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With new book, Drew Barrymore ‘feeling the most grown-up that I have ever felt’

“Hold on one second,” Drew Barrymore says for the first of several times.

You hold, and listen to a small voice whimpering in the background, then to Barrymore – her voice so familiar, from as far back as 1982’s “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” to as recently as a “Today” show appearance last month – singing.

“Baby, you,” she sings to her 18-month-old daughter, Frankie. “I got what you need.”

Another moment.

“OK,” Barrymore says, after everything and everyone has seemingly settled down.

It’s a theme now for Barrymore, after a life seemingly lived on impulse. Partying as a child, rehab at an early age, posing for Playboy, two marriages that each lasted about a year. She even flashed David Letterman on national TV.

Now, at 40, Barrymore is married to art consultant Will Kopelman and is the mother of two daughters, Olive, 3, and Frankie, 18 months.

Last month, she released “Wildflower,” a collection of autobiographical essays. Barrymore started to write after she scaled back her acting and work with her production company, Flower Films, to spend time with her daughters.

Work was “a bad man trying to take me away from my kids,” she told me. But writing, well, she could do that anytime_and the time felt right.

“It felt like a good midpoint, if I may be so lucky,” Barrymore said of writing the book. “I am definitely feeling the most grown-up that I have ever felt, incredibly content with my kids.

“It doesn’t mean that I am perfectly calm and knowledgeable,” she added. “I still feel birdbrained, trying to figure things out. But that quest to find things was gone.”

She landed on the idea of writing little stories; a fun format that she could manage in just two or three hours a day.

“I could think of a story, really focus on it, paint a picture of it,” she said. “I always wanted to write, and so I think that was the first big intention. To write in an unchronological, shuffled deck of cards. I didn’t want to write a memoir. I wanted it to be emotional.”

The stories are heartfelt and funny, written simply and honestly. There are no big revelations that aren’t already known: Her single mother, Jaid, raised her Bohemian-style in West Hollywood, where Jaid studied under acting icon Lee Strasberg, and brought her daughter to class. Over time, Strasberg’s wife, Anna, became Barrymore’s godmother.

Jaid also took her daughter on auditions, and at 6 she was cast by Steven Spielberg in “E.T.” The director is her godfather_and acts the part. In an essay titled “The Blue Angel,” Barrymore writes that when she posed for Playboy, Spielberg sent her a copy of the magazine doctored to look like she was wearing ’50s-style dresses, along with a quilt and a note that read “Cover up.”

And when Barrymore had her first daughter, Spielberg’s wife, Kate Capshaw, sent her a pink leather journal, with a note encouraging her to write every day. She does.

Barrymore’s father, John, was a barefoot mess who drifted in and out of her life before she finally found herself sitting beside his deathbed. Her mother isn’t part of her life, but Barrymore supports her, just as she did when she was a child.

She didn’t hesitate to share anything about her background, or her family.

“If anything, there are probably worse messages out there about them,” she said. “I thought this was more intimate and flattering and nice.”

She didn’t write anything about ex-boyfriends “or too much about my past,” she said. “This was the in-between moments and silly moments and surprising moments and those that influenced me more than I realized at the time.”

If anything, she said, she is more private than ever.

“I feel very old-fashioned about the way we put ourselves out there, and that goes for everyone,” she said, fretting about the effect social media will have on young people.

“I am raising two daughters, and it is a very tricky time. And so I thought, ‘Oh, my God, this book is going to be archaic and old-fashioned,’ and I was nervous about talking to the media.

“But I think it’s a nice respite from that kinetic energy. I was writing a love letter to my children.”

Earlier that day, she had gotten away to a kickboxing class, “and I got completely beat up by the instructor and it was super fun. Me and other middle-aged women with instructors asking them to play this part because it gets the job done.”

She is excited to do a book tour, something different from the usual movie junkets. Real people, real questions.

“I am going to do a reading at each one,” she said. “A little piece of the book, and they can hear my voice and the tone and everything.”

She isn’t sure who will come out to see and hear her, however.

“It will probably be a couple of weirdos and a folding table,” she laughed. “And me there with a Sharpie.”

