Elizabeth Banks Is ‘Falling Apart’ from No Sleep

08/04/2013 at 06:00 PM ET

Elizabeth Banks Women's Health Sleep Deprivation Courtesy Women’s Health

Elizabeth Banks, who welcomed her second son Magnus Mitchell in November, loves being a mom — but it’s wearing her out.

The self-confessed night owl reveals in the September issue of Women’s Health that her 8-month-old is robbing her of much-needed rest.

“Even though I have a baby that wakes up anywhere between 5:30 and 6:30 in the morning, I still cannot get myself to bed before, like, 1 a.m. every night,” she admits. “I am falling apart under the weight of lack of sleep.”

Banks — mom to 2-year-old son Felix with husband Max Hendelman — says that even getting the simplest chores done can seem like a big deal.

“Sometimes I just think I can make this dinner, eat it, and clean it up, and I accomplished something. I nurtured my family and myself. I like doing Mom s—,” she reveals.

And like most parents of young kids, The Hunger Games star knows that getting to spend time with her husband is all about stealing “little moments” together. “We’ll be like, ‘Let’s ask the nanny to stay late so we can run out and have sushi by ourselves,'” Banks, 39, says. “And we spend Sunday night curled up on the couch together, watching Game of Thrones and Mad Men.”

Elizabeth Banks Women's Health Sleep Deprivation Courtesy Women’s Health

Banks, who became a mom via surrogate in her late thirties, needs all the energy she can get to keep up with her kids.

“I have two boys; they’re going to be physical. If I want to go skiing with them when they’re teenagers, I have to stay fit,” she says.

On a recent family vacation, she showed a daredevil side that her sons will appreciate when they’re older. Banks went tubing behind a speedboat on a lake, but not without some misgivings at the start.

“I was like, ‘I’m way too old to be doing this!’ but I thought, ‘I don’t want my kids thinking their mother wouldn’t get out on a tube,'” she says. “Well, I nearly died. I did a full cartwheel in the air as I went into the water. But it was totally fun and worth it.”

— K.C. Blumm

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Anonymous on

You are lucky to have a nanny. Would love to escape for dinner with my husband.

Rana on

Wouldn’t it be the best? It must be nice to take time for just the two of you ๐Ÿ™‚

Colleen on

Quit your complaining and go to bed early already!

Anonymous on

I don’t have a nanny and go out with my husband all the time! Find someone you trust to watch your kids. It’s not her fault you don’t have someone.

She’s not complaining. It is called an interview. People ask questions and she answers. Why do people think everything is a complaint? Many people are the same way. There are things to do in the house and it can take all night.

Hopper on

I think she is a very funny actress .

Cricket on

Welcome to motherhood ๐Ÿ™‚ comes with the territory.

Try doing it with 5 under 6.

My kids are 5 1/2, 4, 22 month old twins & a 3 1/2 month old! So when you have 5 under 6 you can complain from lack of sleep.

lily on

You should defenitely own a tv! Haha JK I have a 7 year old, and expecting baby #2. And I’m already tired! So I admire you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Katie on

I guess no one can possible be more tired then you Cricket!

leslie on

Then stop having kids Cricket!

diana on

Cricket- it doesn’t need to be a pissing contest! Just because you are extremely fertile and have 6 kids doesn’t mean anyone with less kids than you can’t be tired! I’d look into contraception since you are so tired with your 6 kids.

Anonymous on

OMG Cricket, you have it rougher than I do! I have a 4 1/2 yr old, 2 1/2 yr old, and 9 month old twins! Sleep is basically impossible, but by the time morning rolls around, I am so happy to see my little one’s smiling faces:) However, when they start to fight, that’s another story. I try to get to bed early, but there is so much to do and not enough hours in the day. Or days in the week!

Anonymous on

Anonymous- Exactly! A nanny is hardly a requirement for date night! ๐Ÿ™‚

Colleen- From another night owl’s perspective, let me say that’s much easier said than done! For me at least, going to bed earlier (unless it’s just a couple hours earlier) than my usual early morning hour bedtime just means that I lay awake for quite awhile, pretty much defeating the purpose!

Terrimillward on

I have a 9yr old son and I’m a single mom .sometimes I have complaints but its to be expected lol I laugh because my son tells me everytime when it’s 8:30pm and I tell him bedtime and he looks at me and says its not bedtime mom… So I say to Elizabeth like everyone is saying get someone u trust to watch your kids and go out geeze

Lana on

Cricket: 5 under 6? I think I would have to shoot myself. ^^ Kudos to you for managing so many little kids!

I can relate to Elizabeth. I go to bed at 11 and still feel that I don’t get enough sleep. But on the other hand, I also need a little time fo myself and my husband in the evening…

Lynsey on

Sorry cricket but you only have yourself to blame!!! Wow that many kids is crazy lol

Tlc on

I agree. Don’t blame the baby!! Babies get up early! YOU are the adult, go to bed earlier!!! WOW…how shallow can you be?

