November 07, 2014
Drew Barrymore talks motherhood, acting less… and desk job ‘fantasy’

This morning Drew was interviewed on the Today show by Savannah Guthrie.

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From flower child to CEO of Flower, her very own beauty brand, Drew Barrymore has had quite the career evolution since her days as the adorably pigtailed little sister from “E.T.”

These days, the mother of 2-year-old Olive and 6-month-old Frankie is spending less time reading scripts and more time in a lab coat, as she juggles parenthood and her ever-growing makeup business. Here’s what she revealed when she sat down with fellow new mom, TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie, to talk business and babies.

1. On how her turbulent childhood shaped her ‘very traditional’ parenting style

“I had a very untraditional upbringing, so I looked at it from afar and just thought, ‘Well that’s the exact opposite of how I’d want to raise my kids.’ But it doesn’t make me bummed out that I didn’t have parents. It’s like, thank God that I didn’t because maybe I wouldn’t be this aggressively excited about tradition and values and Christmas cards and Halloween costumes… and being so present.”

2. On her next career move

“I think I will act less and less…I find the hours at this point in my life too difficult with kids,” she says. “It’s hard to be present when you wake up before them and come home after they’ve gone to bed. That’s just not the way I want to have this journey with my kids at this point in their life. But maybe when they’re older, I will feel differently.”

3. She’s actually really jealous of your job

“I would love to be a CEO! I’ve always had that desk fantasy and normal office job.”

4. Why she’s glad to be turning 40

“I’m so relieved to be 40. I’ve already started saying I’m 40 and my husband’s like, ‘Honey, you’re still 39. Why are you saying you’re 40?’… I’m just so excited! It feels good. It feels right.”

5. What she’d say to her 20-year-old self

“I don’t think she would have listened. Unfortunately I know that I’d be wasting my breath.”

6. On her basic beauty philosophy

“I just think that every woman, naked in her closet, has the things that she’s liking and battling with … It’s like when I go and try on clothes in a dressing room, I try to be excited about the things that are looking good, as opposed to that pile that really made me feel horrible … And you appreciate every moment, ’cause it’s only gonna sag more. So let’s appreciate today and be brave.”

7. What makeup item she’d bring to a desert island

“It was Skincognito, our foundation stick, but now it’s the DB Highlighter Roller Ball. I’m obsessed. I love things that are, in one, able to cover blue and red and brown and purple. Because that’s the colors you have on your face. I have blue eyes, or purple blue, I have red capillaries, I have brown sun damage. And then you get the odd spot that’s bright red; I need something that can cover all those colors.”

8. Will she have more kids?

“I’m open-minded about it. We’re really happy with where we are … So I think if we got pregnant we’d be the happiest people on Earth, and then we’d just feel even luckier. I think we’d also be completely content to stay right where we are.”

9. On what motivates her

“I have no idea! It’s the weirdest thing. I think it’s just a mind that always is working and, instead of shutting it down, I embrace it.”

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