Drew Barrymore: Bouncing Back After Baby Is ‘Not My Experience’

12/17/2014 at 01:00 PM ET

Drew Barrymore Refinery29 Holiday Party
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Family comes first for Drew Barrymore.

“It’s amazing. It’s the driving force behind how I live my life,” Barrymore told PEOPLE at the Refinery29 L.A. Holiday Party on Dec. 10.

Barrymore, 39, and husband Will Kopelman welcomed daughter Frankie in April. The couple’s baby girl joined older sister Olive, 2.

And with her two little ones at home, Barrymore says she’s had to prioritize her many hats.

“The acting has to be less and less because it’s too time-consuming. I love it and I don’t want to abandon it, but it can’t be at the forefront right now,” the actress explains, adding she loves her cosmetics line, Flower Beauty, “because it allows [her] to be a great mom.”

But even though she’s focusing on her growing family, Barrymore admits dividing her attention between her girls has its own set of challenges.

“It’s a balance of who gets the attention, and it’s a tightrope,” she shares. “But it’s also a wonderful, amazing journey to raise two kids that love each other.”

And with so much going on, the proud mom is just starting to focus on shedding her pregnancy pounds.

“It took nine months to build. It should take nine months to get off,” she explains. “I wanted fettuccini alfredo. I didn’t want a barbell.”

Barrymore adds, “I was like, ‘Don’t talk to me about how fast and fabulous you are or it came off. That was not my experience. I’m having to work my ass off until I even think about getting it off.”

For more on Drew Barrymore’s body after baby pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on stands Friday.

— Mariah Haas

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mer on

I love watching her life now. It seems that marriage, motherhood, settling down agrees with her a lot and she’s found herself in it, not worrying about Hollywood anymore. She looks amazing, especially the other day without make-up. She seems genuinely happy. And I am happy for her.

casmia on

Pure honesty..and so well stated. Just enjoy your babies and take care of yourselves, Moms. Everything else will just fall into place. Priorities. Priorities!

Ellen on

This makes me love Drew even more! My babies are 1 and 3 and nursing them their first year was more important to me than what I looked like…and breast feeding exclusively did nothing for my weight loss ha! You’re doing a great job Drew! Thanks for your honesty!

Susan on

I seriously love the woman that she has become… good work Drew, you deserve it!

Kristina on

She’s so awesome! Appreciate the candor about how much work it is to have two young children to grow and raise. It’s not always easy or fun but its so nice to have children that are loved and know how to love. Cheers to you Drew for being so dope!

Kimberly on

I just adore Drew. It’s refreshing to hear about a celebrity who keeps it real.

Leah on

Yes! It was refreshing to read that there is a celebrity out there who knows her children come first. Secondly, she has grown into an amazing person and I admire her more because of that.

I wish her a lifetime of continuous happiness, good health, and prosperity.

Paula on

She looks good. Happy for her!

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Cyndi on

Love her! I even named my daughter after her!

JoYful on

Considering the wild ride she had for a childhood, it is so wonderful to see this beautiful girl finally living her dream life. She has always seemed to be a loving, positive, old soul & now she has her own family to nurture. She was born for this!

Carrie M on

I think Drew looks fantastic…I also appreciate her honesty. Enjoy those girls Drew because it’s going to fly by! Before she knows it, they’ll be in kindergarten!!

Nicole on

She looks great! So secure and confident in who she is.

jewels1972 on

You go, girl! Kudos & Amen!!!

Noneya on

Drew Barrymore has matured into the most AWESOME person! Congratulations Drew! Proof that there IS life beyond addiction!!

Guest on

While there may be celebrity moms that do bounce back right after having a baby, I’m sure that there are many more who don’t. It is getting so old to constantly see articles about these new moms who get their bodies back after 2 months. I loved this article. Drew is speaking for most new moms out there. People and other magazines need to publish more like this.

Anonymous on

Drew seems matured last several years! Good for her.

Annymous on

Drew seems matured last several years! Good for her.

Anonymous on

What a breath of fresh air!

Sara K on

I love her. She has always been so down-to-earth, beautiful, organic and real, and she still is!

Maxine on

She is honest and down to earth in an Hollywood stand!

GG on

Congrats and happy for her!

Linda on

Love her! She is so genuine! Keep up the good work, Drew! I love how Hollywood has not made you into a fake person!