Elizabeth Banks on Balancing Acting, Motherhood: 'I'm Slightly Miserable'

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It's easy to be jealous of Elizabeth Banks: not only do she and her husband, Max Handelman, own their own production company ("If you are an ambitious person, you don't wait for people to hand you opportunities-you have to make a way for yourself," she explains), but they also have two healthy young sons and, of course, her career is hotter than ever. However, the actress tells Marie Claire @Work that it's not as glamorous as it seems.

"When I'm actressing… I leave my house at 4:30 in the morning five days a week and I get home at 6, and hope to get two hours with [my children] before they go to bed," she tells the Marie Claire supplement, on newsstands April 16. "So I'm slightly miserable about that."

Banks, 39, welcomed her son Magnus in November, and her oldest, Felix, two years ago. Since then, she and her husband have worked hard to structure their lives around their growing family. In fact, they launched Brownstone Productions because "we realized very quickly that if we were going to have a life together, he could not go back to a 9 to 5 with two weeks of vacation."

Plus, Banks, who is currently shooting the film "Walk of Shame" with James Marsden, tries to work from home whenever possible: "It means I get to put them down for their naps-and be the person they wake up to."

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