Nia Long believes she was discriminated against during Charlie’s Angels casting process

Nia Long believes she didn’t get a role in Charlie’s Angels because she was “a little too Black”. Earlier this month, Thandie Newton revealed that she turned down the role of Alex Munday in the 2000 action comedy after an executive allegedly made raci…

Nia Long believes she didn’t get a role in Charlie’s Angels because she was “a little too Black”.

Earlier this month, Thandie Newton revealed that she turned down the role of Alex Munday in the 2000 action comedy after an executive allegedly made racially insensitive comments about her character and the director explained how she’d be objectified in the opening scene.

In an new interview with Insider, Long shared that she went for the same role but was rejected because she “looked too old” compared to her co-star Drew Barrymore, who is four years younger, and the actress believes she didn’t get it because of the colour of her skin.

“I was like, ‘What?’” Long recalled. “I love Drew Barrymore, I think she’s amazing, but I think that was just a nice way to say you’re a little too Black. Personally, that’s what I think. Because if you notice there were no brown skin (actors). I mean, honestly, I would have been the Blackest thing in the film.

“The feedback that I received from my agent was, ‘She just looked too old and sophisticated to be next to Drew Barrymore’… And I’m thinking to myself, it’s an actor’s choice to walk in the room how they want to look, but it’s a director’s vision to help create and curate a character. So if you couldn’t see beyond the fact that I had on a blazer and a pair of jeans then that was clearly not the job and opportunity for me. So, no problem, I’ll keep it moving.”

She told the publication that she was aware of what Newton said about the film and is proud more women, especially women of colour, are speaking out about their Hollywood experiences.

The role of Alex Munday eventually went to Lucy Liu, who is two years older than Long. Liu, Barrymore, and their co-star Cameron Diaz returned for a sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, in 2003.

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Drew Barrymore: ‘I work so hard to not be the size of a bus’

Drew Barrymore joked karma is the reason why she has to work out so hard to keep herself in shape.The 45-year-old discussed body image during an interview for InStyle magazine, and revealed that she has maintained focus on her diet and fitness regime d…

Drew Barrymore joked karma is the reason why she has to work out so hard to keep herself in shape.

The 45-year-old discussed body image during an interview for InStyle magazine, and revealed that she has maintained focus on her diet and fitness regime despite being in the midst of a global pandemic.

“I eat really clean and healthy, and I do an hour of Pilates at least four days a week. I have to work so hard at not being the size of a bus,” she quipped. “And it’s OK. That is just my journey. That is my karma. I don’t know, maybe I was thin and mean in a past life.”

The 50 First Dates star also opened up on the affect juggling working and home schooling her two daughters, Olive, seven, and six-year-old Frankie, was having on her mental health.

“I felt very overwhelmed at first – and I hate feeling overwhelmed. It was weird to be a mom and a teacher and a provider and a friend. I felt sad for a while that I was all I could offer my children,” Drew candidly shared. “Then I realised that I had to get out from under it. I have so much empathy and patience for everyone but myself, it’s sick.”

The Flower Beauty founder, who shot the cover images for the InStyle spread herself, confessed while it’s been hard taking care of herself during the Covid-19 lockdown, she acknowledged that things will begin to get back to some kind of normality soon.

“In these times you can just start to feel bad about yourself. I began to self-doubt and beat myself up. Then I was like, ‘This is temporary.’ I tell my kids that too. It’s not normal; it’s the new normal. It’s a learning curve, and, hopefully, this is all happening for a reason,” she explained.

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Thandie Newton quit Charlie’s Angels after Amy Pascal meeting

Thandie Newton quit the 2000 Charlie’s Angels remake after film executive Amy Pascal allegedly made racially insensitive comments in a meeting.The Westworld star was in negotiations for a role in the big-screen reboot of the hit ’70s TV show when she w…

Thandie Newton quit the 2000 Charlie’s Angels remake after film executive Amy Pascal allegedly made racially insensitive comments in a meeting.

The Westworld star was in negotiations for a role in the big-screen reboot of the hit ’70s TV show when she was called in to meet then-Columbia Pictures boss Pascal.

During the chat, Pascal allegedly told Newton there was a challenge in making her character “believable” as a college-educated woman, and then suggested there could be a bar scene in which her character “gets up on a table and starts shaking her booty”.

