Drew Barrymore: 'My post-birth body makes me feel like a kangaroo.'

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It’s hard to believe, but Drew Barrymore is even more awesome these days than she was back in the nineties, when she inspired you to wear daisies in your hair and pluck your eyebrows to scarily thin proportions.

More than three decades after we fell in love with her as Gertie in ET: The Extra-Terrestrial, Barrymore remains a woman after our own heart. The 40-year-old regularly does her makeup on public transport, has a line of wines to her name, and is charmingly candid about her life as a mum.

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Case in point: this week, she told Glamour her body post-birth makes her feel like a kangaroo. Yes. A kangaroo.

“After making two babies, holy cow, does your body do some crazy stuff!” the actress, who most recently appeared in the movie Blended, told the magazine. “It’s hard to stay positive and love yourself … You feel like a kangaroo with a giant pouch; everything’s saggy and weird.”

Drew also wins at Instagram – check out our favourite snaps (post continues after gallery).

Barrymore and her art consultant husband Will Kopelman have two daughters together: Olive, two, and Frankie, whose first birthday is next month. Any time she starts feeling insecure about the way her body looks, she looks to the wisdom and wit of Dr Seuss.

“You think about how beautiful it is that you’re able to make children. When I lose sight of that, I exercise, read Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, and spend time with my kids. Then I start to see things that are bigger than myself,” Barrymore, who also has a makeup line called Flower Beauty, says.

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Barrymore is clearly loving her family life now — she recently told E! Online, “I know that everyone says you’re supposed to treat your spouse as equal as your kids, but I struggle every day of who I love the most” — but the actress’ own childhood was famously troubled.

Her late father, actor John Barrymore, was an alcoholic and abandoned the family soon after Drew’s birth. She was legally emancipated from her parents at age 14, having already spent time in rehab at 13 and attempting suicide the following year.

Drew with Olive (left), baby Frankie, and a Game of Thrones-inspired shirt.

Barrymore has been open about her desire not to repeat her parents' mistakes. "I didn't really have parents, you know? And therefore the kind of parent I will be is a good, present parent. In a way, maybe that was a detriment to my youth, but it'll be the biggest asset to my adulthood," she told More magazine earlier this year.

Like any mother, Barrymore finds being a parent "incredible", yet a challenging, all-day-long role.

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"It does feel like 99 per cent of your time is for the baby and one per cent is for you. And that one per cent still comes with an avalanche of guilt," she confessed to the Daily Mail last year.

"You’re like, “Oh God, it’s ten o’clock at night and I’m watching bad television. Yes, she’s asleep, but is this OK?” It’s like you’re doing something you’re not supposed to be doing."

Somehow, we don't think she's alone in that.

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