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Hollywood Survivor Drew Barrymore: ‘I Had the Weirdest Life Ever’

Drew is featured on the cover of the new issue of People magazine which will hit stands on Friday. She talks about her daughters, her crazy childhood, and more.

Drew Barrymore knew she wanted to give her kids a “normal” childhood.

So when it came time to teaching her 3-year-old daughter, Olive, how to cook, Barrymore got her a bowl and taught her how to whisk eggs.

“She loves helping,” the actress tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. But putting Olive on the step stool so she could see the skillet concerned Barrymore. “If she burns herself, someone will say, ‘You are the biggest a-hole, why did you let her near a stove?'” Barrymore says. “I’m just trying to figure this all out.”

The actress is used to figuring just about everything out on her own. Since she found fame after her breakthrough role at age 7 in E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial, Barrymore “had the weirdest life ever,” which entailed pre-teen drinking and clubbing, going into an institution at 12 and living on her own by 15. But in her new book, Wildflower, the star reveals “the in-between moments” of the very public life she lived.

“I’m certainly not known for being boring,” she says. “But I also think things that are emotional and raw are also a lot lighter than they seemed. Someone once said to me, ‘But your life… it’s so sad.’ And I was like, ‘Well, no, it’s not to me, but I could see how you would think that.’ My life is amazing.”

Barrymore says she wrote the book for her daughters, Olive and Frankie, 18 months, with husband, art consultant Will Kopelman, 38. “When I first started having children, people were like, ‘Well, what are you going to tell them about [your upbringing]?’ And there was always a connotation and insinuation of, ‘You should be ashamed,'” she adds. “But that’s crazy. [My daughters] are going to know I’m not some holier-than-thou person who just doesn’t want them to live. I just want to guide them in the best way possible.”

For the actress, that means making her daughters a priority, a notion that she and Kopelman agree upon. “Honestly, I don’t know how it is for other couples but really I like watching him be a father,” Barrymore says. “I know everyone says you’re supposed to put your coupledom first. But I really love it being all about the kids. Maybe that’s my compensating for not having parents myself or a childhood but right now, the focus is about how we’re figuring things out as parents.”

Finding a balance between motherhood and work – her next film, Miss You Already hits theaters in November – means “not everything gets 100 percent all the time,” Barrymore adds. “I got into trouble saying, ‘You can’t have it all’ so I changed it to, ‘You can’t do it all.’ But you just can’t. It’s not physically possible. I’ll do my best. I’m a workhorse, I always have been, I always will be. But work is very much second to my kids.”

For more of our exclusive interview with Barrymore – in which she reveals her own memories of childhood and the happiness she’s found as a wife and mother – pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE on newsstands Friday

Drew Barrymore Says Relationship With Husband Will Kopelman ‘Was Never Really Love at First Sight’

Entertainment Tonight shared some excerpts from her InStyle interview. She talks about her husband Will and her new book Wildflower.

Love usually doesn’t happen like it does in fairy tales.

Drew Barrymore opened up about her husband, Will Kopelman, for InStyle magazine’s November issue recently, where the 40-year-old revealed that she didn’t realize he was “the one” right away.

“It was never really love at first sight,” Barrymore admitted. “Will struck a lot of my pragmatic sides. He was someone who was always reachable on the phone, someone who was a classy human being, someone who had this incredible blueprint of a family that I don’t have.”

“At the same time, what I love about him is that he embodies the power of choice,” she continued. “He chooses to be a good person every day.”

Barrymore, who married Kopelman in June 2012, also revealed their struggles saying, ”We’ve made many compromises and concessions, but when it comes to how we deliver likes and dislikes, we’re polar opposites. It’s still really hard.”

On the subject of love, the actress’ new memoir, Wildflower, intentionally avoids talking about Barrymore’s past relationships. She says this is out of respect for her and Kopelman’s daughters, 3-year-old Olive and 1-year-old Frankie.

“I felt it was inappropriate to discuss relationships and encounters I have had with another person,” Barrymore said. “I consciously chose not to include those. I want this book to be a love letter to my daughters, Frankie and Olive. They don’t need to know about my sex life.”

