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Drew Barrymore talks parenting, husband, life lessons

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

Drew Barrymore (photographed by Michelangelo Di Battista) is on the cover of the September issue of InStyle magazine. It will arrive on newsstands Aug. 16 but here are some excerpts courtesy of the magazine. 
 
blogbarrymorecoverOn parenting:  “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. 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?”
 
On growing her family:  “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. 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!”
 
On her husband, Will, and entering her 40s:  “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! 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.”
 
On 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. 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.”
 
For more of Ariel Foxman’s interview with Drew Barrymore, 
 
Barrymore’s cover ensemble, by the way: Marc Jacobs shirt and skirt, Chanel earrings and bracelet, Bulgari bracelets, Meredith Wendell belt, her own rings. 
 
 

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