Drew Barrymore chose her daughter’s name–Olive–when she was three months pregnant, and, she says, it was more perfect than she ever could have predicted.
“If I had named her some very fancy girly name, it wouldn’t suit her,” she tells chef Eric Ripert in a recent episode of “On the Table with Eric Ripert.” “She is an Olive.”
Barrymore, who just launched her own wine collection, Barrymore Wines, explained that the inspiration for baby Olive’s name came from a pregnancy book that she and husband Will Kopelman had been reading.
“It always compared the size of the baby to a food item,” she says. “At one point we had just found out that it was a girl and it said, ‘Your baby is the size of an olive.’ And I was like, ‘Cheers! Done!’”
And since giving birth to Olive in September, the actress says she’s developed an obsession with cooking.
“I want to be able to throw things together for her in an effortless fashion,” says Barrymore. “I’m still at the stage when I’m cooking–there’s like, flames going off behind me and alarms and I’m nervous and I’m not sexy, so I hope by the time that she’s ready to eat my food that I make it look like, ‘Sure honey, you want this? You got it.’”