‘I Am Who I Am, and I Just Don’t Have a Bikini Body!’

People.com shares that Drew is going to be on InStyle magazine’s first virtual reality cover experience.

Drew Barrymore is one of our all-time favorite celebrities — she’s personable, fun, takes a great selfie and is always down to try something new. Which is why she was the perfect choice to test out InStyle‘s first-ever virtual reality cover experience. But inside, she was the same old Drew: Candid, charming and totally relatable on things including body image and what you really don’t want to know about your parents.

First and most important to Barrymore is to know thyself, and to then have a sense of humor about thyself. “I am who I am and I just don’t have a bikini body,” she says. “I don’t even have a one piece body anymore! But I am loving the long rash guard, board-shorts look.”

Though it’s not always easy to be so laid-back about it. “I’ve beaten myself up about not being a certain thing. If someone says, ‘Let’s go to the beach today,’ my first thought is, ‘F––, what am I going to wear?’ I remember when Amy Schumer was on Ellen, she called her midsection a ‘lava lamp.’ I thought, That was perfect! That’s what I’ve been trying to say. But then I saw her in Trainwreck, and she looked so good in a tiny bra and short skirt. I was like, ‘No, you don’t have a lava lamp.’”

She is more focused these days on passing on what she’s learned from her rollercoaster childhood. “I’m not going to pretend to my daughters that I’m pure as the driven snow… The best I can do is open up my heart to them. That’s soul-baring enough,” she explains. “Making bad decisions doesn’t make you a bad person. It is how you learn to make better choices.”

And one better choice she intends to make? Not embarrassing her kids with her new book of personal essays, Wildflower, which she calls “a love letter” to her daughters. “My own mother, Jaid, wrote a book on sex, and it was the most mortifying feeling in the world,” she says.” So I know how a child feels when their parents put themselves out there too much, and I will never do that to my daughters. There are some things about your parents you just don’t need to know.”

Drew Barrymore on Meeting Toni Collette Before Filming Miss You Already

Drew talked with People.com about meeting Toni and about filming together on Miss You Already.

When two actresses meet each other for the first time before filming, there’s no way to predict what the chemistry will be like.

But in Miss You Already, a story about the complexity of female friendship, chemistry was the most important factor for the film. Luckily for Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette, they hit it off right away.

“We unzipped and jumped right in,” Barrymore, 40, tells PEOPLE at the Toronto International Film Festival. “We really got along and we liked each other. We had the electric connection and you can’t fake it. You hope for it, but you don’t know what it’s going to be like when you show up.

Collette, 42, noted that the two women had mutual friends but that they had never really gotten to know each other before taking on the roles. As soon as they began working, though, forming a friendship was “instant and easy,” she said.

Miss You Already tells the story of two lifelong best friends at different crossroads in their lives. Their friendship is put to the test when one starts a family and the other is diagnosed with cancer.

“This [story] is such a celebration of life,” Barrymore says. “You’re not always perfect and weepy. You’re selfish and you’re angry and it’s humorous and you make each other laugh – you’re connected, you’re distant. Lifelong friendship takes so many extraordinary things – it’s birth, it’s death, and that’s what’s all in this film somehow in the most unheavy-handed way.”

Miss You Already made its debut at the film festival on Saturday. It will hit theaters everywhere on Nov. 6.

Drew Barrymore says ‘E.T. 2’ will never happen

As a mom to two young daughters, Drew Barrymore doesn’t have a ton of time right now to be acting in films. Unless you can make her cry.

Barrymore and Toni Collette (United States of Tara) star in Miss You Already, a heartstring-plucking drama about lifelong friends Jess (Barrymore) and Milly (Collette) coping with Milly’s breast cancer. It premiered Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival and opens wide on Nov. 6

When Barrymore’s agent insisted she read the script, she did so while holding then-newborn daughter Frankie in her arms and trying to feed toddler Olive breakfast.

“I was trying to hide my tears from my daughter because I didn’t want to scare her,” said Barrymore, who was so taken with the story that she couldn’t say no.

