Elizabeth Banks wants to be a good role model to her children, by being a working mother.
The actress has two sons with husband Max Handelman – Felix, two and a half, and Magnus Mitchell, 15 months.
According to Elizabeth, showing the kids that their mother can handle both a family and a career is crucial.
“They’re my first priority every morning when I wake up, but I also think it’s important to provide a role model who loves her work and is a leader in her life,” she told People magazine. “You just need to build a village. I have a great husband and I have great help.”
Known for her comedic roles on 30 Rock and Pitch Perfect, the 40-year-old says the children are definitely picking up her talents. Calling her boys “little clowns”, Elizabeth raves about how humorous and sweet they are.
“They make me laugh constantly. Everything they do is funny, literally. They’re two little clowns. All they do is make me laugh!”
The Hunger Games star is raising her children in Los Angeles, and wants them outside in the sunshine as much as possible. She finds immense joy in being with them everyday and teaching them how to brush their teeth.
“They love cars and trains and trucks, so we’re big on the Petersen Automotive Museum and also Travel Town [Museum] here in Los Angeles,” she said.
“I love to get them outside, running and climbing and jumping, and developing those big motor skills. They’re very good teeth-brushers! My youngest son really loves sucking the water out of the toothbrush, [and] we just started flossing the older one, which is a bit more of a challenge. If you get him in the right mood he kind of likes it!”
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