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Drew Barrymore talks motherhood: 'I am who I am because of my daughters'

She grew up too fast due to fame and a fractured family, but Drew Barrymore wants something different for her daughters.
/ Source: TODAY

Drew Barrymore lived her childhood in the spotlight, landing her first big-screen role at age 5 in "Altered States" and becoming a household name by age 7 with the release of "E.T."

But along with fame and a fractured family life came smoking, drinking, drug use and rehab at just 13 years old.

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2015 file photo, Drew Barrymore poses for a portrait to promote her new book \"Wildflower,\" in New York. Barrymore, 40, who launched her Flower brand of affordable cosmetics exclusively at Wal-Mart in 2013, says she’s in discussions with various retailers overseas to sell her cosmetics in such countries as China, South America, Australia and United Kingdom. She’ll also be launching her own e-commerce business later this year. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)Amy Sussman / AP

The actress, director, author and entrepreneur has thrived since then, of course, and it's no surprise that she wants a much better start for her own young daughters.

"I'm an overachiever parent, and not because I think I'm going to repeat the patterns of my parents," she explained in an interview with Good Housekeeping. "That's not my fear — I've already broken that pattern in my life. But having grown up in the opposite way, I'm raising my children with all consistency, all protection. This is my chance to get it right."

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So she vowed that Olive, 3, and Frankie, 1, won't be in the biz any time soon.

"I'd never let them become child actors," she said.

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And while she went on to joke, "They'll have a chastity belt, a tracker system, no cell phones and we'll live in the middle of nowhere," she actually has a sound approach planned.

Good Housekeeping

"In reality, I'll just lead by example by being spirited, classy, consistent, philanthropic, hardworking, loyal to my friends and there any second they might need me," Barrymore said.

Barrymore, who separated from husband Will Kopelman earlier this month, added that she never fully understood love until her girls came around.

"I thought I knew what love was, but holy cow, I did not," she said. "I could never have imagined the kind of love I have for my children."

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In fact, while she's busy helping them to grow up into the women they'll be, she credits Olive and Frankie with making her the woman she is now.

"I am who I am because of my daughters," she told the magazine.

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