While she likely won’t be pouring drinks at homey dive bar Sweaty Betty’s on this visit to Toronto – as she famously did in 2009, during the wrap party for her movie Whip It – Barrymore loves the Toronto International Film Festival vibe.

“It just has a focus that’s the greatest place to show movies,” Barrymore said. “It’s twofold – the audiences are extraordinary, and the festival is like the most important festival on a business level. I mean, if you get into Toronto, it’s a serious deal.”

With Barrymore balancing parenting, film production and her successful cosmetics company, time is perhaps her most precious commodity. But she realizes that if there’s going to be another Charlie’s Angels movie – Barrymore starred in and produced the 2000 and 2003 instalments – time is running out.

“I’m like, ‘We’d better do this before we’re all in wheelchair,’ because that’s more of like the Naked Gun version,” Barrymore said. “Everyone’s life is in a very distinct place, and movies are not the universe of a bunch of people who were involved in making the first two. So it’s tricky, but we talk about it very seriously.”

But despite any rumours you may have heard, one thing that’s never going to happen is a sequel to 1982’s E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, the Steven Spielberg classic that made seven-year-old Drew Barrymore a household name.

“He does not ever want to make a sequel to that,” Barrymore said of her friend and godfather, Spielberg. “He didn’t at the time, and he doesn’t now. That would be really weird.”

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“I Don’t Care to Be Perfect!”

Drew is featured in the new issue of In Touch Weekly Magazine … here is a highlight of her interview.

Despite more than three decades in show business, Drew Barrymore doesn’t bother trying to meet Hollywood’s absurd standards of perfection.

“I really don’t care about that,” Drew tells In Touch.

In the new issue, the mother-of-two reveals what’s really important to her.

“I just need to be a mom and get through every day, like most women.”

Drew explains how the pressure to look a certain way in image-obsessed Hollywood doesn’t affect her, especially after becoming a mother.

“Have you seen me photographed on the street?” Drew quips, “I think that answers your question.”

Drew has always been that carefree, confident woman, telling In Touch: “I was pretty damn confident in my 20s. I wore slips on the red carpet. Now I’m in muumuus! I was brave because I wasn’t really thinking about anything, just being. Now I’m much more conservative, especially being a mom.”

“I love the very exposed, humorous, imperfect, never-trying-to-pretend to-be-perfect journey that I have been on in my life.”

For the full interview with Drew, including her biggest challenge as a mom and if she is planning on more children, pick up the latest issue of In Touch, on newsstands now!

Drew Barrymore reveals her girl crush and how long it actually takes her to get ready!

A cute article where she talks about her “girl crush” and about her must do’s for her looks!

Sure, she’s married to a handsome art dealer, but Drew Barrymore admitted she’s got a tiny crush on someone else.

“Emma Stone. She’s the greatest. There are many women I find beautiful – but Emma Stone,” Barrymore dished at an event for her Flower Beauty line. “I met her a few times. I think she knows I have a secret girl crush.”

The stunning star, 40, who shares two adorable kiddos with husband Will Kopelman, says her husband has his own way of admitting he’s got a crush on her though. “He’s always very complimentary when I don’t wear any makeup. And he always says, ‘You do your own makeup so well’ when I do. ‘And I am always like thank you!'”

The busy mom confessed that while her beauty line for Walmart, which now boasts eyewear, fragrance, and makeup collections, has been a massive success – she rarely has time to get gussied up when she steps out, let alone pile on makeup.

“I don’t wear makeup every day, I don’t wear makeup most days. But that has nothing to do with how I approach my makeup line,” she shared. “Five minutes [to get ready] is a luxury, two minutes is reality, 30 seconds is the norm.”

Although even with limited time, she’s got an immediate trick to kick up her sexy factor –“Red lips and high heels! It’s an immediate transformation. It’s crazy evolution in two seconds,” she gushed. The Rose Bud and Cactus Flower lip colors from her Flower line are total musts too if you want to steal her look. “Rose Bud is a universal red.”

We have to admit – that’s one tip we can’t disagree with.

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