Celebrity mom Drew Barrymore opens up to Marie Claire in their February issue. Drew talks family, friendships, and her desire for a third baby! The actress, who is pregnant with baby #2 and is mom to Olive, also talks about her painful past and relationship with her mother.
On her childhood and teenage years: “When I was a kid, everything was so unplanned, my parents were so erratic, and my world was so inconsistent…I was 14 when I moved into my own apartment. I was so scared. I didn’t know anything. I didn’t know you had to throw food out when it rotted in the fridge. I was convinced someone was going to crawl through my window. I would go to the Laundromat and sit there reading Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath.”
On growing up without a family and her loyalty to her friends, including Cameron Diaz: “I hated growing up alone. I hated it…I don’t fuck anyone over. My friends are the loves my life.”
On her relationship with her mother, Jaid Barrymore: “Ugh, I mean, my relationship with my mom is so complicated that…I’ve always been empathetic toward my mom, and I was even more so when I had a kid and we had a really amazing conversation about it. However, it hasn’t enabled me to lessen the distance. It’s the hardest subject in my life. I’ve never just been angry with her. I’ve always felt guilt and empathy and utter sensitivity. But we can’t really be in each other’s lives at this point.”
On marrying into Will Kopelman’s tight-knit family: “I didn’t think I would ever get to experience that. This is so safe and positive and healthy because they have their values intact. It was huge for me. And that’s what I want for my family.”
On the modern world: “I’m so weary of the modern world. I’m not really of this era, so I’m struggling with that…I don’t want to talk about sex anymore. I used to be so open. But now people are like, ‘Let’s explore our sexuality!’ And I’m like, ‘Let’s not!’ I’m such a prude these days.”
On baby #3? “I think I’d like to have more. In the back of my head, I’m already timing if I was to have another when that would occur.”
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