“She’s basically reeling off these stereotypes of how to be more convincing as a Black character,” the 47-year-old told Vulture. “Everything she said, I was like, ‘Nah, I wouldn’t do that’. She’s like, ‘Yeah, but you’re different. You’re different’. That was Amy Pascal. That’s not really a surprise, is it? Let’s face it. I didn’t do the movie as a result.”

In response, Pascal, who stepped down from Sony Pictures in 2015 after an email hack revealed racially insensitive emails between her and producer Scott Rudin about former U.S. President Barack Obama, said she was “horrified to hear” Newton’s allegations and insisted she had “no recollection” of the meeting.

“I’ve long considered Thandie a friend; I’m thankful that I’ve had the chance to make movies with her; and I hope to work with her again in the future,” she stated.

Elsewhere in the interview, the actress recalled an awkward meeting with the film’s director McG in which he detailed the opening scene.

“The director said to me, ‘I can’t wait for this. The first shot is going to be… You’re going to think it’s, like, yellow lines down a road, and you pull back and you realise it’s the stitching, because the denim is so tight on your a*s it’s going to look like tarmac,'” she shared. “I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t think we’re going to go down this road together’…I didn’t want to be put in a position where I was objectified.”

Charlie’s Angels, which starred Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu, went on to make over $200 million (£159 million) worldwide.

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Drew Barrymore hit with lawsuit over cushion designs

Drew Barrymore has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit by a fabric designer over a cushion pattern.The Hollywood actress first partnered with executives at Walmart on the Drew Barrymore Flower Home collection back in March 2019, with the lin…

Drew Barrymore has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit by a fabric designer over a cushion pattern.

The Hollywood actress first partnered with executives at Walmart on the Drew Barrymore Flower Home collection back in March 2019, with the line comprised of decor and furniture pieces.

However, editors at TMZ reported on Thursday that Barrymore is facing a lawsuit from the team at Rule of Three Studio, who have claimed that she copied their Turkish Plume patterns on a cushion design.

Lawyers for the design studio have alleged that they started selling their version, which retails for between $315 and $565 (£250-£443), back in 2015, while the cushion in Barrymore’s range was launched last year.

They are suing both Barrymore and Walmart, and in court documents, requested that the company stop sales of the cushions and asked for all profits from the design as well additional damages.

The Santa Clarita Diet star and her representatives have not yet responded to the lawsuit.

Drew Barrymore Flower Home is the latest addition to Barrymore’s lifestyle empire, with the 45-year-old having first unveiled a range of cosmetics under the Flower banner in 2013 before going on to expand the line to include fragrance and eyewear.

“Drew Barrymore Flower Home is a whimsical, unpretentious collection of furniture and decor,” a Walmart spokesperson said of the designs at the time of the launch. “Inspired by Drew’s own personal aesthetic – and her ability to draw from every genre, style, and era – these gorgeous furnishings and must-have accents help you create a home that truly feels like an amazing mosaic map of yourself and your life.”

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Hilarie Burton won’t dye grey roots during coronavirus lockdown

Hilarie Burton has decided not to dye her grey roots during the coronavirus lockdown.The One Tree Hill actress took to Instagram earlier this week to post a picture of herself gazing into the distance, with the silver strands along her hairline on show…

Hilarie Burton has decided not to dye her grey roots during the coronavirus lockdown.

The One Tree Hill actress took to Instagram earlier this week to post a picture of herself gazing into the distance, with the silver strands along her hairline on show.

In the accompanying caption, Hilarie explained that she had no plans to try an at-home hair dye kit as the grey locks were reminding her to maintain a healthy perspective amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The ‘silver lining’ is literally growing out of my skull. For all of our frontline and essential workers who are too busy to fuss with things like hair colour, I grow mine out in solidarity with you. When I see it, I’m reminded of all you’re doing to keep us safe,” she wrote. “I’m reminded that you deserve to be taken care of. I’m reminded that any spare time I have shouldn’t be spent on vanity, but rather on helping our heroes.”

In recent days, Hilarie has been sewing face masks for people who are still working during the crisis, such as delivery drivers, pharmacy workers, and farmers.

And the mother-of-two noted that she can make five masks in the time it would take her to colour her hair.

“It’s a small, silly symbol. Grey hair. Who cares, right? But I hope the nurse or the vet or the store clerk who is feeling tired and overwhelmed knows that it’s a visible thing I can show that says, ‘I’m with you,'” the 37-year-old added.

Other stars to embrace their grey hair during the lockdown include Kevin Hart, Drew Barrymore, and Kelly Ripa.

