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Drew Barrymore plans to act 'less and less'

"It's hard to be present when you wake up before them and come home after they've gone to bed," the actress admitted.

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Annie Martin
Drew Barrymore plans to act less to focus on her children. (UPI/Jim Ruymen)
Drew Barrymore plans to act less to focus on her children. (UPI/Jim Ruymen) | License Photo

NEW YORK, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Drew Barrymore plans to act "less and less."

The 39-year-old actress said as much to Savannah Guthrie on the Today show. Barrymore has been in film since she was five years old, and told the host she plans to take fewer roles in order to focus on her children.

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"It's hard to be present when you wake up before them and come home after they've gone to bed," she admitted. "That's just not the way I want to have this journey with my kids at this point in their life. But maybe when they're older, I will feel differently. But at this point, I think it has to be few and far between."

"I had a very untraditional upbringing, so I looked at it from afar and just thought, 'Well, that's the exact opposite of how I'd want to raise my kids,'" she related. "But it doesn't make me, like, bummed out that I didn't have parents. It's like, thank God then that I didn't because maybe I wouldn't be this aggressively excited about traditions and values...and being so present."

Barrymore is the daughter of actor John Drew Barrymore, and granddaughter of film star John Barrymore. She and husband Will Kopelman married in June 2012, and have two daughters: two-year-old Olive and six-month-old Frankie.

Barrymore landed her first major film role in E.T. (1982) at age seven, and went on to star in such films as The Wedding Singer (1998), Charlie's Angels (2000) and 50 First Dates (2004). The actress appeared in Blended in May, and is scheduled for Miss You Already in 2015.

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