Elizabeth Banks talks 'What to Expect When You're Expecting' | EW.com

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Elizabeth Banks talks 'What to Expect When You're Expecting'

The star of the upcoming film talks infertility, motherhood, and the baby bonanza

EW What can we expect from What to Expect When You’re Expecting?
Banks The short-form answer is a baby. At the end of the movie everybody gets a baby.

EW So no surprise third-act, third-trimester twists?
Banks I wish it went sci-fi. It would be so cool if I got a unicorn instead of a baby. But no, this is about regular human beings. If you count Cameron Diaz as a regular human being. I mean, if you’ve seen those abs…

EW Who is your character?
Banks I play a very relatable lady-gal, a small-business owner who’s been dealing with infertility.
EW You yourself have experienced similar troubles.
Banks I like how you refer to it as ”troubles.”
EW That does make it sound like it’s the Irish nationalist conflict or something, doesn’t it?
Banks [Laughs] I was familiar with infertility, as I think many women my age are, so I went into it with a good understanding of this character and what she’d been through. [Last March, Banks and her husband, Max Handelman, welcomed their son, Felix, who was born via surrogate.] I really related to the idea that pregnancy is not the be-all, end-all: At the end of the day it’s really about those mini human beings.

EW Which of these self-help books do you think would also make a good movie: Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, or Sudoku for Dummies?
Banks I want you to know I have actually read all three of these books, so you couldn’t have asked a better person that question. I think dummies are always funny, especially when they’re trying to do math. Cast Zach Galifianakis in that and I’d watch it.