Elizabeth Banks on Being an Actress and a New Mom: “You push through just like any other working mom”

Maternity leave?  Not for Elizabeth Banks.  The actress now has a five-month old son Felix with her husband Max Handelman, yet Banks admits to People that although she isn’t doing such a great job of balancing motherhood and her career she has no plans on turning any roles down because she is a new parent.

She tells People, “I’m not really a break-taker.  I’ll just keep on going, and then we’ll see. You do it. You push through just like any other working mom.  I don’t want to say I take it day by day, but I pretty much take it month by month. My life is now in monthly increments.”

Still, Banks does claim that she understands why new mothers do often take time away from their occupations for their children, explaining,  “The thing about motherhood is it’s a full-time job and everything else gets piled onto it.  I don’t think I ever really understood that until it came into my life. You put so much of your brain energy, and your emotional and psychological energy into, ‘Where is he? What is he doing?’ that it’s almost hard to concentrate on anything else.”  Obviously even though such a life-changing development alters Banks’ perception of what’s important in her life, she doesn’t expect her career to be pushed aside.

Banks isn’t kidding about pushing through: she has several films in development, including The Hunger Games, and, appropriately for a new mom, What To Expect When You’re Expecting.

Our Idiot Brother, starring Banks, opens on August 26. 

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