Elizabeth Banks shocked fans when she announced she had welcomed a child via gestational carrier last March. A portion of her personal blog, which had the honor of announcing her son's birth, read:
"The one true hurdle I've faced in life is that I have a broken belly. After years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journey led us to gestational surrogacy: We make a 'baby cake' and bake it in another woman's 'oven.'"
"It was a womb issue for me," the 37-year-old now tells Lucky magazine of she and husband Max Handelman's struggles to start a family. "Embryos wouldn't implant."
Of the surrogacy experience she shared, "It's a big leap, inviting this person into your life to do this amazing, important thing for you. And it's hard losing that kind of control. But our surrogate is so extraordinary, and she's still in our lives. She's like an auntie."
Elizabeth Banks, who will soon be seen in the role of Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games, is currently loving every moment of being mom to 9-month-old son Felix.
"I hate being away from him for even 10 seconds," she said. "My plan is that when Felix is 15, we'll go skydiving together. I mean, the guy is fierce and fearless, and I'm hoping he stays that way. Because I want to be that mom. The one who takes her kid skydiving."
Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman wed in 2003, but the pair actually met long ago when she was just barely old enough to vote. The actress shared of their relationship, "It took a while for it to evolve into, 'Oh, I guess maybe we'll stay together forever.' You don't start dating someone at 18 and think, 'We're getting married and having babies.'"
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