Elizabeth Banks: Why I Wanted My Children to Be Close

03/27/2015 at 05:00 PM ET

Elizabeth Banks
Seth Olenick

Elizabeth Banks has “thank you” on the mind these days — and there’s no place she’s more grateful than right at home.

When she’s not traveling to promote her directorial debut Pitch Perfect 2 or the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, the actress — who’s currently partnering with American Greetings’s ThankList campaign — said she loves watching her two sons Felix, 4, and Magnus Mitchell, 2, playing together.

“They are really great friends,” says Banks, 41, with pride. “I’m really close with my siblings, and my husband [Max Handelman] and I wanted to have our children close together for that reason.”

She continues, “The fact that they’re so loving toward each other and such good little friends is what makes my life.”

The experience of having her own children has also made Banks more mindful of how she treats her own mom: “I think we take for granted a lot of gratitude in our lives like, ‘Oh, my mother knows that I thank her.’ I guarantee your mother cannot hear it enough. No mom can hear ‘Thank you’ enough. I am a mom, and no mom can hear it enough.”

— Lanford Beard

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kaye on

She looks like Chelsea Handler in that video!

Lisa on

With all due respect she didn’t have to give birth to two children close together and can afford a nanny, which is difficult. That makes the decision quite a bit easier…it’s not the same for her in that way as it is for the rest of us. But I do really like her as an actress and she seems like a down-to-earth person in interviews.

Jessica on

I have two kids who are 4 and 2 and a third due this summer. I don’t have a nanny but I make it work. I wanted to have my kids close together for the same reasons. In my family of 5 the kids who were closest in age got along the best growing up. No guarantees but I think it helps.

Kaye on

It was easy for her to have her children closed together because she didn’t give birth to either one and had them through a surrogate. Celebrity parents pretend at parenting, they don’t give birth to their kids, they have about 2/3 nannies, house keepers and cooks. Of course parenting going to be easy for them.

Kimberlina on

close in age is no guarantee to being emotionally close as adults. lots of things can divide a family. even more for those of fame and wealth.

joan on

my sister and i were born 11 months apart, and we were each others only playmates for a while. But as we got older, we drifted apart. We dont agree with each other’s life decisions, and she is very competitive with me. I would love to be closer but she has a stiff arm between us. But our kids are close.