aging is a luxury," she told NewBeauty in 2019. "If we're lucky, we are all going to age. I just want them to be at peace with who they are and not what they look like. If they are good, cool people, that's all I care about."

While Barrymore is continuing to opt out, keep scrolling for stars who have shared their experiences with plastic surgery. 

Courteney Cox

"There was a time when you go, ‘Oh, I'm changing. I'm looking older.' And I tried to chase that [youthfulness] for years," she told The Sunday Times in February 2022. "And I didn't realize that, oh s--t, I'm actually looking really strange with injections and doing stuff to my face that I would never do now."

She added, "There was a period where I went, 'I've got to stop. That's just crazy.'"

Clare Crawley

In July 2021, the Bachelorette star underwent explant surgery to remove her breast implants, citing health reasons.

"As much as I love my implants, my body is fighting them and recognizes it as something obviously foreign in my body," she said in an Instagram video. "As much as I loved having these, this is so important to me that I love my health more. I love my well-being more. That's what matters."

Bella Hadid

The 25-year-old model revealed she got a nose job at the age of 14 in a March 2022 interview with Vogue. She also addressed rumors surrounding her cosmetic surgery by verifying that no other procedure has been done.

"I wish I had kept the nose of my ancestors," she told the publication. "I think I would have grown into it."

She added, "I've had this impostor syndrome where people made me feel like I didn't deserve any of this. People always have something to say, but what I have to say is, I've always been misunderstood in my industry and by the people around me."

Marc Jacobs

The fashion powerhouse revealed he recently got a facelift, courtesy of Dr. Andrew Jacono, and showed off the results on Instagram. "Three days after," he shared on July 24, alongside a selfie of his results. "Ready for lewks."

Madison LeCroy

The Southern Charm star opened up about why she changed her mind about getting plastic surgery after meeting surgeon, Dr. Patrick O'Neill. "I never thought I would need, much less want, plastic surgery. However, after giving birth to an [sic] 10lb baby eight years ago, I no longer felt confident in my own skin," she wrote on Feb. 13, 2021. "...He gave me my confidence back and transformed the parts of my body that I was most self-conscious about."

Cardi B

In 2019, Cardi told her fans that she had recently undergone liposuction. She later discussed the recovery process, telling E! News, "When you see somebody that had lipo, you think that they just go into the doctor's and like boop, you come out and you look amazing. But it's actually like a very long process, recovery. It actually takes like a little bit more than three or four months."

Chrissy Teigen

In 2017, the supermodel and TV host talked about her experience getting liposuction.

"I had an armpit sucked out, which was one of the best things," Refinery 29 quoted her saying, "It's a big secret, but I don't care. It was nine years ago or so. And I had two inches to my armpit. Now it's back though, so now I've gotta pay for [liposuction] again. It was so easy. It made me feel better in dresses; I felt more confident. It was the dumbest, stupidest thing I've ever done. The dumbest, but I like it, whatever. I have no regrets, honestly."

In June 2020, Teigen also underwent surgery to remove her breast implants.

Leah McSweeney

The Bravolebrity revealed she got an "Xmas boob lift and augmentation" on Instagram in December 2020. "I can't wait to show off the new and improved girls," she quipped.

Sonja Morgan

The Real Housewives of New York star got a $75,000 facelift and neck lift from Dr. Andrew Jacono. In 2020, she shared the news on Daily Pop, telling Justin Sylvester, Dr. Jacono's procedure is different because "he goes under the muscle, which keeps the skin attached to the muscle so all the blood vessels are still attached and very vibrant and alive."

Farrah Abraham

The former Teen Mom star has been open about her plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures, and she's had quite a few of them. She has in the past admitted to getting lip fillers, breast augmentations, a nose job and a chin implant, which she has since had removed. In 2017, she documented her vaginal rejuvenation procedure. In 2018, she posted videos of her getting butt injections.

Amanda Stanton

The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise star revealed in 2018 that she had undergone a breast augmentation after wanting one for years. She got the surgery after stopped breastfeeding her second child.

Angelina Jolie

In a 2013 New York Times op-ed, the actress revealed that she possesses the BRCA1 gene that increases the risk of breast cancer and had undergone a preventative double mastectomy, with reconstructive surgery "of the breasts with an implant."

Tyra Banks

In her memoir, Perfect Is Boring, the supermodel revealed that she went under the knife early in her career. "I had bones in my nose that were growing and itching," she wrote in her book. "I could breathe fine, but I added cosmetic surgery. I admit it! Fake hair, and I did my nose." 

