Drew Barrymore, 38, is dishing on being a mom and getting ready to enter her 40s in a new interview for InStyle's September issue, in which she also reveals that she definitely wants to have more children with husband Will Kopelman!
"I was an only child, and it was lonely. Some people love it and thrive on the independence, but I want my kids to have other kids around," she tells the magazine candidly. "Maybe two kids so they can run around life together, roll their eyes at their parents together like Rusty and Audrey Griswold from [National Lampoon's] Vacation. So however that's going to come about, it’s gonna happen!"
Drew and Will, whom she married last June, already have a daughter together, one-year-old Olive.
"I love the person who said, "'Parenting is like wearing your heart on the outside of your body.' It's the most beautiful, perfect analogy," she says about her new role as a parent. "I have anxieties about how much I'd like to get it right, making sure I provide her [Olive] with an environment that's safe, nurturing, and loving. And silly and free, also consistent and grounding. Then I just have the same typical fear every other parent has: Are they going to fall down?"
Though thankfully, she has Will to balance her out.
"Will and I are a nice balance of opposition and similarities. He always says, 'being calm is so important.' Because I tend to be not calm. I probably act more like a chicken with its head cut off!," she admits. "But I can also be very strong. I'm entering my 40s, and now I get to step back and take these incredible, extraordinary life experiences and life lessons and apply them to being a parent."
Getting ready to enter her 40s, the former troubled child star has definitely learned a few important life lessons.
"Nothing comes for free. Life does not provide you with an easy ride. You have to face really deep internal and sometimes external challenges," she reflects. "It’s so humbling. Not to take away from the really big obstacles everybody faces, but I've also learned you just have realize how ridiculous certain things can be."
InStyle's September 2013 issue hits newsstands and is available for download to your tablet on August 16.