Drew Barrymore reveals she was '20lbs overweight' when she began Santa Clarita ...

When Drew Barrymore signed up for the TV show Santa Clarita Diet in 2016, she was not in the best place of her life.

But the 44-year-old actress told 

Monday the series turned out to be a bit of therapy for her after her split from third husband Will Kopelman.

'I just thought, you know: "I'm 20 pounds overweight. My life is totally not where I thought it would be. I wanna put all this into this character,"' the , who wore a red outfit, said.

Glowing: Drew Barrymore poured the angst of her own life into her Santa Clarita Diet role of a real estate agent who becomes a zombie

Glowing: Drew Barrymore poured the angst of her own life into her Santa Clarita Diet role of a real estate agent who becomes a zombie

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A tough time: In 2016 Barrymore divorced her husband Will Kopelman; seen in December 2015

A tough time: In 2016 Barrymore divorced her husband Will Kopelman; seen in December 2015

Mommy time: The star with her two children in 2014; two years later she split from her husband

Mommy time: The star with her two children in 2014; two years later she split from her husband

She wed Will in 2012 and the divorced in 2016. Santa Clarita Diet started airing in 2017.

The ET star continued, 'And I asked the showrunner Victor [Fresco]: “Can I do that?” And I also think in society today, we’re so far out there and it’s so crazy, this world, that if you don’t have a show with a little spine and a little grit, it almost feels like Leave It To Beaver. Like, it doesn’t work anymore!'

And she was drawn to her character's personal life. 'So then I liked this sort of tone of this marriage, that although mine wasn’t working, I like to see things that are about a good relationship.'

The Charlie's Angels star elaborated: 'Like, we’re all gonna try and practice that in our life, and whatever unconventional forms that is, love is love.

'And I hate seeing people fight. And Victor said: "I will never have this couple fight." And I’m like: "Then I’m in."'

Publicity rounds: The 44-year-old actress shared her process on Good Morning America this Monday, modeling an eye-popping scarlet ensemble for her interview

Publicity rounds: The 44-year-old actress shared her process on Good Morning America this Monday, modeling an eye-popping scarlet ensemble for her interview

When she took the part: She was headed for her third divorce and 'I just thought, you know:

When she took the part: She was headed for her third divorce and 'I just thought, you know: "I'm 20 pounds overweight. My life is totally not where I thought it would be"'

Timothy Olyphant stars on the show as Drew's good-natured husband, who tries as best he can to adjust to his wife's newfound urge to eat people.

During her spot on Good Morning America, Drew remembered putting her career on hold 'for a while' in order to focus on her daughters Olive, six, and Frankie, four.

She recalled that 'there comes those moments where you’re like: "Who am I?" As a parent, you’re like, I have this expectation as a woman like: "I’m supposed to get back to me." Or like: "I will never be the same after having kids." Why?'

Drew mused: 'What am I trying to get back to? It’s

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