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Drew Barrymore beginning to embrace grey hair

Drew Barrymore is learning to make peace with her natural grey hair colour.In a thoughtful personal essay published in the latest issue of the U.K.’s Sunday Times Style magazine, the Santa Clarita Diet star reflected on the theme of “letting go” and ho…

Drew Barrymore is learning to make peace with her natural grey hair colour.

In a thoughtful personal essay published in the latest issue of the U.K.’s Sunday Times Style magazine, the Santa Clarita Diet star reflected on the theme of “letting go” and how it also applies to her hair colour.

“Now I’m a mom and in my mid-forties, I have the hair colour I like – drama-free and more natural,” she shared, noting that while she still tints her locks, she is using a shade that resembles her real hue. “It takes 30 minutes to do my base of greys. I only barely cover them, so that the follicles can still grab the light as it grows out. (Yes, your greys can double as highlights with the right tint!)”

Drew’s frank approach to ageing was not the only part of the piece to catch fans’ attention, as the images of the actress that accompanied the essay were taken by her seven-year-old daughter Olive.

Reposting a candid snap of the mother-daughter photoshoot to her Instagram, the 45-year-old captioned the image with a dialogue between her and her eldest child.

“OLIVE: Why are you asking me to shoot you mom? And who normally shoots you?” she recalled. “ME: A photographer. But right now, the world is in a crazy place. Everything is an opportunity to do things differently! So what do you say? Do you want to be my photographer?”

Olive agreed to be her mother’s photographer, with the family staging the photoshoot at a beach in The Hamptons where they are self-isolating during the coronavirus crisis.

Drew also asked her daughter not to photograph her from below, adding in the caption: “OLIVE: Yes. And then you won’t look like you have a very big chin. ME: Oh no, I’m worried about looking like I have NO chin!”

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Drew Barrymore cleans her house wearing lotion-infused gloves

Drew Barrymore wears special lotion-infused gloves to clean her house.For the latest instalment of her “beauty junkie” videos on Instagram, the Hollywood actress/entrepreneur highlighted her new drugstore find – Aveeno’s Repairing CICA Hand Mask with P…

Drew Barrymore wears special lotion-infused gloves to clean her house.

For the latest instalment of her “beauty junkie” videos on Instagram, the Hollywood actress/entrepreneur highlighted her new drugstore find – Aveeno’s Repairing CICA Hand Mask with Prebiotic Oat and Shea Butter.

But Drew doesn’t wear the hand masks while sitting back and watching TV, as she prefers to swap them for regular gloves when it comes to tidying up her home.

“Beauty Junkie week discovery – we are doing dishes with Aveeno hand gloves on,” the star told her 13 million followers as she zoomed in on her assistant, who was wearing the same hand masks. “And I just cleaned out the garbage!”

Drew proceeded to show fans how she also cleaned her daughter’s bathtub while wearing the gloves and vacuumed her living room. After completing her various tasks, the 45-year-old removed the masks and revealed soft and hydrated hands.

“Clean and moisturised! That’s what I call a two-fer,” she gushed.

Drew’s video quickly racked up over 825,000 views, with fans praising her down-to-earth approach to social media.

“You are so real! Thank you!” one wrote, while another added: “Love how you’re like all of us women, cleaning in our favourite sweatshirt, no make-up, and able to laugh along the way!”

A pair of Aveeno’s Repairing CICA Hand Masks is priced at $2.99 (£2.60). Designed for single use, the paraben-free and fragrance-free masks work in 10 minutes and don’t require any rinsing after removal.

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Drew Barrymore raves over drugstore eye cream

Drew Barrymore uses a drugstore product to help target dark under-eye circles.In the latest instalment of her “beauty junkie” videos on Instagram, the Hollywood actress/entrepreneur opened up about her skincare regime and highlighted the Olay Eyes Ulti…

Drew Barrymore uses a drugstore product to help target dark under-eye circles.

In the latest instalment of her “beauty junkie” videos on Instagram, the Hollywood actress/entrepreneur opened up about her skincare regime and highlighted the Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream as one of her absolute favourite formulas.

“If you can find an eye cream that actually has that peachy pigment, it will in itself fight (dark circles). I like to dab it on and then what I’ll do is, I’ll wear this out instead of concealer. I will go around with this eye cream,” she said, before demonstrating how she taps the cream underneath each eye. “The dark circle has disappeared at least 60, 70 per cent… it’s sort of the perfect alchemy of skincare as make-up.”

