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Inspired by the perennial New York Times bestseller of the same name, What to Expect When You're Expecting is a hilarious and heartfelt big-screen comedy about five couples whose intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood.
A few months ago, ModernMom had the exciting opportunity to visit the set of the film and get a behind the scenes sneak peak at the highly anticipated comedy. While on set, we caught up with one of our favorite, funny Hollywood moms, Elizabeth Banks, about how becoming a mother has changed her own life. Check out the interview below:
Does your character in the movie share your thoughts on pregnancy?
My character is probably closer than anyone else’s in the movie to how I feel about pregnancy. I definitely feel that pregnancy is an AMAZING thing that sets us apart from the lesser race - men. For sure. But at the same time, I think it is different for everyone and I find that there is a lot of judgment in our culture surrounding pregnancy. I think what’s great about my character is that she just goes at the judgment head on. She is actually a very judgmental person at the beginning of the movie and really learns a lesson over the course of the movie that everybody has their own experience and you can’t tell people how to live and you just gotta go through it for yourself.
Did you change when you became a mom?
I get drunk much faster and easier! It is a big problem. So I can’t go out very much. I find that I underestimated the amount of joy. I’m really learning about my capacity for joy through my son.
What inspired you to take this role?
I cried when I read the script. It has a really great ending. At the end of the movie… everyone has a baby! I hope you guys are ready! It really is a very relatable story for everyone. Anybody who’s a parent, considered being a parent, has a baby - it is very universal what happens in the film. We really explore so many great story lines and different paths to getting a child. I had a unique path to my son and so I really understand how everybody’s path to their child is different. Everybody’s journey to their baby is different.
Be sure to catch the film What to Expect When You're Expecting in theaters everywhere starting Friday, May 18th!
Check out the trailer below: