Actresses Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick and Elizabeth Banks all grace the cover of this month’s issue of Redbook Magazine to promote their latest big screen offering, “What To Expect While You Are Expecting.” The ladies dish about babies, motherhood, and hands-on dads.
Here are a few snippets of what they had to say:
Did you have a time line in terms of when you thought you’d be married and have kids?
Cameron Diaz: I thought I was going to be married and have two children by the time I was 21. I think I felt I had to model my life after my mother’s. But then my career was starting to take off and there were still so many things I wanted to do. So that dream for me was shattered early on. After that I never put another time line on anything in my life.
What part of motherhood surprised you the most?
Jennifer Lopez: I remember after the babies were born, about seven to 10 days in, I was like, “What is going on with me?” I felt sad and depressed and thought the babies didn’t love me. I actually remember picking up the book [What to Expect When You're Expecting] to try to see what was happening to me, and it said how you have this huge hormonal drop about seven to 10 days after you give birth. It’s called the “baby blues.” But I just thought they didn’t like me!
There’s been a lot of talk about the new generation of dads-how hands-on they are. What do you think: Is it real, or is it hype?
Brooklyn Decker: I would hope I’m in a position where I have a guy who is going to be helping me all the way through-even when I’m moody and craving ice cream at 12 a.m. It didn’t take me long to know that Andy was the guy I was going to marry, and [what kind of dad he'd be] absolutely went through my mind when making that decision.
How does becoming a parent change your life?
Elizabeth Banks: I think the thing you always hear-but can’t really feel or believe-is how this little baby really does change your life. When you have children, it’s the entire focus of your life, but my capacity for joy has been opened up in a way I never thought possible.
Tell us, are you excited to see “What To Expect While You’re Expecting?”
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