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Elizabeth Banks Says She Doesn't Owe Mom-Shamers Any Explanation For Using Surrogates

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By Clark Sparky

Elizabeth Banks is as much a mother to her two kids as anyone else is, and she doesn’t have time for people who want to shame her for how she became a parent. In a recent interview, she talked about using a surrogate to have her two sons, Felix and Magnus, because she has fertility issues.

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The 45-year-old said that she thinks people still have an issue with her using a surrogate to become a mom. “I definitely think I’m still judged for what I’ve done and that people don’t understand my choices, but I don’t feel I owe anybody any explanation,” she said. “If my story helps people feel less alone on their journey, then I’m grateful for that.”

The Charlie’s Angels star and director told People over the summer that she brings her kids to work and encourages others to do the same. Banks said that sacrificing time with the boys in favor of work isn’t something she’s willing to do.

“I grew up with a working mom and she imparted incredible work ethic in me,” Banks said. “I like involving them in my work. I think it’s important that as a working woman and a leader on my movie sets that I show other women it’s okay to bring their kids to work.”

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“I have a very open policy about parenting on my set,” she continued. “I think that parenting is your number one job… we should be having whole lives. I don’t need to separate my work from my kids as much as I used to. I think there’s [an] old stigma around that.”

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