Iggy Azalea

The Aussie rapper said in the April 2015 issue of Vogue magazine that she got breast implants. "I did change something: Four months ago, I got bigger boobs! I'd thought about it my entire life," she revealed. 

Kaley Cuoco

The Big Bang Theory star told Cosmopolitan getting breast implants in 2004 was "the best decision I ever made." Cuoco also came clean to Women's Health about a nose job, as well as receiving a filler in a line "in my neck I've had since I was 12."

Stephanie March

In a candid piece for Refinery 29, the Law & Order: SVU actress called her 2014 breast augmentation "the wrong decision for so many reasons" because, as she wrote, "I decided to change my body because I couldn't change my life."

Tara Reid

The American Pie star had a botched breast job and liposuction in 2004. "My stomach became the most ripply, bulgy thing," she told CBS News in 2006. "I had a hernia, this huge bump next to my belly button. As a result, I couldn't wear a bikini. I lost a lot of work."

Reid went under the knife again that year to fix the results of the previous procedures.

Kelly Rowland

"I wanted to get breast implants when I was 18, but my mom and Beyoncé's mom told me to really think about it first," she told Shape magazine. "I took their advice and waited 10 years."

Heidi Montag

In 2009, at just 23 years old, The Hills star underwent a head-to-toe transformation, having 10 cosmetic procedures done in one day. In addition to Botox, chin reductions and a nose job, the reality star also got fat injections in her lips.

Lisa Rinna

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star had her lips injected with silicone at age 24. In 2010, she had some of the filler removed.

"I find it so interesting that it's become such a big thing because I can't tell you how many girls have done their lips. I feel like I'm a pioneer," she said on the Today show in 2013. "I was one of the first ones to ever do it and be honest about it."

She also said, "I would do it again. I never had a career before I had the lips so my lips have had their own career!"

Melissa Gorga

"Wish me luck! Following the Dr's orders... After 13 years they say it's always best to switch out your breast implants :-) so here we go… I know i'm in good hands with @drfiorillo," the Real Housewives of New Jersey star shared on Instagram in 2015. The reality TV personality has also admitted to getting a nose job, as well as lip injections.

Kim Zolciak

In 2015, the reality star called Dr. Lenny Hochstein her "boob God" doctor for giving her perky breasts. Of course, the reality TV personality has been an open book about her other procedures, including a tummy tuck and lip injections.

Jennifer Aniston

"I had [a deviated septum] fixed–best thing I ever did," the actress told People in 2007. "I slept like a baby for the first time in years. As far as all the other [rumors], as boring as it sounds, it's still mine. All of it. Still mine."

Jamie Lee Curtis

"I've done it all," the actress told The Telegraph in 2002. "I've had a little plastic surgery. I've had a little lipo. I've had a little Botox. And you know what? None of it works. None of it."

Reid Ewing

In 2017, the Modern Family star wrote a Huffington Post piece about having had body dysmorphia and an addiction to plastic surgery, which included cheek implants, chin implants and "several more procedures."

"Plastic surgery is not always a bad thing," the actor wrote. "It often helps people who actually need it for serious cases, but it's a horrible hobby, and it will eat away at you until you have lost all self-esteem and joy. I wish I could go back and undo all the surgeries. Now I can see that I was fine to begin with and didn't need the surgeries after all."

Julie Chen

In 2013, The Talk co-host revealed on the show that she got plastic surgery at the beginning of her career in order to make her eyes look bigger.

"And after I had it done, the ball did roll for me," she said. "And I wondered, did I give in to the man?"

She added, "I have to live with every decision that I've made. And it got me to where we are today. And I'm not going to look back."

Ariel Winter

In 2015, the Modern Family star told Glamour magazine that she underwent breast reduction surgery, reducing her cup size from 32F to 34D. 

"I had a lot of back problems. I really couldn't stand up straight for a long period of time," she said. "It started to hurt so bad that I couldn't take the pain. My neck was hurting so bad and I actually had some problems with my spine."

Ashley Tisdale

In 2007, the High School Musical star admitted that she underwent a rhinoplasty procedure, aka a nose job, to correct a deviated septum that made it more difficult to breathe.

"I didn't do this because I believe in plastic surgery," she told People. "I did this to help my health. I literally almost could not breathe out of the right side of my nose."

Bethenny Frankel

The Real Housewives of New York star got breast implants in 2005, but removed them in 2008. "Now I feel comfortable," she told Life & Style. "If there's something you're not comfortable with and you can correct it, great."

NeNe Leakes

In 2010, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star revealed that she had had a nose job, a breast lift and liposuction.

"I'm very comfortable and confident in myself," she told People. "I just wanted a tune up."

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