A Minute With: Lopez, Banks on expectations when 'Expecting'

Wed May 16, 2012 7:55am EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jennifer Lopez and Elizabeth Banks - stars of this Friday's baby comedy movie "What to Expect When You're Expecting" are two Hollywood moms who could not be more different.

Lopez is a newly divorced, singer and actress with twin toddlers, Max and Emme, whose busy schedule includes being a judge on TV's "American Idol" and releasing top 40 pop singles.

Banks, on the other hand, has had steady career on TV and in films such as recent blockbuster "The Hunger Games." Fourteen months ago, she and her husband Max Handelman welcomed their first child, Felix.

While Banks and Lopez did not share any scenes in the film, they came together to talk with Reuters about the fictional tale based on the bestselling pregnancy book of the same name. It follows several different couples as they navigate the bumpy road to parenthood. Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Anna Kendrick, Chace Crawford and Matthew Morrison are among the all star cast.

Over cappuccinos and sparkling water, Lopez and Banks traded stories about motherhood and how much they've changed since having little ones come in to their lives.

Q: Jennifer, in the film, your character Holly adopts a baby because she and her husband can't have kids. In real life, you were pregnant with twins. How did you relate to her?

Lopez: "Because of how much she wanted a baby. I had wanted a baby when I got married so badly. I already felt like I had waited too long. It took me three years to get pregnant (with ex-husband Marc Anthony) and during those three years, I was like, 'Gosh, maybe this is not going to happen. Maybe this is not meant for me. Maybe my life is about something else...' So I related to that wanting."

Q: Really? You have always projected an image of having everything - success in career, beauty and love.   Continued...

Cast member Jennifer Lopez poses at the premiere of "What to Expect When You're Expecting" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California May 14, 2012. The film opens in the U.S. on May 18.REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni