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Elizabeth Banks Doesn't Want You to Be Ashamed of Sex

Actress Elizabeth Banks, 40, recently chatted with New You magazine about everything from her widely varying film roles throughout her career to parenting and body issues, when she also got real about the topic of sex.

Specifically, that people shouldn't be ashamed of getting intimate.

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"It's a huge disservice to young people to put shame into the equation. That’s what bothers me the most about it and why I speak so openly about sex," the Pitch Perfect star said. "I promote safe sex, always, and abstinence until you are madly in love. But at the same time I have no desire to shame any young person about what’s going on in their life or about general sexuality or their bodies."

Banks, who the magazine points out is one of a few "pretty girls" who "work their funny side," also surprisingly says that she didn't actually believe she was pretty growing up.

"Your funny gets developed pretty early on. I didn't quite believe I was pretty for a long time. I never thought about it," she shares. "I’m very genetically blessed, I cannot deny it, but I work hard at keeping myself together. Yes, I have nice cheekbones and skinny legs but I can’t take any credit for it."

… Though if she works hard at keeping herself together, surely she can take some credit for it?

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