Drew Barrymore has been a celebrity for yonks – can you believe E.T. was made in 1982, 30 years ago??? – and it hasn’t always been smooth sailing. There was drug addiction and promiscuity and all kinds of debauchery, and it was unclear whether she would ever really get her life together. Well, spoiler alert: SHE TOTALLY HAS. After marrying longtime boyfriend Will Koppelman, the couple welcomed a baby girl, Olive, late last year.
Parenthood changes a lot of people – most people, really – and it’s certainly opened Drew’s eyes to the reality of celebrity life and her desire to keep Olive as far away from it as possible.
From Harper’s Bazaar:
“I know she didn’t sign up for that,” she says about Olive’s being born into the glare of attention that comes with her mother’s 30-plus years of fame—thanks in part to Barrymore’s legendary acting lineage and her own star turn at the tender age of six in E.T. “I had such an exposed childhood,” she says. “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.”
Good thinking, Drew.