Drew Barrymore On Motherhood: “It’s Just Joy”

During a Sunday appearance on Oprah’s Next Chapter, actress Drew Barrymore opened up about her 3-month-old daughter Olive and the joys of new motherhood.

The E.T. star said motherhood is “like having the worst crush of your life,” and went on to share a particularly precious photo of her baby girl decked out as a lobster in the pot for Halloween. “It’s the best picture ever!” the Big Miracle star gushed.

After welcoming her first child in September with husband Will Kopelman, the former child star – who went through rehab at age 13 – went on to gush about the joys of new motherhood.

“I drive home with heart palpitations, like, I can’t wait to get to her. I think, ‘You know, is she gonna call? Will she ask me to spend the night?,’ ” she joked.

And although she’s “not a morning person,” Drew said, “I wake up every morning – and it’s a newfound joy that I have in the morning hours – I get to wake her up, and she’s so fun and always smiling and doesn’t have this history of all these thoughts you wake up with as an adult…It’s just joy!”

Drew also talked about her long-estranged mother, Jaid, who did not attend her wedding.

“She was not there actually, which was really hard,” said Drew, who was legally emancipated from her mother as a teen. “We both discussed it and thought it would be best. We really spoke about it — that’s where I feel like a grownup, with my mom.”

Jaid has not met her grandchild, either. “We’ve only been in Los Angeles, we haven’t traveled with [Olive] yet,” Barrymore explained.

Drew goes on to talk about her troubled childhood, and how she will raise her own daughter with proper guidance.

“I will absolutely instill in her that you cannot be ashamed of the journey that it took to get where you are if you are proud of yourself,” the actress, 37, shared.

“But I will also try to instil on her that I did not have guidance and that is why I lived my life that way,” Drew added. “And although I am proud of it and I don’t want to spend the rest of my life regretting it, there is no option for her to take that path because she has guidance.”

The thoughtful actress will be the kind of mother she always wanted to have.

“I will be there at 3pm in the school line waiting to pick her up, that’s first and foremost,” Drew said. “I think that’s as a kid what I craved the most, was just believing that was going to be there. Being there in that school line,” she said. “I think the world offers so many wonderful varieties of obstacles but that shouldn’t be one for kids – is the worry that my parent won’t be there.”

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  • Soraya

    I am so so happy for her happiness <3. She is shining and her face is screaming joy! Drew deserves the best.

  • Jane

    I am so sick of stars gushing over their new babies. Of course they are in absolute blistfull love! What’s not to love about a healthy happy baby that has 3 people look after her? These stars don’t have to worry about finances, they have a nanny (or nannies, even when they are home full time! – until they CHOOSE to work).
    I hope they are grateful because not everyone has these blessings and the only star I’ve heard appreciate all this is Pink (aka Alecia Moore).
    Let’s hope the stars children continue to be ‘pefect’ because it gets a lot harder as they grow up

  • Allison

    I don’t understand how motherhood can be this way for so many celebs. I have 2 kids, both healthy, funny, smart…..but…..I would not describe motherhood this way…. I don’t think I would have described it this way when they were newborns. But I love my kids and would do anything for them. I just don’t get how celeb mom after celeb mom can describe being a mom this way. Am I missing something?

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