July 12, 2012 04:00 PM

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With her career taking her across the globe, Elizabeth Banks is rarely without her favorite travel buddy, 16-month-old son Felix.

“This job requires you to be a little bit of a gypsy, [and] so far he’s totally cool being a little baby gypsy,” the actress, 38, told PEOPLE while promoting the launch of a limited-edition line of Nestlé Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars in New York.

“We [went] to Paris [for Fashion Week]. He’s getting his first passport stamp.”

But Felix’s comfort is also the first thing the People Like Us star now takes into account when choosing film roles, noting, “You really have to decide, ‘Does that affect my son’s quality of life as well as mine?'”

“If there’s ever a moment where I feel like he needs to be home or he needs a certain something in his life,” she continues, “I’ll make a decision based on that.”

In addition to reaping the rewards of mom’s work perks, Banks also makes sure Felix enjoys everyday childhood adventures, like a celebratory trip to the zoo to mark his first birthday.

“[It] was really fun. Although at the time, he didn’t quite understand what the animals were,” she recalls. “He was really interested in the other kids, much more than the animals.”

“We had this amazing moment where this giant orangutan was hanging right in front of us, and we were like, ‘Look Felix, look at this!'” she continues. “There were two little girls there, and he just wanted to look at the little girls. He didn’t even notice this giant orangutan.”

— Kiran Hefa

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