Drew Barrymore Doesn't Beat Herself Up About Her Weight

Drew Barrymore has been a movie star since age 7, but she never bought into the Hollywood pressure to lose weight.

“Never have, never will,” the actress, 44, tells PEOPLE. “I think it’s bulls—.”

Part of the reason why, Barrymore says, is that she accepted early on that it would be fighting her body type.

“I’ve always been a big champion of embracing your own genetics, because I was never naturally that thin,” she says. “My goal weight does not come easily to me — it is a total Sisyphus fight. I just knew that genetically it would take starving myself and 24 hours of working out to have that type of body, and that was just not my priority. I want to run companies and have children and enjoy food and wine.”

While she doesn’t care about her clothing size or the number on the scale, Barrymore is interested in her health.

“You do get to a point where you realize how important your health and wellness are. It’s a must,” she says. “I want to be able to chase my kids around and be a full-time mom, and as a single mom, it’s double the workload sometimes. To maintain this at 44 years old I have to really take care of myself.”

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