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“Everybody is dying for something,” Elizabeth Banks laughs when our conversation moves to Pitch Perfect 2. The actress may be promoting her upcoming comedy, Walk of Shame, co-starring James Marsden but we couldn’t help but to ask about the upcoming sequel to the sleeper hit, which she’s currently shooting in Louisiana.

“They’re all graduating seniors,” Banks says of the film’s stars, Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. Both played freshmen who join the Barden Bellas and eventually take the all-female a cappella group to national championship.

Banks also confirms that John Michael Higgins will be returning. Higgins hilariously played one of the ICCAs commentators alongside Banks’ Gail Abernathy-McKadden. “We will see a little more of Gail and John and delve into their dynamic,” Banks says before teasing the potential for more of Gail’s back-story. “You’re going to learn more about why she has three last names.”

Even though Gail was in the a cappella collegiate group, Menstrual Cycles, Banks says she will not be singing in the sequel. It’s a shame because that truly would have been aca-awesome.

Walk of Shame debuts in theaters nationwide on May 2.


Posted by Claudia on April 17th, 2014

She stars in this month’s Walk of Shame, but Elizabeth Banks is also (deep breath) a producer, a blogger, a mother of two, and soon, a major-movie director. Glamour‘s Cindi Leive hit her up for career-success secrets!

The first time I met Elizabeth Banks, she had barbecue sauce all over her face and was making a pass at Paul Rudd. (Don’t judge! It was on the set of her first major film, Wet Hot American Summer. And since then? Well:wow. She’s played some fabulously out-there women, including Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games and ambitious TV anchor Avery Jessup on 30 Rock. She’s produced movies, including the 2012 girl-tastic hit Pitch Perfect, through Brownstone Productions, the company she founded with her husband, Max Handelman. (She appeared in Pitch Perfect too and is directing the sequel.) And the 40-year-old balances all that with raising two kids—Felix, three, and Magnus, one and a half—and managing her popular website, elizabethbanks.com. I sat down with the mogul herself to get her best words of wisdom on killing it careerwise.

Cindi Leive: We met in 2000. That’s a lot of hairstyles ago.
Elizabeth Banks: My hair has not changed one bit! [Laughs.]

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Posted by Claudia on April 14th, 2014

Elizabeth Banks has said that playing Effie Trinket in the Hunger Games movies has been one of the best experiences of her career.

The actress reprises her role as the District 12 chaperone in the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which sees Katniss increasingly at odds with her overlords.

Banks has now revealed that she takes a lot of joy from playing the eccentrically-dressed Effie in the popular movie series.

“I love Effie,” she told Extra. “She’s one of my favourite characters that I’ve ever played. She’s just an incredible character.”

Banks added that the cast and crew of the Hunger Games films get their share of laughs out of Effie’s increasingly bizarre attire as well.

“I really like the transformation. I like disappearing into her,” she explained.

The star continued: “I love that sort of ‘A-ha moment’ every morning when I’m sort of gone and in the mirror is Effie.

“She’s one of the best characters that I’ve ever brought to a set. Everybody gets excited when Effie shows up on set.”

Banks recently paid tribute to her late Hunger Games: Catching Fire co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman, saying: “[Philip was] an incredible actor. Everybody respected him. I really enjoyed my time with him.”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens on November 21.




Posted by Claudia on March 22nd, 2014

Elizabeth Banks‘s penchant for comedy may already be rubbing off on her two sons, Felix, 2½, and Magnus Mitchell,15 months.

“They make me laugh constantly,” the actress, 40, told PEOPLE at the launch of the Listerine 21-Day Challenge in Los Angeles on Thursday. “Everything they do is funny, literally. They’re two little clowns. All they do is make me laugh!”

When they’re not busy joking around, Banks loves taking her sons to local museums.

“They love cars and trains and trucks, so we’re big on thePetersen Automotive Museum and also Travel Town [Museum]here in Los Angeles,” she says.

But just as important is playing out in the California sunshine.

“I love to get them outside, running and climbing and jumping, and developing those big motor skills,” says Banks.

Those aren’t the only skills they’re working on. “They’re very good teeth-brushers!” says The Hunger Gamesstar. “My youngest son really loves sucking the water out of the toothbrush, [and] we just started flossing the older one, which is a bit more of a challenge. If you get him in the right mood he kind of likes it!”

As for balancing her career and motherhood, Banks admits, “you just need to build a village. I have a great husband and I have great help.”

Ultimately, she hopes her dedication to her career will serve as an example for her sons.

“They’re my first priority every morning when I wake up, but I also think it’s important to provide a role model who loves her work and is a leader in her life.”


Posted by Claudia on March 11th, 2014

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