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Elizabeth Banks: Thank yous are taken for granted

Elizabeth Banks has totally altered the way she interacts with her mother since becoming a mom herself.

The 41-year-old Pitch Perfect actress is mother to sons Max, two, and Felix, who turns four years old on March 30.

And now that she is a parent, Elizabeth feels more expressive with the people who she appreciates the most.

“I think we take for granted a lot of gratitude in our lives like, ‘Oh, my mother knows that I thank her.’ I guarantee your mother cannot hear it enough,” she told People magazine. “No mom can hear ‘Thank you’ enough. I am a mom, and no mom can hear it enough.”

Elizabeth is the eldest of four children.

She absolutely loves her siblings and the stunning star is elated her boys are so close with each other.

“They are really great friends,” Elizabeth gushed. “I’m really close with my siblings, and my husband [Max Handelman] and I wanted to have our children close together for that reason. The fact that they’re so loving toward each other and such good little friends is what makes my life.”

Elizabeth welcomed her boys via a surrogate.

And she has previously spoken about why speaking out in favour of surrogacy is so important to her.

"When I think about my dreams, I think of my children," she told zeit.de. "I think about their future, not my own.

"Both of my children were born via surrogate. I speak about it because I believe it will help women who have trouble falling pregnant. They are not alone. And there are solutions.

"I also speak about it because it's a political issue: it's about having the freedom to choose. When you don't let women plan their lives or their families, their lives are no longer their own."

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