Drew Barrymore Will Fight ‘Like a Lion’ for Her Family

01/11/2013 at 03:00 PM ET

Drew Barrymore Will Fight 'Like a Lion
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She had a wild childhood growing up in Hollywood, but Drew Barrymore says she’ll fight to keep her family stable and together for her 3-month-old daughter, Olive.

Barrymore, 37 — who married art consultant Will Kopelman last June at her Montecito, Calif. home — tells Good Housekeeping in its February issue that she’s matured enough to create a stronger life for her growing new family, which she vows to protect.

“I will literally fight like a lion to keep my family happy and intact,” she said of commitment after two failed marriages and a troubled life as a child star.

“Maybe I wouldn’t feel that way if I had had a great family growing up.”

After years of continuously working and moving from project to project, including her 2009 directorial debut in Whip It, Barrymore said it took an Eat, Pray, Love-style journey to India by herself and a year of solitude to force her to reflect on her future and what mattered.

“It freaked me out. I was afraid to let go,” she said of the down-time away from her Hollywood work. “But with great risk comes great reward.”

She adds: “We always wonder [when single], ‘Where is this person? Oh my God, I’m lonely; what’s my future?’ But eventually you’ll meet somebody, and this time will be gone. And you will kick yourself for not enjoying it. For me, that year was a great investment. It made me realize, I’m ready for something different.”

“Had I not carved out that time for myself, I don’t know if I’d be as happy trying to figure out what makes my husband happy and how to be a good mom,” she explains. “I needed to be on my own and do my own thing.”

During her pregnancy last year Barrymore spent even more time by herself, nesting, cat-like, at her and Kopelman’s home.

“I didn’t go out for like six or seven months. It was really nice to just get quiet,” she explains. “I cleaned out every single drawer in my house. I went through storage units. That’s how I lived my days. They say cats run around shredding paper before they’re about to give birth. That’s exactly how I was.”

Now that Olive has arrived, Barrymore takes it one day at a time, enjoying the simple pleasures of day-to-day life with her baby girl.

“My favorite thing about being a mom is just what a better person it makes you on a daily basis,” she says. “Every morning when I wake her up, the endgame is, ‘Can I get her to smile?’ And that puts me in a good mood. It’s definitely a different way to live — and a much better one.”

— Andrea Billings

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lou on

Drew is just so awesome!!! All the best to her and her family:)

Sally on

She has come such a long way. Lindsay Lohan could learn a few things from her. I admire her for waiting to start a family until she was finally in the right place. She’ll be a great mom!

Mrl on

Love her! Glad she finally found her happiness!

Karolyna on

She really seems to have grown-up and gotten her priorities straight!

Nannyto1 on

Sweet… so happy for her.

itznia on

She is her own hero – I love her!!!!

Paige on

I love Drew! She seems like such a positive, happy person. I love that she seems to be so happy ๐Ÿ™‚

Kristin on

Itโ€™s nice that she wants to keep her family together, but what fighting does she need to do? She is a millionaire, itโ€™s not like she has to go to work to some office 5 days a week. She has plenty of free time to just hang out. Itโ€™s funny how these celebrities say that they are fighters, etc. Iโ€™d like to see her last 1 week in an office environment.

ceecee on

Congrats on your journey. Continued blessings and awakenings to you Drew. You’re awesome.

Navan on

She sounds like someone I’d like to know.

Lynnette on

I like who you’ve become, Drew. I don’t know you and you don’t know me, but from what I saw of you just a few years ago and what I’m seeing now, I think you’ve really come into your own in a very good way. All the best to you and your little family ๐Ÿ™‚ I pray good things for you in the future! Blessings ๐Ÿ™‚