Anonymous on

Cricket why did you turn this into something about you? Would you like a medal, gold star perhaps? It’s so annoying when everyone comes to the comment section to air their own stories – no one cares. The mommy competitiveness is beyond pathetic.

Erin on

this whole article makes me wanna barf…..can I have the last 5 min of my life back?

Jessica on

Erin, interesting that you felt the need to comment anyways, even if you don’t give any reasons to why this article makes you “want to barf”….also interesting that it took you five minutes to read a little article.

Colleen on

Anonymous – You have too much time on your hands. Get a life & stop worrying about other people’s posts OUR OPINIONS.

Anonymous on

” โ€˜I donโ€™t want my kids thinking their mother wouldnโ€™t get out on a tube,”

So when you don’t want your kids to think their mother wouldn’t ****insert anything here *** you will do it as well?

Anonymous on

Yet another celebrity that never knew kids come with no sleep. I like her in Hunger games otherwise though.

LoveMeSomeGoodGrammar on

Why is motherhood a competition? Women should be supporting each other, not fighting over who has it worse. Oh, and I love Elizabeth Banks. Fun read!

gaa on

Yes life must be pretty rough with two kids when you can afford a nanny… oh the problems of the rich and famous..

Jessie on

Please don’t encourage Cricket the baby factory. She doesn’t deserve a pat on the back, she needs her tubes tied!

Ann on

Being a mom/wife is a tough full time job no doubt…….

Brenna on

The people that complain are probably not parents….

Anonymous on

When you choose to have all of those kids, you choose the life that comes with it.

Melissa on

The older the baby gets, he’ll sleep in! She should try going to sleep even 30 mins earlier, sleep is needed!

Cricket, holy crap! Lol

I’m expecting my 3rd and I’m already worrying about the no sleep! I’m so exhausted and cranky, now! But, babies are wonderful! ๐Ÿ™‚

Melissa on

Also, if Elizabeth is working long hours on set, that’s why she can’t sleep at night!

When I come home at 10pm, after work, I’m not ready for bed until 1am!

valeskas on

Other mothers with regular jobs, have no help, but I have to listen to an actress, who has a nanny and probably other help whining. Don’t bother women who have no help and do it any way.

molly.two on

I love her. She is always so funny and self-deprecating. I know, she has a nanny (I don’t have one and have two kids that I stay home with) but she does seem surprisingly down-to-earth. I completely agree with her, too- the need to stay in shape and take care of ones self to keep up with kids later in life.
She is also very talented; but you have to give any woman props trying to juggle motherhood, career, home etc. famous or not!

Guest on

There sure are some bitter women posting on here. This woman has made a success out of her life so she can afford a nanny. Why does that make her a bad person? We should all strive to do better. I would assume those of you with jealous and hateful comments really love your children, but your attitudes speak volumes on your happiness or lack of.

molly.two on

You know what Cricket…- I get tired of hearing women complain about other women complaining b/c they have more kids or kids closer in age etc. You decided to have multiple kids and that is your choice (and I am sure a great one for YOU). However, a mother of one can say they are tired just as much as a mother of 5 without feeling like she is less worthy or validated to feel the way she does. I wish we women could be more supportive of one another instead of feeling like we need to “out do” each other.

ebethsb on

I have 56 kids! 56!! And they are all under 3! And I would never have a nanny to go out without my kids because I’m the best mom ever! I haven’t slept in 14 years!!

Me on

What?! 56? How is that even possible? I’m suspicious

Mya on


KSU1016 on

People get so bent out of shape when celebrities say they have a nanny. I doubt she is sitting at home eating bon-bons while the nanny is raising her children. She works just like other working moms and needs someone to watch her kids. So she doesn’t take them to the local Kindercare daycare and chose to have a nanny watch them at home instead – why does that make her a villain? My kids went to daycare and I would smack down anyone that says I am a bad mom for doing so.

Claire on

Winner of most annoying mom… Elizabeth Banks!!! I absolutely hated reading her last article awhile back about surviving a weekend with her 2 sons and husband without the help of a nanny. Seriously! Now this article!?! Please stop complaining or just get smart enough to shut your mouth when it comes to talking about parenting.

Anonymous on

If you can’t make time as a couple…don’t have kids and don’t blame her! Why is it her fault you can’t make time or find a sitter? The nanny comment…haven’t dug that one into the ground enough. Millions of families who aren’t wealthy have nannies.

Claire, you said, “Winner of most annoying momโ€ฆ Elizabeth Banks!!! I absolutely hated reading her last article awhile back about surviving a weekend with her 2 sons and husband without the help of a nanny. Seriously! Now this article!?! Please stop complaining or just get smart enough to shut your mouth when it comes to talking about parenting.”

Take your own advice, “Please stop complaining or just get smart enough to shut your mouth.”

missshy77 on

I wish my sleepless nights were because of a beautiful baby. I would be more than happy to be kept awake for that reason!