Drew Barrymore had a famously rocky childhood, as described in her book Little Girl Lost, that included drinking, smoking pot, and doing cocaine by the time she was just 12 years old.
However, she expects a much different life for her daughter, Olive, who was born to Barrymore and husband Will Kopelman in September. The "Wedding Singer" actress reveals in a new interview with Harper's Bazaar that she's taking the role of motherhood very seriously.
"When my daughter was born, I thought to myself, 'How do I go past infinity with my efforts and care? I asked my mother-in-law questions. I psycho-stalked all of the nurses with so many questions. I asked every single question," she says with a laugh. "I'm a real stay-at-home mom. I'm really hands-on. Everything else became secondary."
Barrymore — who turns 38 on February 22 — is adamant that Olive's early years will be much different than her own.
"I had such an exposed childhood," Barrymore explains. "I appreciate my journey, but I don't want that for my kid. Not any of it. It has nothing to do with whether I liked my childhood. I really did. But as a parent, that isn't the childhood that I'd provide."
In fact, she's so desperate to keep her daughter out of the spotlight that when Olive was born, Barrymore worked hard to keep her arrival a secret for almost a week.
"I definitely needed some time," Barrymore says. "For a solid six weeks, I was hiding like the Unabomber. Because I live my life in the public eye, and I didn't want that for her." Olive, she adds, "didn't sign up for that."
Even in the privacy of her own home, Barrymore plans to lay out some pretty typical ground rules. For example, she tells Us Weekly that her little one will not be able to wear makeup until she's a teen.
"Kids shouldn't wear makeup, I strongly feel that way," she tells Us. "You should be a kid for as long as possible. I think when you start getting in your teens, then all bets are off, and you should just play, play, play. And figure out what kind of woman you want to be — the training wheels are off. So kids in makeup, no. Starting in your teen years, absolutely go for it, and start to discover who you are."
The makeup rule is kind of a big deal, since Barrymore is obsessed with face paint. She's so passionate about it that she was a CoverGirl spokesmodel for six years, and now she's created her own cosmetics line, called Flower, available exclusively at Walmart stores. That love of makeup is something she'd be happy to share with Olive — in about 13 years.
"It was very romantic for me to make this while she was growing inside me," she shares with Harper's Bazaar. "I like the multigenerational-family aspect, in the vein of a Lauder — if we're so lucky that it stays around that long. She may want to be a food stylist, a mathematician, a scientist who will save us all. I just know that the family part really appeals to me."
Read Barrymore's full interview in the March issue of Harper's Bazaar, on newsstands February 12.
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