Currently expecting her second child, actress Drew Barrymore covers the February issue of Marie Claire and opens up about her happy family life with husband Will Kopelman and their 15-month-old daughter Olive. She goes on to talk about being estranged from her mother Jaid Barrymore, her troubled childhood, and her hopes for a third child.
On having a third baby one day: “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.”
On cooking: “I looooove cookbooks. I cook a lot when I’m pregnant. When I got pregnant the first time, I couldn’t even boil water. Now I can make the most spectacular slow-roasted pork tacos you will ever have, an incredible verde sauce with ancho chilies—so f-cking good. [And I just learned to make] a Greek yogurt pie with lemon zest and pepper filling on a gingersnap crust with black seedless grape compote. Amazing!”
On being estranged from her mother: “Ugh, I mean, my relationship with my mom is so complicated. 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, [becoming a mom] 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 her troubled childhood: “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. I hated growing up alone. I hated it. I don’t f— anyone over. My friends are the loves my life.”
On her in-laws: “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. Sometimes whom you least expect is the person you fall for. It was a combination of moments: watching her with my nephew. Traveling with her. Going to museums with her. I knew, adding them up, this was it.”
For more from Drew, go to Marie Claire…