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Drew Barrymore talks motherhood, cooking with Cameron Diaz


Drew Barrymore is opening up about her life as a mom. Before she and hubby Will Kopelman welcomed their second daughter Frankie on April 22, the 'Blended' star told Red, "I am loving being a mom."
"Olive is a year and a half now so (the girls) will be close together in age," she continued. "I think, just get it done - it will be awesome!"
The 39-year-old actress said being a hands-on mother is very important to her, adding that there's nothing she loves more than private family time. "We spend every weekend together," Barrymore continued. "We don't have a babysitter. It's just us. I can't wait to see how that's going to work out with the second one!"
As Barrymore dished on her experiences as a mother, she also talked about her own childhood, revealing what it was like to grow up with her dad absent from most of her life.
"My parents split up before I was born and my dad was just never capable of being a father," she said. "It's something I really accepted and became okay with early on. But it's shocking to me that someone can make that choice. As much as I accepted it with him, I could never accept it in a partner. For some people showing up is just not possible and that is incredibly frustrating. When you become a parent and think about what kids need, it is very emotional."
Experiencing that, makes her appreciate fathers like her pal Adam Sandler even more, who has a relationship with his daughters that she said is "touching".
"There are moments in (my new) film ('Blended') that really get me - like the way Adam is with his on-screen daughters is so good, it breaks my heart," she went on. "That's how he is with his own kids, and it's very touching. I also really related to the tantrum scene. When my daughter's in the middle of somewhere having a little meltdown, you feel like you're the only person in the world dealing with that. But it's also really funny and silly, too."
In addition to her role as a working mom, Barrymore would also love to become a better cook for her family. During her pregnancy, she attended culinary school in Napa Valley with her BFFs Cameron Diaz and Reese Witherspoon, and plans to go to cooking school in the summer.
"I really love cooking, it makes me so happy. But I'm terrible at it," she said. "None of it is effortless or sexy or even tastes that good for that matter, but I'm really working on it. I might travel somewhere to do it, and bring the family. I love cooking for Olive now, but I used to be Mrs Takeout. I've just never learned to cook in my life. Cameron's a great cook, and always has been. I'm just trying to catch up to that."
As for other things in her future, the thespian said she probably won't be directing again any time soon, although she previously directed a few films including 2009's 'Whip It'.
"I'm interested in directing in the future but that is such an all-consuming job," Barrymore said. "When the kids are in school and they don't need me all day long, maybe there's a way to balance it. Other people have figured it out so there must be a math to it. I wouldn't trade bringing up my kids to do that but in a few years I'd like to think about it again." Barrymore's Red June issue hits stands on Thursday. 

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