Drew went on to explain that it’s best to wear eye cream on its own.

“I don’t recommend putting make-up on top of eye creams, it can curdle like cream and a hot tomato sauce, and you don’t want that,” the 45-year-old insisted. “This on its own not only acts as a concealer, brightening and lightening the effect and look of a dark circle, but it is also taming the dark circle while you’re wearing it… I love this – it’s my tried and true.”

In addition, Drew also gushed over the Day Glow Highlighting Glaze from her Flower Beauty cosmetics brand, and Sunday Riley’s Good Genes, an exfoliating lactic acid treatment.

“I just do it maybe once, twice a week. It has this lemony fresh, sort of functional scent but it’s really great because it is kind of doing this amazing polish to your face. Don’t wear this out in the daylight, this is an indoor product,” she added.

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Drew Barrymore uses ice and eye drops to tackle adult acne

Drew Barrymore swears ice cubes and eye drops are the key to tackling adult acne.In the latest instalment of her “beauty junkie” videos on Instagram, the Hollywood actress/entrepreneur opened up about her recent battle with blemishes, noting that she c…

Drew Barrymore swears ice cubes and eye drops are the key to tackling adult acne.

In the latest instalment of her “beauty junkie” videos on Instagram, the Hollywood actress/entrepreneur opened up about her recent battle with blemishes, noting that she currently has the “skin of a prepubescent boy”.

However, Drew has found some success with holding ice cubes on any pesky pimples.

“I don’t know why, whoever is in charge of feminine situations up above, but I can’t stop breaking out lately. I don’t know what it is, I don’t know if it’s hormonal, I don’t know if it’s weather, I don’t know if it’s diet. I’m eating so clean, haven’t had a drink. I’m on the cleanest, clearest plan – I have been for months,” she shared. “I got his huge zit, popped it (best ever!) and then I put ice on it. This morning, it’s better. Although it’s bright red and hideous and scabbed over and not going to be easy to cover, it literally made all of that toxic swelling that happens from when you’re pushing on it… This should have lasted another day but by tomorrow, it’s going to be gone.”

Drew then went on to explain that she also dabs on a little Visine, a brand of eye drops, to relieve the surrounding redness.

“That Visine tricks works too. Put the Visine on the redness. And I swear to God, it really lightens it up,” the 45-year-old insisted.

And in another video, Drew told her 12 million followers about the Caudalie Purifying Mask and demonstrated how she uses it.

Made with soft, white clays that work to absorb and remove excess oils, the mother-of-two either uses the formula all over her face or as a spot treatment.

“I like to put a lot in the pore area, which is for me, my nose and cheek/chin area,” she added.

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Drew Barrymore launches collection of blue light glasses

Drew Barrymore has added blue light glasses to her Flower Eyewear line. The Charlie’s Angels actress launched Flower Beauty in 2013 and has since expanded the business to include make-up, perfume, and eyewear, with Flower Eyewear featuring a range of …

Drew Barrymore has added blue light glasses to her Flower Eyewear line.

The Charlie’s Angels actress launched Flower Beauty in 2013 and has since expanded the business to include make-up, perfume, and eyewear, with Flower Eyewear featuring a range of sunglasses, prescription spectacles, and reading glasses.

Drew has now introduced seven fresh styles as part of her new Blue Light collection. The glasses feature yellow-tinted lenses which help absorb blue light emitted from screens and block ultraviolet (UV) rays to protect the eyes and reduce fatigue.

“I wish people were going to be on their screens less, but my prediction is that they will not be,” the 45-year-old told People. “We’ve been in that category now with Flower for several years and I didn’t even need glasses when I started it. Now I need them because 40 is different than 45 and I loved designing them. Forty to 45, I have to start caring about wellness in a whole new way. So, if there’s something we can do to protect ourselves, wellness and eyewear is such a fun story for me.”

Styles include a round shape with tortoiseshell design, a round blue frame, and a round clear plastic frame, among others. All the products are available exclusively in U.S. store Walmart.

Drew launched the new eyewear collection last week and brought along her daughters Olive, seven, and Frankie, five, to the event. She also revealed to People that she lets them wear make-up from the Flower line.

“I just let them… I can’t work in make-up and not,” she explained. “They make messes when they put it on – Olive will do mascara right before bed and I’ll worry, ‘What’s your teacher going to think when Alice Cooper walks in?'”

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