In Hollywood, there’s barely any stories that match Drew Barrymore’s touch-and-go trajectory in the industry. Barrymore’s childhood was erratic due to the addiction that she grew up around. Later on, when she was in her teens she would have to publicly go through her own addiction troubles.
The actress gained recognition in the industry as a small child when she starred in the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982. At the time Barrymore was only 6-years-old. Barrymore comes from a long history of actors and actresses. Her father, John Barrymore, and mother, Jaid Barrymore, were both actors in the industry. Her grandparents were also acting greats. John died in 2004, while Jaid is still alive, but is estranged from Drew.
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So with that, one would think that the actress would be completely against her children following in her footsteps. That said, it sounds like Barrymore would be completely supportive — with one caveat. According to Barrymore, her children would have to be of age before they got involved in acting.
Lucky for Drew, it’ll be awhile before she sees her children get to 18. Currently her daughters (Olive and Frankie) are 3-years-old and 18-months old. Barrymore told People magazine that she will be “one hundred percent” supportive of her two daughters, but they won’t be child actresses like she was.
Barrymore explained, “Not even a little. 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!”
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Even though Barrymore struggled in the public eye, she took away a lot of invaluable lessons from growing up in Hollywood. “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.”
Recently Barrymore has been out of the spotlight raising her two daughters. Now, we’re finding out an illness kept her away, although she kept quite busy writing her first book Wildflower.
As for her book, “Wildflower” explores Drew’s life stories, which includes introspection about her childhood, adventures, and many challenges. The book details how she lived on her own at 14, and got emancipated from her mother, and saying goodbye to her father. The book also covers how she bounced back and found success and happiness. This is the first book written by Barrymore.
During the press for Wildflower, the actress admitted that she suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her second child, Frankie.
As the Inquisitr reported, Barrymore told People magazine about her difficult time following her second child.
“The second time, I was like, ‘Oh, whoa, I see what people talk about now. I understand. It’s a different type of overwhelming with the second. I really got under the cloud.”
Barrymore isn’t the first public figure to talk about postpartum depression. Actress Brooke Shields famously spoke out about it, and was subsequently shamed by Tom Cruise. Following Shields, Gwyneth Paltrow, Amanda Peet, Courteney Cox, Bryce Dallas Howard, Carnie Wilson, and Hayden Panettiere all opened up about their experiences with postpartum depression.
In recent years Barrymore has taken a step back from the big screen and has flexed her muscles as a producer. Recently she’s produced the TV series Knife Fight, and the two upcoming movies How to Be Single, and Freak Show.
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