Drew Barrymore: Women Can’t Have It All

New mom Drew Barrymore is keeping it real.

When asked how she does it all, she replied at Lucky‘s Fashion and Beauty Blog Conference Thursday in Los Angeles: “I can’t and I don’t.”

She added: “It sucks when you’ve worked really hard for certain things and you have to give them up because you know that you’re going to miss out on your child’s upbringing, or you realize that your relationship has suffered.”

Being a new mom to 6-month-old Olive — her first child with husband Will Kopelman — Drew has had to take a break from directing.

“I can’t direct right now because I would miss out on my daughter,” she explained. “It was heartbreaking to let it go, but it was a clear choice.”

“I was raised in that generation of women can have it all, and I don’t think you can,” she added. “I think some things fall off the table. The good news is, what does stay on the table becomes much more in focus and much more important.”

While she is not currently directing films, the first-time mom has two new businesses under her belt: Barrymore Wines and Flower cosmetics.

“The work-at-home component is brilliant,” the actress, 38, said. “I was doing all my business meetings between 12 and 2 because that’s when my daughter was napping, and it helped tremendously!”

But that’s not to say she doesn’t suffer from mommy guilt every now and again.

“I feel guilty all the time — but you combat it by being a superhero,” she said. “When you go out there in the world you have to remember, ‘I’m doing the best I can, I’m doing it for them, and I’m going to be there for them too. I’m just going to figure out the balance.’”


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  1. Her comment about not being able to have it all dose not add up. Because she still working and being with her child, which means she is having it all she just found a job that works for her life style.

    That makes me question dose she really knows what it means to have it all.

    • She’s not directing movies, which is something she wants to do, but can’t or won’t, because it would take away from her child. She’s saying she can’t do everything she wants. It doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a wonderful life, she just had to prioritize.

  2. I think she’s great…seriously biggest girl crush of my whole life lol. I’ve also enjoyed watching her evolution.

    There’s no such thing as having it all, it’s a general statement that does more harm than good. It’s like the word perfection, people use those words so loosely. It’s all perspective based on the yard stick and the judge.

    Maybe a nice strong Jewish man was what she needed the entire time?

  3. What I have learnt in life is that nobody can have it “all”. I love her comment about the table, that is so true! Everybody can have THE ALL they make their priority which is still pretty sweet.

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