The stars of the upcoming movie, What to Expect When Your Expecting, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Brooklyn Decker and Anna Kendrick grace REDBOOK‘s June cover, on newsstands May 15th. In the interview, the stars open up about their experiences with relationships, marriage and motherhood.
“I thought I was going to be married and have two children by the time I was 21,” Cameron Diaz, 39, admits. “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.”
Cameron goes on to talk about societal pressures to have a baby.
I’m sure a lot of people would expect that I would have had a child by my age,” she says. “But it’s not what I’ve wanted out of my life thus far. We still live in a largely chauvinistic world. There’s a box people put themselves in, and when you [live] outside of it, that makes them uncomfortable–they have to look at themselves and question their own choices.”
What part of motherhood has surprised Jennifer Lopez the most?
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,” J.Lo admits. “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!
“My sanctuary is my bathtub,” the mom-of-twins continues. “That’s really the only time I get to myself. It’s usually around 15 or 20 minutes, but for me, those minutes are like heaven on earth. Sometimes I even say a little prayer while I’m in there. I’m like, ‘Lord, help me get through this day!'”
Brooklyn Decker, 25, is sure that her husband, tennis star Andy Roddick, will be a great dad.
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.,” she says. “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.”
New mom Elizabeth Banks, 38, admits motherhood is life-changing.
I think the thing you always hear – but can’t really feel or believe – is how this little baby really does change your life,” she says. “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.”
“I definitely don’t think [you have to wait for] a right time,” she adds of pregnancy. “I mean: Why wait? The Chinese believe that if you have a baby, what you want comes together even better. You just do it, and make it work.”
For more photos of Jennifer, Cameron, Elizabeth, Brooklyn and Anna, go to and pick up the June issue of REDBOOK, on newsstands May 15th.