December 29, 2014 12:00 PM

NEWS, GOSSIP & HOLLYWOOD BUZZ

EDITED BY MARY MARGARET

DREW BARRYMORE‘S BODY AFTER BABY

I’M LOSING WEIGHT ON MY OWN TERMS

HOLLYWOOD CAN HAVE unreasonable expectations, and Drew Barrymore is happy to ignore one of them. “It took nine months to [gain it], so it should take nine months to get off,” the star tells PEOPLE of her choice to drop her pregnancy pounds at her own pace. In fact, Barrymore only recently started working out again following the birth of second daughter Frankie in April. “I wanted fettuccine Alfredo. I didn’t want a barbell,” says Barrymore, 39, who is working with celeb trainer Tracy Anderson. “I didn’t even want to think about [losing weight] until I immersed myself in babyhood.”

Since she and husband Will Kopelman, 37, welcomed their first child, Olive, two years ago, the actress has put family first. “I could not be the kind of mother I want to be and film all the time,” says Barrymore, who limits her movie projects to one per year—at most. “If I have to go away for work, I take them with me.” Not that she has put any of her dreams on hold: She oversees her production company Flower Films and her new cosmetics line Flower Beauty. “It has my heart,” Barrymore, who is also editor-at-large of style site Refinery29, says of the beauty brand. “It has very empowering messaging. It makes me very happy.”

At home her biggest challenge remains keeping the peace between her two girls. “It’s a balance of who gets the attention, and it’s a tightrope,” she says. “But it’s also a wonderful, amazing journey to raise two kids that love each other. They’re great.”

REAL HOUSEWIVES STAR JOANNA KRUPA

WHY I’M FREEZING MY EGGS

What made you want to do this?

One of my best friends had a tough time getting pregnant, and it got me thinking. I’m not getting any younger! My husband [Romain Zago] and I want kids, but we’re not ready at this moment.

Were you nervous about giving yourself hormone injections?

I’m not afraid of needles, so I wasn’t too scared about that, but I freaked out a little at the big box of fertility drugs. I have the most amazing doctor, Dr. Steinberg [of the Fertility Institutes], and it’s really been quite an easy process.

Have there been any downsides?

I’m bloated from water retention and a little bit crampy, but I’m happy with my decision. I feel more secure about the future—and hopefully I’ll be a mom in the next two years!

PRINCE CARL PHILIP OF SWEDEN

MEET THE REAL-LIFE PRINCE CHARMING

HE MAY NOT SCORE headlines like Prince William, and he isn’t the first in line to the throne, but Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip, 35, is definitely the frontrunner for King of Hearts. At the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm on Dec. 10, his storybook good looks were on display—as was his fiancée, Sofia Hellqvist, a former reality star. (In 2005 the model and yoga teacher was a contestant on Sweden’s Paradise Hotel—think Big Brother but racier.) While others scrutinize her past, Prince Carl is effusive with praise. “She’s a fantastic woman,” he has said. “I’m the happiest guy in the world.” In addition to being a gentleman, he’s a do-gooder and close to his mom: For Queen Silvia’s 60th birthday, he designed a CD cover for Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and gave the proceeds to charity; he is also an advocate for PEOPLE with dyslexia, like himself. The next chapter in his fairy tale comes in June, when he and Hellqvist are set to wed.

ONE to WATCH

BRIE LARSON

She was the leading lady of 21 Jump Street and in the acclaimed drama Short Term 12, but her role alongside Mark Wahlberg in The Gambler (out Christmas Day) is the one likely to bring her a new level of fame. Not that she isn’t already recognized on the streets. Sort of. “They’re usually like, ‘Have you been in this store before?’ ” the starlet, 25, says with a laugh. As for the future, she’d love to tackle action: “I feel great about stunts. I have no fear there!”

3 TRUTHS & 1 LIE with Michael Che

THE SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE AND TOP FIVE STAR SHARES A FEW PERSONAL DETAILS—BUT GUESS WHICH ONE IS FICTION?

—J.R.R.

1 He and rapper Nicki Minaj were close pals at N.Y.C.’s LaGuardia High School.

“We were in the same clique. We ate lunch together almost every day.”

2 Before trying out comedy he was a painter and tended bar.

“If you want to live in the city, you do whatever you can to make that rent. I was an expert bar back.”

3 He’s not a fan of dancing.

“I [don’t] look stupid, but I’m not going to learn any new steps. Hopefully my career doesn’t take me to Dancing with the Stars.”

4 He’s terrified of lightning.

“I freak out! I’ll stay inside until it stops.”

THE LIE

1. “Nicki and I were there at the same time, but didn’t really know each other. She was kind of understated then.”

MELISSA RIVERS

LIFE WITHOUT MOM

It’s been a little more than three months since Melissa Rivers lost her mother and “best friend,” Joan, 81, during what was supposed to be a routine throat procedure. So how has the Fashion Police producer been holding up since Joan’s death? Life “has been different—to say the least,” she said in a speech at The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast in L.A. on Dec. 10. While the public mourned the passing of an iconic comedian, the hardest part for Melissa has been learning to move forward without her mom to lean on. “There’s been tribute after tribute to my mother. She’s been called everything from a legend to a trailblazer to a bitch,” she said. “The bottom line is, she was really just my mother.” And she’s still a source of strength. “[My mother] was always willing to say what others were thinking and too frightened to admit,” said Melissa. “She made fun of herself first and foremost, which gave her the right to joke about others.” That family tradition continues. At the breakfast, Melissa joked that if her mother were there, she would be “discreetly shoving croissants and silverware into her purse.” Says a friend: “Melissa’s figuring out how to move on and be strong. But her mother is on her mind every minute of every day and probably always will be.”

CHAT WITH MY FAMOUS COUSIN …

A.J. JACOBS

DR.OZ

Bestselling writer A.J. Jacobs is tracing his family tree and inviting all his newfound relatives—80 million so far!—to a reunion on June 6, 2015. (Go to globalfamily reunion.com to join.) Each month he’s interviewing one of his famous cousins for People. This month: Dr. Oz.

A.J.: What’s the best advice your parents gave you?

Dr. Oz: My mom would always say, “Have the patience of Buddha.” I’m still working on it.

A.J.: Do you have a family motto?

Dr. Oz: Ozzes never quit. All my kids are very competitive, and if someone’s thinking about giving up, it’s immediately invoked.

A.J.: Do you know much about your ancestors in Turkey?

Dr. Oz: My mother’s great-grandmother was in the Sultan’s harem. After the Sultan died she was released and married a prominent citizen in Istanbul.

A.J.: Ever take a Turkish bath?

Dr. Oz: Oh, sure. When I was a kid, the Turkish bath would be your bath of the week.

A.J.: Are they healthy?

Dr. Oz: Very. They open up your arteries. Plus, you can’t do much in there besides relax and meditate, which is also helpful.

A.J.: On the other hand, Turkish delight candy is not healthy.

Dr. Oz: I am always embarrassed when I get Turkish delight as a gift, because I have never liked it. I have to secretly give it away.

A.J.: Your dad has a remarkable life story. He came to the U.S. from Turkey to be a doctor and knew very little English.

Dr. Oz: Once, he was at the hospital and someone told him to hang up the phone. He didn’t know what it meant, so he raised the phone toward the ceiling.

A.J.: You are distantly related to every President of the United States. Who is your favorite presidential cousin?

Dr. Oz: I wish I’d met William Howard Taft, because he was the heaviest President, at 314 lbs. He once got stuck in the White House bathtub. I would have put him in the Truth Tube and done an intervention.

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