updated 09/15/2010 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/15/2010 AT 8:10 AM ET
“He’s the cat’s pajamas,” the actress, 35, tells Harper’s Bazaar in its October issue, which goes on sale Sept. 28. “I couldn’t love, respect, admire and enjoy that individual more than I do. It would be physically impossible for me to have any more giggly joy at this person.”
And yet, as she’s reached her mid-30s, Barrymore says a relationship isn’t as crucial to her as it once was. In fact, she’s learned to appreciate time by herself once again.