New mom Drew Barrymore is keeping it real.
When asked how she does it all, she replied at Lucky‘s Fashion and Beauty Blog Conference Thursday in Los Angeles: “I can’t and I don’t.”
She added: “It sucks when you’ve worked really hard for certain things and you have to give them up because you know that you’re going to miss out on your child’s upbringing, or you realize that your relationship has suffered.”
Being a new mom to 6-month-old Olive — her first child with husband Will Kopelman — Drew has had to take a break from directing.
“I can’t direct right now because I would miss out on my daughter,” she explained. “It was heartbreaking to let it go, but it was a clear choice.”
“I was raised in that generation of women can have it all, and I don’t think you can,” she added. “I think some things fall off the table. The good news is, what does stay on the table becomes much more in focus and much more important.”
While she is not currently directing films, the first-time mom has two new businesses under her belt: Barrymore Wines and Flower cosmetics.
“The work-at-home component is brilliant,” the actress, 38, said. “I was doing all my business meetings between 12 and 2 because that’s when my daughter was napping, and it helped tremendously!”
But that’s not to say she doesn’t suffer from mommy guilt every now and again.
“I feel guilty all the time — but you combat it by being a superhero,” she said. “When you go out there in the world you have to remember, ‘I’m doing the best I can, I’m doing it for them, and I’m going to be there for them too. I’m just going to figure out the balance.’”