Drew Barrymore doesn't want a selfish child

03/28/2007 at 09:05 AM ET

BarrymorecoverSuccessful child star Drew Barrymore, 32, who is to appear in the upcoming film, Lucky You, with Eric Bana, sat down with Jane Magazine and she talked about what she would wish her children would be when they grow up:

I would love for them to become adults who have a positive effect, whether that’s through kindness or if they’re scientists or humanitarians or entertainers… if they give something back. The last thing I want is a selfish child.

Jane also asks Drew if she shares her life experiences with her goddaughter, Courtney Love’s 14-year-old daughter Frances Bean Cobain. Drew says,

Courtney and I have not seen each other in a while, so I haven’t had the pleasure of being in France’s life for a few years. That’s a great loss for me, so I hope to reconnect with her.

Source: Jane Magazine, March 2007

What’s your relationship with your godchildren, if you have any?

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Hea on

I have what we all prefer to call a godson (to make it easier for people to understand even though neither he or I have ever been baptised). My “job” is basically the same as it would be if we did this churchwise. But we are not believers.
He’s 18 months old now and I keep a steady contact with him and his parents. His mother is a good friend of mine and I am honoured that she and Ellioth’s dad think that I am fit for this job. That I’d see to what’s best for him if something happens to them. It’s been a year since I last saw him since he lives so far away. 😦 I miss my little man!

P Dawn on

I don’t currently have any Godchildren, but my brother and his wife are currently in the final stages of adopting a baby boy, so in the next couple of months I will have a nephew. Soon after he gets here they will have him baptized, and I will then also become his Godmother. Our family is very close and we all live within 20 minutes of each other, so I anticipate having a very close, strong relationship with him. It also helps that we will be babysitting him everyday while his parents work  I will basically support my brother and his wife in all things they do, especially regarding the teachings of the church. If for whatever reason they are not able to take him, then it will become my responsibility (which I very much welcome) to see to it that he is able to continue to attend regularly as well as helping him learn about and understand our beliefs. I can hardly wait for him to get here!

gianna on

I have a 6yr old godaughter I’m pretty close too. I spoil her, and adore her, she is beautiful. I like Drew, can’t wait to see her becoming a mom one day.

J.M. on

I am the godmother to one of my nephews. He’s a twin. I treat him no differently then I treat my other nephews.

I have 3 godparents and one I never see. The other two are relatives who give me no more special attention then they do their children or their other niece and nephews. I don’t know – sometimes godparents imo are overrated lol. I mean sometimes I think you pick them just to pick them without giving much thought about who they really are (in some cases not all).

Marie on

I am very close to my godchildren, 2 little girls. Their mother is a very good friend. I take them for weekends and to my family gatherings. I usually do not go more than a week without seeing them. Oh and I do spoil them, but I do not have any children of my own to spoil or take to zoos, parks, and ect.

Nicola on

I have a godson who I have not seen or had contact with in nearly six years. I wouldn’t recognise him in passing. Divorce in the family. Funny thing is that it was all handled legally, paperwork filed and everything, quite a serious business when I accepted the role. No idea what happened with all of that.

My husband has a goddaughter who he has seen perhaps six times in her 16 years of life.

I have godparents, but have no idea who they are.

My son’s godparents haven’t seen him since we moved away from the UK when he was six months old (he is three now).

So, yeah, not a lot of success in the godparenting business in our family!

KarenC on

I would consider it a great honor to be asked
to be a godparent. I would take the role very
seriously in that I would contribute to the
child’s spiritual teaching as much as
possible. I see it as a mentoring role and
not just a title.

Alicia on

I have a 3 1/2 year old godson, I was only 15 when his parents asked me to be his godmother. Ever since him and his older sister were born, I would always go over and play and look after them + babysit quite often, so I suppose my godson’s parents thought that I was a natural choice despite my youth! I still see both my godson and his sister now, and my godson knows that I am a special person in his life “just for him”. I take the responsibility very seriously, and talk to him about God and church. Haha, in a funny anecdote, the last time I talked to him about God, he was convinced that “God bites you on the leg!” (he meant Dog but was convinced it was God!)

latisha on

I have a 10mos old Godson (Kaleb) whom I see EVERYDAY. I’m like a second mama to him. My best friend and I (his mother) have a great relationship and I do my best to help her with Kaleb while his father, her husband is at work. She was working on her senior recital for her B.A so I really took up a bulk of watching him. I’ve been with my Godson since day one. I love that guy with all my heart. It’s been a blessing to see him grow these past 10 months. I even have a hand in disciplining him and whatnot, we call him our “mini me” because we get to shape him with our ideologies. Where ever the “girls go” (his mother and I) he’s right along for the ride. I thought it would be difficult with my best friend having a child, but I’ve just inserted myself into his daily life and enjoy all the loving! Godchildren are great, extra nieces and nephews.