Drew Barrymore Planning to "Act Less and Less"

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"That's just not the way I want to have this journey with my kids at this point in their life"

Don't expect to see Drew Barrymore starring in many movies over the next few years.

The actress, who first shot to stardom as a child with her role in ET and has since directed and started her own production company and beauty brand, told NBC's Today that she's cutting back on roles in front of the camera, at least while her kids are young.

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"I think I will act less and less" Barrymore said. "It's hard to be present when you wake up before them and come home after they've gone to bed. 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."

Continuing to talk about her life as a mother to 2-year-old Olive and 6-month-old Frankie, Barrymore says she's taking a "very traditional" approach to raising her kids.

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"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.' 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, you know, Christmas cards or Halloween costumes … and being so present," she said.

She's also trying to be a better example for her kids.

"I'm not organized in my life. I lose everything, and I'm a complete disaster," she stated. "With my kids, I really kind of don't accept that from myself because I think kids learn from example of the way you live your life."

Watch Barrymore talk more about her beauty business, turning 40 and her very conventional dream job, in her full Today interview below.

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