Thursday 23 November 2017

Hunger Games star on her battle with infertility

Elizabeth Banks' son was born via a surrogate last year
Elizabeth Banks' son was born via a surrogate last year

Elizabeth Banks has spoken out about her "battle" with infertility and the support she received.

The Hunger Games star's son Felix was born via a surrogate mother last year, and she read pregnancy manual What To Expect When You're Expecting for guidance while awaiting his birth. She is now starring in the film adaptation of the book and revealed becoming a mother is the most important thing that has happened to her.

Elizabeth said: "When I was going through my battle with infertility, I got wonderful advice, which was, 'Why are you so worried about the pregnancy? Just get the baby whatever way you can get your baby.'

"Pregnant women would say, 'Yeah, pregnancy is really great and lovely, but then you go to the hospital and they give you your baby and you have to mother it.' That's the part that's important, mothering the baby, and at the end of the day, that's what this movie is about."

The 38-year-old actress said playing pregnant Wendy didn't really make her feel pregnant, but she admits she was "definitely moved at the end (of the film) when they all got a baby".

Elizabeth also revealed making her next film, Pitch Perfect, a comedy set in the competitive world of collegiate a capella, feels like a baby too.

She said: "It's like birthing a baby, almost! Until it's out to the world, there's no end to worrying about it."

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