Motherhood really agrees with Drew Barrymore. Less than three weeks after giving birth to her second daughter, Frankie, Barrymore was positively beaming with happiness at the press conference for her new comedy Blended, in which she co-stars with Adam Sandler for the third time. In it, she plays the single mom of two sons who winds up at a South African family resort with her hate-at-first-sight blind date. But back to real life ...
YourTango: How is it having two little girls at home?
Drew Barrymore: It's great. It couldn't be better. I couldn't fake it. I'm really happy. Everything is as good as it could possibly be.
YourTango: How was Mother's Day?
Drew Barrymore: I've been pregnant for three years and have been sitting on the couch wearing sweatpants and eating takeout, watching a lot of TV, and that makes me happy. I've eaten whatever I wanted and had a three year love affair with food, but Will [Kopelman, her husband since 2012] and I thought we should do something special cause it's Mother's Day. This day means more to me than my birthday or Christmas or Valentine's Day or any other day of the year. But we were just too tired after a full day with Olive; Game of Thrones and takeout! Four years ago when I met her, my sister-in-law would say, 'I need dinner before 6:30' and I never got that until now. An 8 p.m. reservation? That means we're not eating till 9? No!
YourTango: Has having babies made your marriage stronger?
Drew Barrymore: Yes, it's so grounding. It was a good marriage before, but it's even better after.
YourTango: What drew you to Blended?
Drew Barrymore: I loved how the comedy was smart and things were going where I didn't always expect ... I want funny cause I need to laugh but I need heart and emotion — I want to laugh and I want to cry. When these two people talk about how they just want to be good parents, what is going to make their kids happy, and how they're going to function in this world, that just gets me. I am a mom and moms are my Achilles heel, emotionally speaking.
YourTango: The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates, and now Blended with Adam — what's behind the chemistry?
Drew Barrymore: For me, it all stems from respect, giddy respect. Aside from the things we did together, I was always so in love with the things he did on Saturday Night Live and Billy Madison; I just loved him and appreciated him. He has such a gift.