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Drew Barrymore: “I May Not Be Tall and Thin,” But “I Am Capable”

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Drew Barrymore told Redbook she may not be "tall and thin," but she is "capable" -- plus, find out what lesson she wants to teach her kids 

Something’s gotta give. Drew Barrymore juggles a lot of roles—mom, wife, producer, actress, friend, and director, to name a few—but as she told Redbook in a recent interview, she’s had to accept that she can’t do, or have, it all. Gracing the cover of the magazine’s June issue, Barrymore said she’s learned that there are things about herself she can’t change, as well as things she’d never want to change. 

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“I would love to have long, thin arms, I really would, but I don’t,” the Blended star, 39, told the mag. “I can run a company, so maybe I am just going to have fatter arms and run a company wearing sleeves? That is my balance; nobody gets to have it all,” she continued. “I would take wearing sleeves and running a company. Not that running a company is the key to happiness, but while I may not be tall and thin, I am capable.”

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That capability is likely what attracted her husband, Will Kopelman, to her. “Will [being with me], it does surprise me and it doesn’t surprise me,” she said. “However, knowing his personality and what he finds humorous and attractive and appealing, I’m like, ‘Okay, got it!'”

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The star—who has two daughters with art consultant Kopelman, Olive, 19 months, and newborn Frankie, 2 weeks—hopes to impart her work ethic to her children. “I would really like to raise kids to do summer jobs and intern, and understand that if you are supposed to be somewhere at 3 o’clock, you need to be there at 3 o’clock,” she told Redbook.

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Which is not to say she’s all work and no play. Barrymore has a circle of close girlfriends with whom she likes to blow off steam occasionally, schedules permitting. “I fight to carve out the time. My friends are such a priority because they were what I had for most of my life,” she said of her pals, who include Cameron Diaz and Reese Witherspoon.


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“We are really close,” she added. “I wish we could play more often, but everyone is so busy it’s insane. But to go over to each other’s houses on a Sunday to check-in, just get on the phone and talk: ‘How are you? Do you need anything?’ Really trying to be there is important. If I was ever in a bind, no one on the planet would have my back more than my friends.”

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