By Dana Rose Falcone
Updated October 23, 2015 at 01:02 PM EDT
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Drew Barrymore made a name for herself in Hollywood at age 7 when she starred in Steven Spielberg’s E.T., and it’s no secret that her fame led to a rocky childhood of drugs and alcohol. So when it comes to her own children — Olive, 3, and Frankie, 18 months, — Barrymore says she wouldn’t want them acting until they grow up.

“Not until they’re 18,” the actress, now 40, told People. “I know it sounds crazy, but I want them to be kids. But I would by no means poo-poo a thing I love so much!”

The star of the upcoming Miss You Already even took some parenting advice from a fellow actress. “I think I heardMeryl Streep say something like, ‘I let my kids be in school plays when they were teenagers,’” Barrymore said. “And I’m like, ‘Ooh, I don’t even know if that’s true but that sounds good.’ Whatever Meryl says.”

Just last month Barrymore told the London Times she planned to take a break from acting to spend more time with her children. “My whole universe revolves around my children,” she said, “and the hours keep me away from them too much.”

However, Barrymore made time to write a book, Wildflower, out Oct. 27, and star in Miss You Already with Toni Collette. “I was furious that I liked it [the script] so much,'” she adds to The Times.

Miss You Already hits theaters Nov. 6.