There are plenty of things parents won’t let their kids do until they’re older: drive, drink, date. Drew Barrymore’s taking her parenting to another level, though, by laying down the law on which professions her children can take up before they’re of-age. Namely, no acting until you’re 18.

The rule might seem out of place, seeing as Drew is one of Hollywood’s most successful child actresses. That fame, however, came with a steep price. Rocketing to international stardom following her appearance in Steven Spielberg's E.T. in 1982, Drew’s childhood was pockmarked with problems. She started using drugs as a preteen, attempted suicide at age 14, and wound up in rehab as a teenager.

So despite their famous family, which includes a great-grandfather in the form of film legend John Barrymore, little Olive and Frankie won’t be on the big screen anytime soon.

“I grew up under the microscope,” the now 39-year-old tells The Daily Mail. “I would never have raised children in the haphazard environment in which I grew up.”

That means no film debut until they’re legally adults. “I will never let my children act,” she says. “When they’re 18, if they want to, but not before.” While she calls ET “the best thing that ever happened to me,” Drew’s quick to point out that her situation is much different from Olive and Frankie’s.

“I didn’t have family and home and structure, so the world of film gave me that framework,” she explains. “But it’s different for my children. They are going to have everything they need.”

Source: The Daily Mail

Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!