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.]