Elizabeth Banks, post-baby: ‘Women shouldn’t be expected to bounce back’

Elizabeth Banks

Here are some photos of Elizabeth Banks on the set of her new film, Walk of Shame, about a week ago. The movie also stars James Marsden and is billed as a romantic comedy. The film’s synopsis gives me a bad feeling about this one. “A news anchor’s attempts at a dream-job promotion is jeopardized by a drunken one-night stand.” Banks is better than such material, but I guess this is the movie business. It also really sounds like the plot to Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, doesn’t it?

Banks recently sat down to record an episode of the “WTF” podcast, and she’s talking about postpartum bodies. However, we must remember that Banks is talking slightly out of school since both her first and second children were born via surrogate, so Banks has never actually given birth herself. I still think it’s very cool that Banks has readily spoken about how her own fertility difficulties and expressed a lot of gratitute towards her surrogate, who continues to be treated as part of their family. At the same time, Banks finds herself in very close proximity to the cumulative eating disorder called “Hollywood,” and she’s very disgusted with the widespread trend of “bouncing back” into bikini shape within weeks after childbirth. Banks thinks that new moms should really take it easy for awhile, and here are her words:

Elizabeth Banks

“I like to believe that if I had carried my own baby, I would have bounced back. But who knows? And by the way, it’s such a horrible — women should not be expected to bounce back … it’s a, I think, a true disservice what’s going on right now with all these celebrity moms … first of all, I just want to remind people that celebrities generally are genetically superior human beings on a certain level anyway … they’re mostly thin, you know, they got trainers, they work out, they’ve got money, they’ve got the ability, you know, and they are normally genetically predisposed to being thin people anyway, so like these women who are holding up, you know, certain people as their benchmark after they’ve had a child, like just go be with your kid for a minute … don’t get to the gym right away. It’s alright. This is not how it’s supposed to be, everybody. Calm down.”

[From WTF Podcast]

First off, I completely agree with Elizabeth’s sentiments, and it’s always wonderful to witness an established actress calling out all of the instantly skinny, post-baby figures in Hollywood. Jenna Fischer also famously stated that she was “standing in solidarity” with all of the women who aren’t size 2 after giving birth. It’s also refreshing to hear Elizabeth admit that she’d “like to believe” that if she had carried her own child, she “would have bounced back.” Because let’s face it — most women, no matter how much they talk, would love to not have the worry and hassle of regaining a pre-baby body. If Elizabeth would have been able to physically carry a child, would she have been the type of woman who fully worked out like a field afterwards in order to be immediately slim? We’ll never know, but hopefully her words mean as much as they seem to mean.

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks

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  1. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    UGh–cue the mommy brigade shrilling about she has “no idea” what it’s like to “really” be a mother, etc

  2. trudiebell says:

    I think saying that celebrities are “genetically superior” is a bunch of bull. They have lots of money and can afford things that the average woman can’t for sure – like trainers, chefs, life coaches, plastic surgeons, whatever, but that doesn’t mean they are some kind of “super-human” or inherently biologically better than the rest of us.

    • lucy2 says:

      That definitely lost something in the transcription – when I listened to it, she was saying it sort of in a joking manner, basically just saying that most celebrities are already naturally thin, so they don’t have to struggle as much with losing weight.

    • Nonny says:

      Maybe they are genetically pre-disposed to be douchbags.

    • NerdMomma says:

      @trudiebell, I actually appreciate what she’s saying here. Yes they have trainers and all of that, but the fact is that if they weren’t genetically predisposed to be good-looking and thin (which are rooted in DNA), then they never would have become famous in the first place. She’s not saying celebs are super-humans. She’s just saying that Gisele is a supermodel because of her genes, so it’s not surprising that those same genes allowed her to look great six weeks after giving birth. I’m not famous or a model because I am predisposed to be short and thick, and while I stay healthy, it took months to lose my pregnancy weight. I didn’t try to lose it quickly, but I doubt I would have been able to if I did.

      • momof two says:

        I agree with you. It’s actually nice to hear an actress being honest about that fact – that these women were thin and beautiful from the get go.

        Even when I was at my thinnest, I never had an amazing, cut, sculpted body (I’m Indian and will never have calves…sadly)

        They work on it like crazy as well, but they have a good starting point.

      • LittleDeadGirl says:

        That’s how I took it as well. She’s not saying celebrities are better but most of them are genetically predisposed to be skinny and will bounce back faster. That helps alot and it’s a fact. Then you add to the fact they do have money and trainers and they can bounce back in ways most women can’t wether because of genes or because they simply don’t have the time and money. It’s a little naive to just pretend our genes don’t make up a big part of that equation …

    • megs283 says:

      That caught me too, but I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt, since she followed it up with trainers, money, chefs, etc.

      Sure, some are predisposed to be thin, but that doesn’t imply superiority.

      We all say the wrong word here or there, so I’m hoping that’s what happened here.

