Drew Barrymore is gearing up to appear in the new Netflix comedy series Santa Clarita Diet

By Michael Miller
Updated May 25, 2016 04:00 PM
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Drew Barrymore is opening up about returning to acting after taking a break to raise her children.

The actress announced in 2015 that she was taking time off from show business, explaining that she preferred to focus her time on raising her daughters, Olive, 3, and Frankie, 2.

But Barrymore was clear she would come out of retirement for the right project, and in March Netflix greenlit a new comedy series, Santa Clarita Diet, in which she costars with Justified‘s Timothy Olyphant.

“[The new show] is crazy and exciting. I haven’t worked very much so that I could raise my children,” the actress said in Hampton Magazine’s Memorial Day Issue.

“It feels fresh to go back to something I’ve known for so long. It’s funny how you can make it new again,” she added.

The sitcom follows Barrymore and Olyphant as married real estate agents whose lives venture down a path of death and destruction after Barrymore’s character goes through a dramatic change.

While the actress has been reluctant to spend time away from her children, she’s already proven her multitasking skills running a successful beauty brand, Flower; writing a book, Wildflower; and debuting a new fine wine, Barrymore by Carmel Road Rosé of Pinot Noir.

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After announcing her split from husband Will Kopelman in April, Barrymore has been keeping busy. “I’m doing my best,” the actress recently told PEOPLE. “I’m going back to work for the first time in a while to do this Netflix show,” she added. “I’m not supposed to give away details about the roll, but I’m excited. It’s going to be fun.”

Santa Clarita Diet is expected to hit Netflix in 2017.