Drew Barrymore wants her children to feel "safe".

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

The 'Santa Clarita Diet' actress - who was legally emancipated from her mother when she was 14 and had little contact with her father - may have divorced five-year-old Olive and three-year-old Frankie's father Will Kopelman, but she hopes her kids always feel loved and secure.

She said: "I think children need to be shown how much they are loved.

"So I try to be that kind of mother who makes them feel loved and safe and be part of a very healthy home environment."

And the 43-year-old star hopes her daughters grow up with a "positive" outlook on life.

She added in an interview with Closer magazine: "I would like to help them have a healthy and positive outlook in life.

"Those are important things to have when you have to deal with a lot of the bad things that life throws at you sometimes."

Drew also thinks it is important not to "scrutinise" her own appearance in front of her kids.

She said:" I have two daughters who love to get dressed with me and I'm very conscious of how I react to myself in the mirror.

"I never scrutinise myself in front of them.

"I've always been on a mission to embrace what I was born with, and it's been a great buffer against certain pitfalls."

The 'Whip It!' star has enjoyed getting older and thinks she's a "better" person now than she was when she was younger.

She said: "I would not know how to function if a time machine picked me up and took me back to 10 years ago.

"I get a little better each day. You have to get older to get better, and wiser, and calmer, and focus on the right things.

"I'm a way better person than I used to be. And trust me, I'm very critical of myself."