Why Drew Barrymore Finally Feels Like a Grown-up

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Why Drew Barrymore Finally Feels Like a Grown-up
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She's definitely a grown-up on paper -- 37 years old and a married mom -- but actress Drew Barrymore still feels like a kid at heart! The onetime "Little Girl Lost" (the telling title of her 1991 autobiography) sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a "Next Chapter" interview to talk about her new, married-with-child life, and dished on how she still feels like a kid at times!

The "50 First dates" actress told Oprah (who, coincidentally, lives just 1.3 miles down the road in the same posh Montecito neighborhood) that her third marriage last summer to art consultant Will Kopelman, felt different because "I was the closest to being a grown-up that I've ever been."

"I still don't feel like a grown-up, necessarily," she said. (For the record, Oprah does feel like one!)

The new mom scoffs at the usual Hollywood trappings (she once said she'd "rather look like a basset hound than do Botox") and told Oprah: "I don't care about the bad hair day, or the right outfit. I just know that if I make my husband laugh, that's why he likes me … I do weird dances, and I'm a total nerd and I'm not put together, but if I make him laugh I feel like the most beautiful woman in the world," she said.

But there's one area in her life that does make Drew Barrymore feel like a grown-up, and that's when it comes to her relationship with her mother, Jaid.

While Drew famously emancipated herself from her mom at the age of 15, their tumultuous relationship has played out in front of the tabloids. When Drew wed Kopelman in the couple's backyard last summer, her mom wasn't there.

While she told Oprah her mother's absence from the wedding was "really, really hard," she also revealed that she and her mom spoke about it beforehand and agreed that she shouldn't attend.

"We both discussed it and we just thought it would be best," the actress said.

"Well that's a very grown-up thing to do," Oprah told her. "A non-grown-up thing to do would be just to not invite her and then to carry that forward and then for years you don't speak...."

"That's where I feel like a grown-up, with my mom," Drew said.

She also has some very grown-up plans when it comes to raising her newborn daughter, Olive.

"I will be there at 3 p.m. in the school line waiting to pick her up," she said. "That is first and foremost. I think that's, as a kid, what I craved the most... I think the world offers so many wonderful varieties of obstacles, but that shouldn't be one for kids... the worry that 'my parent won't be there.'"

"Oprah's Next Chapter" airs on Sundays at 9/8c on OWN.

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