Elizabeth Banks, who ditches her Hunger Games/Effie Trinket look to play a very tan former stripper in this month’s Magic Mike XXL (oh wait, and who also directed this summer’s hit Pitch Perfect 2 and stars in the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy), offers her outdoor party must-haves. Let the real Hunger Games begin.
What’s your ideal summer meal?
I mostly would cook, but if I could, I would serve food from some of my favorite places, too. My corn on the cob would be Café Habana for sure. It’s amazing. They have it here in Malibu, too. My drink would come from Lupa in New York: It’s whiskey, honey syrup, and mint, and it’s amazing. It’s very refreshing. Perfect for summer. I’d do fried chicken fromJCT Kitchen in Atlanta.
Did you eat that while shooting Hunger Games?
I have that every time I’m in Atlanta. They sell out of it. You have to have a dinner reservation before 8:30 or you’re not going to get the chicken. I’d get their fried chicken and all of the sides. And I’d want really yummy potatoes and cucumber from Wallse in New York.
I would have watermelon WITH seeds. I think they taste a lot better. It’s sweeter, and it’s fun to spit the seeds out.