Drew Barrymore Reveals Her Daughters Want to Be Actresses: “They’ve Got the Barrymore Gene!”
Just like their mama! In a new interview, Drew Barrymore revealed her two young daughters, Olive, 5, and Frankie, 3, already want to become actresses. “All they want to do is get onstage. They’ve got the Barrymore gene! We went to The Sound of Music, they’re like, ‘I just want up on the stage.’ We go to the Amazing Bubble Show, they’re like, ‘I just want on the stage,'” Drew, 43, gushed.
Drew herself comes from a Hollywood dynasty family and has been acting her entire life — her first major film role was in 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial when she was seven years old — but that doesn’t mean she wants her girls to be performers, too. “As of today, I would say Olive is a vet and Frankie’s a ballerina,” the proud mom told Savannah Guthrie on Tuesday, March 20’s Today broadcast.
In fact, Drew has admitted her career has been tough on her family in the past, especially when she has to be away from her kids for days on end. “It’s all in the tone. I had an enlightened conversation with a girlfriend 10 years ago, and she made me aware, in a few sentences, and then I emulated it for myself in this modern time of my life. Which is if you say, ‘I have to go to work, but you know what? I’ll be back soon,’ to a child, that’s like work is the bad man taking you away from them. And also work is just a yucky, negative thing,” Drew explained.
“Instead, I’m like, ‘I am going to my awesome job and I love it, but I will be right back.’ I balance so much time spending with them that I think they’ve developed a trust that when I say I’m gonna be back and hang out with them for days on end, they believe it,” she continued. “Work is the road to your dreams. And they’re gonna need to know that, and they’re gonna wanna do something in the world themselves, and so I try to position it as the road to your dreams.”