It’s only been a few weeks since Drew Barrymore announced her divorce from husband Will Kopelman, but the actress says she’s got a lot to be happy about.
Her family keeps her uplifted and she knows all of her experiences through life have been gathering to guide her and can be applied to her most important role: motherhood.
On Sunday, Barrymore attended the Safe Kids Day 2016 at Smashbox Studios and shared with reporters, “I just feel like my whole life was collecting things in a butterfly net of experience. What to do, what not to do, how to live, how not to live, how to be free, happy. Just gaining every bit of wisdom that I could, all for that because I cannot remember life before kids. It seems like a dream.”
Her days are filled with happiness thanks to her daughters Frankie, 2, and Olive, 3. The words of other women also keep Barrymore inspired and in a good place.
She shared with the reporters a mantra that means a lot to her, that she heard from another mom.“She said, “I can’t wait to go to work, and I can’t wait to get home.’ And I thought, that sums up a great womanhood to me.”
Barrymore’s love for her girls is not only in her heart, but also etched in her skin, literally. The 41-year-old mother showed off her new ink on Instagram; a tattoo of her daughter’s names on her right wrist.
On her way to an appointment, Barrymore walked by a tattoo shop and decided on a whim to stop in. “I walked in and was like, ‘who is available to do a tattoo…quickly. Like right now?’ And this guy came up and was like, ‘Yeah, I can.’ And so I was like, ‘I am going to write this down on a piece of paper, and then can you just transfer it onto my arm?’ So, it’s my handwriting.”
Whimsical enough for an actress who’s been in the business for over three decades, and for someone who never thought they’d find the kind of happiness they now have. Barrymore says she wouldn’t even know what to tell her younger self if given the chance, and it probably wouldn’t have mattered either way.
“I wouldn’t have listened, so I wouldn’t even bother,” she says with a smile. “But everyone wishes that they could know what they know now in a romantic and poetic way because I am so happy now and I have such a good thing in my life with my kids.”
Barrymore continues saying, “There is always that want to go into that 12-year-old’s room and say, ‘it’s going to be alright. It’s actually going to be great!’” With a thoughtful smile she adds, “Maybe I would have listened to that.”