It's no secret Drew Barrymore cherishes her family.
In her new book Wildflower — dedicated to daughters, Olive, 3, and Frankie, 18 months — the 40-year-old actress writes about growing up in the public eye after her rise to fame in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
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In a recent interview while promoting the memoir, Will Kopelman's wife shared:
"It was such a private, quiet thing to write the book. It was just for me. My girlfriends aren't even in it enough as far as I'm concerned because they are such a big part of my life. They seem like just my friends, but my friends were like my first family. But it was a very quiet thing. I really dedicate it to my kids."
The 50 First Dates star — who had a notoriously troubled childhood and became a legally emancipated adult by the age of 15 — says she will "one hundred percent" encourage her little ones should they decide to enter the biz, but not until they're older:
"Not until they're 18. I know it sounds crazy, but I want them to be kids. But I would by no means poo-poo a thing I love so much! People ask in a weird way, ‘Would you let them be actors?!' I'm like, ‘What are you insinuating, that acting is so horrible?' What is it that you are saying?' It's wonderful, of course I would encourage it! They just have to be kids."
After witnessing some of the horrible paths child stars have faced, it makes sense!
Miz Barrymore is taking advice from the best in the industry:
"I think I heard Meryl Streep say something like, ‘I let my kids be in school plays when they were teenagers,' And I'm like, ‘Ooh, I don't even know if that's true but that sounds good.' Whatever Meryl says."
Can't go wrong with that!
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