Power Mom on the Move: Drew Barrymore Gives Up Directing for Motherhood

The former child star plans concentrate on motherhood and raising her six-month-old daughter Olive.

Drew Barrymore has been enchanting moviegoers since she was she was seven. With her curly blonde locks and crooked smile, little Barrymore grew up in the eyes of the public and we’ve shared in her triumphs and her missteps all this time. And now that she’s a new mom we’re sharing in the immense joy she has for her six-month-old daughter Olive—her first with husband Will Kopelman. Like Jodi Foster before her, Barrymore was a child star who now has a little one her own. And just like Foster, she plans on cutting back on her Hollywood career to focus on caring for her baby girl. “It sucks when you’ve worked really hard for certain things and you have to give them up because you know that you’re going to miss out on your child’s upbringing, or you realize that your relationship has suffered,” Barrymore said in Lucky’s Fashion and Beauty Blog Conference.

As a Hollywood extraordinaire—Barrymore acts, directs, and produces—the Charlie’s Angels star has had many accomplishments throughout her career. Not only has she directed (Whip It) and produced (Fever Pitch) films; she also produces wine and has a flourishing cosmetics line. With all that on her plate, her decision seems like an obvious one. “I can’t direct right now because I would miss out on my daughter. It was heartbreaking to let it go, but it was a clear choice.” We greatly admire Barrymore’s choice, but hope that she comes back to the directing chair when Olive’s older.