Elizabeth Banks on 'Letting Go of Guilt' as a Mom and Trusting Her Kids as They Get Older (Exclusive)

Banks is mom to sons Felix and Magnus with husband Max Handelman

<p>Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty</p> Elizabeth Banks

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Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks is one hard-working mamma, and that’s just fine with her.

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Banks opens up about managing her career and life with her two boys. The Hunger Games actress, 49, has two children with husband Max Handelman — sons Felix, 11, and Magnus, 10.

“I'm not sure that balance is, there's no balance achievable. For me, what I've come to is letting go of guilt. It's societal. But you let go of it. And I trust my husband. My husband — just being like, ‘You got it,’ ” she says of her supportive sportswriter spouse, whom she married in 2003.

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<p>Karwai Tang/WireImage</p> Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman attend the "Charlie's Angels" UK Premiere

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Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman attend the "Charlie's Angels" UK Premiere

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“He's not going to do it the exact same way that I do it,” Banks added of their parenting style, noting that she’s okay with it.

Her key to raising their boys: “Letting go of control.”

The Pitch Perfect alum also recalls the early days of parenthood when she and Handelman were both beginners.

“I was like, ‘What do you mean you don't know how to swaddle yet? We're two months in and you can't swaddle this kid?’” she says.

<p>Karwai Tang/WireImage</p> Elizabeth Banks attends the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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Elizabeth Banks attends the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Over time, the couple found their rhythm.

“I literally started coming home and being like, ‘The baby's alive. Great job.’ My standard went to that. I still hope I come home. I'm like, ‘What'd you guys eat?’ He's like, ‘We went to In-N-Out.’ I'm like, ‘Great. Okay. Don't care.’”

Banks, who is the first celebrity ambassador for the beauty brand No7, says she was raised similarly.

“My mom worked and I'm not mad. That's great. I'm like, great job,” the Emmy winner says. She adds that she and her mom have a “good, loving relationship,” though that wasn’t always the case, especially during her teenage years — which her sons are inching toward.

“So really letting go of guilt. It's been huge for me. Really, truly, it's allowed me to just be at work and not be worried,” she says.

It’s also a bit easier to ease up now that Felix and Magnus aren’t so little, she shares.

“Also, my kids are a little older and I trust my kids more, too. That's a big thing, too. Look, when they're little, you're like, ‘Everything's a death trap.’ Everything's a death trap and they find it. And now I'm like, they know not to run into the road.”

<p>Suzi Pratt/Getty</p> Elizabeth Banks

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Elizabeth Banks

The Charlie’s Angels alum also keeps her boys close whenever possible, even if she’s working long days on set.

In a February interview with PEOPLE, Banks recalled bringing her boys on location as extras while working on the 2023 horror comedy Cocaine Bear. According to the actress, Felix and Magnus seemed more interested in the snacks at craft services than Hollywood life.

"They did it for an hour. They were like, 'Can we leave? We're so bored,'" she said of the youngster’s reaction.

"They know that mom loves her work, and it gives me a lot of self-worth, and it makes me happy," she added.

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