During a Thursday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, E.T. star Drew Barrymore opened up about peacefully co-parenting her two daughters — Olive, 4, and Frankie, 2½ — with ex-husband Will Kopelman.
“It’s interesting, I saw this article the other day written about me — and I never see articles written about me — and it was like, ‘My Modern Family.’ And I was like, ‘I like that; that has a nice ring to it,’ ” the Blended star, 41, said.
She added: “I so wanted to raise kids in this ultra-traditional way and do everything so the polar opposite of my experience.”
The mom-of-two is sure to walk the walk, and talk the talk with her blended family.
“It really is about the tone you set. And you can talk until you’re blue in the face, but kids watch what you do every single day of your life, all day long, and that behavior and that example and that love and community and honesty is what’s making everything feel safe for my kids,” the Santa Clarita Diet actress shared.
It’s all about family for the single mom.
“That’s really the intention I had as a parent was, ‘How do my kids have this incredible sense of freedom inside their heart?’ ” she shared. ” ‘Cause they know I’ve got them and their dad’s got them and Grammy and Poppy — I’m wearing Grammy’s necklace right now — their cousins and [Will’s sister Jill Kargman].”
She added: “I got two families. I went from like zero to two, and it’s a miracle and a blessing. And we do it in a way that I think a lot of other people are probably doing it too. And sometimes, again, the road is different than what you try to make it or what you expected and you just figure it out and you figure it out with grace.”
Watch for Drew’s upcoming show, Santa Clarita Diet, which premieres on Netflix Friday.