Elizabeth Banks

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Quotes (22)

  • Elizabeth: (on how she relates the her character in the movie Walk of Shame) You have to see a little bit of yourself in every character you play and bring some experience to it. I spent my early twenties in Philadelphia and New York — big cities — where I definitely had a lot of fun nights like you’re supposed to in your 20s, and I was telling someone earlier that I get easily carsick, so I hated to get into taxis at the end of the night, and I felt really lucky that I lived in really walk- able cities. And I spent a lot of nights — I mean, don’t tell my mother — but I spent a lot of time walking home from places. That sense of finding your way — that’s what this movie is about.

  • Elizabeth: (on what attracted her to the movie Walk of Shame) I felt like I knew who Meghan was, and I thought I could be funny. It really comes down to that. I really wanted to do a role that uses my abilities as a comedienne — I don’t get to do that very often! Or, if I do, it is usually in support of funny leading men, and I love my funny men, but I relish the opportunity of being able to play this character, present a complicated girl who is figuring out what to do with her life and is really a good girl at heart and is misperceived.

  • Elizabeth: (on filming Walk of Shame in LA) Downtown LA is sort of a hipster haven right now. There’s so many great restaurants — my favorite part about making this movie was the good food. I didn’t eat a lot of it because, I don’t know if you saw that dress, but I was definitely on a diet the entire time I was making this movie! But I really enjoyed finding out more about the city in which I live and discovering a lot of great new restaurants, and we shot a lot at night, so we had a lot of really fun evenings hitting the bars and really living this character!

  • Elizabeth: (on feeling she is Jewish, even though she didn't complete the conversion process) Frankly, because I'm already doing everything [practicing religious rituals], I feel like I'm as Jewish as I'm ever going to be.

  • Elizabeth: (on her role in the movie The Uninvited) It was very important to me that every line reading I gave could be interpreted two ways. So that when you go back through the movie you can see that.

  • Elizabeth: (on the process of converting to Judaism, her husband's religion) I did not have my mikveh, so technically I'm not converted... I've been essentially a Jew for like 15 years... I haven't had a Christmas tree in 15 years... My kids go to Jewish pre-school, we only celebrate Jewish holidays, I love seder... Frankly, because I'm already doing everything, I feel like I'm as Jewish as I'm ever going to be.

  • Elizabeth: Every once in a while I play a true idiot, and they're really fun to play.

  • Elizabeth: (on her liking some types of comedies) I love physical comedy. I love Oscar Wilde, I love [William Shakespeare] comedies, I love improv. I knew I had a knack for it at a certain level, but I came into this business as a classically trained drama student and that was my reputation. When you live in a leading lady's body, which I do, you have to constantly prove that you are funny

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  • While growing up, Elizabeth used to played baseball and ride horses.

  • Elizabeth attended American Conservatory Theater and graduated with a MFA (Master in Fine Arts).

  • Elizabeth's religious family background is Catholic and Protestant, but she now considers herself Jewish.

  • Elizabeth first acting experience was for a school play.

  • In 2011 and 2012, Elizabeth was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award, in the category of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, for her role in the TV series 30 Rock.

  • In 2006, Elizabeth was nominated for a Chainsaw Award, in the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, in  the category of Relationship from Hell, for a role in the movie Slither (200) with her co-star Michael Rooker.

  • In 2014, Elizabeth was nominated for a MTV Movie Award, in the category of Best On-Screen Transformation, for her role in the movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).

  • In 2012, Elizabeth won a MTV Movie Award, in the category of Best On-Screen Transformation, for her role in the movie The Hunger Games (2012).

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