      • Isa says:

        I wasn’t too happy to read that either, but I guess when it comes to being skinny and when it comes to model mothers, tall I guess they are. That’s pretty much all she’s talking about anyway. I may not be tall, but my other genes rock. Lol

    • TX Lane says:

      I took it more as a sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek, type of statement about the high ideal placed on celebrities and how they “are so different” from the general public. I think it was more honesty on her part of how easier it is for celebrities to drop the weight so quickly “they got trainers, they work out, they’ve got money, they’ve got the ability”.

    • Tessa says:

      Oh, come on. Celebs are generally winners of the genetic lottery. They get a lot of help, but the majority start with a pretty good foundation. They’re beautiful, and that’s why we watch them onscreen. It’s just reality.

  3. lucy2 says:

    I grown to really like her over the past few years, and her WTF was a good podcast. She spoke very honestly about how they came to have their family, it was interesting.

  4. marie says:

    I love this woman.. that’s all I got

  5. T.C. says:

    I hate the Mommy wars. Some women lose weight faster than others. Losing weight fast or slow should not be a war. If bounce back right away, great. If you don’t, also great. Why we got to fight each other over this.

    • Cat says:

      +1 T.C.!

      I’d say that Bouncing Back shouldn’t be the first priority (as it almost seems). Adjusting to the new (and impressive) situation should be first and above all. Bouncing back may never even be possible. Mothers are never exactly the same as before, simply because these things change you for good. Mind ánd body.

      As a mother of two teens and a baby on the way; I am totally against bouncing…

  6. Sweet Dee says:

    I love me some E-Banks, forever and always a girl crush for me. So I’m biased when I say I didn’t take offense to the genetically superior part of that comment, when I might have if say, Megan Fox said it.

    I guess if Megan Fox had said it though, she would be serious.

  7. Melissa C says:

    She’s such a doll. Love her!

  8. Lemony says:

    Like the rest of you, I just love her!!

  9. Shira says:

    If you’re naturally losing weight fast good for you, but if you’re a celebrity mom who spends hours at the gym when she has a newborn at home just so you could go back to work/promotion/events ASAP that’s not cool.
    God knows ‘regular’ new moms don’t get to spend half the day with the trainer while the nanny babysits the kid.

  10. Holden says:

    I was under the impression that celebrities all had early c sections and then went in for a quick tummy tuck right after birth? Because being in a bikini two weeks after birth is not just unrealistic, it’s stupid.

    • Keen says:

      You can’t combine a cesarean and tummy tuck. Well, you could, but your body is all stretched out from pregnancy and you wouldn’t get consistent results. Not saying celebs don’t get tummy tucks weeks later after their bodies and hormones have calmed down but the whole c-section/tummy tuck combo is a myth.

  11. su says:

    the only thing i would add to her sentiment would be for people to stop judging all pregnant women the same way as if all pregnancies are the same! does my head in! some carry pregnancies better than others, some snap back, some dont it shouldnt be that difficult for people to understand….

  12. Marie says:

    I think American lifestyle has a ton to do with it. I’m 4’11″ inches and 82lbs normally. I was born in France and had my first child in Korea… I gained 30 pounds and dropped it in 6 months. I wasnt trying it just happened… however 2 years later I was still in my 20 and had my second child when we moved to the states and gained 50 pounds and it took me 18 months to get it off and 3 months before I lost a single pound… the only difference was my diet. In Korea my food was cooked at home, but fast food was easy in the states and it was never this available before I moved here… lifestyle has everything to do with it.

    • Yvonne says:

      And it was your choice to eat fast food. Simply because it’s available doesn’t mean you should eat it- I certainly don’t! As someone who currently lives in America, it is my opinion that your lifestyle is up to you. I see plenty of people here who don’t care what they eat, who do not exercise- that is their choice. That is their lifestyle. But I choose to exercise, eat healthily, and be healthy. This is my lifestyle. They are Americans, I think of myself as an American- so what is this “American Lifestyle”? Does it automatically mean “Unhealthy Lifestyle”?
      On another note, weight is normally not lost as quickly in the second pregnancy as it is in the first. If you did not eat as healthily the second pregnancy the fact that you gained more weight is not surprising.

  13. MrsHap says:

    Okay, is no one going to comment on that hideous yellow jumpsuit?! Yes, she’s adorable, and said some very touching and thought-provoking things in the interview, but please! How can you even concentrate on the interview with that yellow monster staring you in the face!

  14. Kate says:

    I’ve loved Elizabeth Banks ever since I saw her being interviewed about the Hunger Games, and she said it wasn’t so far away or impossible, and mentioned historical context, as well as modern reality TV and the increasing artificiality of it. And then she talked about how people sneer at the Capitol’s obsession with plastic surgery, when hardly anyone in Hollywood has a natural face, and how she’s feeling the pressure as she nears 40 herself. She just sounded so sane and so smart and humane. And this interview supports that. It’s a focus on reality. Good for her.

  15. dcypher1 says:

    Its refreshing to hear there are at least sum normal people in hollywood. I hate people who body shame or pressure women to be thin. We can take our time or choose not to change. Cus we all have different body types.