Drew Barrymore on trying to find the 'elusive' balance between work and being a mum

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It turns out Drew Barrymore finds it just as hard as the rest of us to balance the competing demands of work and parenting. 

Despite her A-lister status and seemingly chill persona, the actor describes herself as a 'wrecking ball' of extremes when it comes to trying to make it work. 

The Golden Globe winner opened up about the juggle struggle in a recent interview with Health Magazine, coining that magic balance as an 'elusive b***ch' who she'd like to tackle head on.

"I'm just ready to wrestle her to the ground and have an old-fashioned, hair-pulling girl fight with her. I'm the most wrecking-ball pendulum of extremes, with no pretty little middle," she joked.

Barrymore, 45, is mum to daughters Olive, eight and Frankie, six, who she co-parents with ex-husband Will Kopelman. She is notoriously private about her girls, who she keeps out of the spotlight. 

Outside of acting work, she also hosts a daytime talk show The Drew Barrymore Show and has her own cosmetic line Flower Beauty.  

And while the lockdowns haven't been easy, Barrymore said it forced her to slow down and she's been able to strike a better balance and refocus her priorities. 

"In my personal life, it's my kids—they are my very first priority with everything. It's such a hard thing to be a parent, and I just want to take care of them to the best of my ability. Those two girls are the best thing I'll ever do with my life," she said. 

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"I've got her pinned down right now," she added, referring to the 'balance'.

"It feels better than usual. [This year] has been, in a lot of ways, a really healthy year for me, ironically, considering everything going on."

The actor said this year had also provided an opportunity to prioritise her health, too. 

"I'm not a straight arrow, so I will never be all one thing—eating the perfect food and working out every day. I just will never be that person. Between my kids and work, I don't have the time in life," she shared.

"I had to prioritise it, but I will tell you, it is, like, third on my list. It probably should be first, but it's, like, kids and work are probably rivals. But I'm glad about that, because years ago working out was, like, number 24 on the list. Actually, my health is fourth on the list—my friendships are third. But, hey, it's in the top five—so that's good."