Elizabeth has a weakness of cupcakes.
Elizabeth says Poltergeist is the scariest movie she's ever seen.
Her house growing up was a divided one. Elizabeth's mother loved the Boston Red Sox and her father felt the same for the New York Yankees.
Elizabeth's favorite holiday movie is the 2003 film, Bad Santa.
Elizabeth is a big fan of David Letterman.
Elizabeth graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1992.
In 2008, Elizabeth took a course on flying the trapeze.
Elizabeth is the oldest of four children.
In college, Elizabeth was friends with Todd Lieberman.
Elizabeth was considered to play Susan Storm in the 2005 film, Fantastic Four.
Elizabeth graduated from the American Conservatory Theater's Advanced Training Program in 1998.
Elizabeth was the first in her family to graduate from college.
In her hometown, Elizabeth was nominated to be the local Harvest Queen.
Elizabeth is a big fan of New York City's Museum of Modern Art.
The wackiest spa treatment Elizabeth says she has received was when a Hungarian smacked her with palm fronds in Budapest.
Elizabeth says she loves sitting in the penguin exhibit at the Central Park Zoo in New York City.
When Elizabeth goes to the spa, she prefers to get a deep tissue massage.
Elizabeth has a son, named Felix.
Elizabeth says her dream character to play would be the fairy from Peter Pan: Tinker Bell.
Elizabeth's celebrity crush is Michael Fassbender.
Elizabeth says the most daring thing she has ever done is cliff-dive from over three stories high in Las Vegas.
Elizabeth is a thrill-seeker.
Elizabeth says she is not afraid of heights, but of human error.
Elizabeth's husband Max Handelman is an enormous fan of fantasy sports, even writing the book, "Why Fantasy Football Matters: (And Our Lives Do Not)", with longtime friend Erik Barmack. Handleman and Barmack also put together the weblog covering the Portland Trail Blazers entitled "Beyond Bowie."
Elizabeth created and patented a professional board game called "Unveiled," a risqué novelty game to evoke the ideal bachelorette party. Available online and in-stores now.
She is a registered life-long Democrat.
List Rankings & Appearances:
• 2009 - No.68, AIM's 100 Hottest Blondes
• 2009 - No.95, AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women
• 2009 - No.86, FHM's Sexiest Women in the World Poll
• 2009 - No.15, Premiere's 40 Most Beautiful Hollywood Women
• 2008 - listed, People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People
Awards & Nominations:
• 2003 (W) - Most Exciting New Face, Young Hollywood Awards
• 2004 (N) - Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Seabiscuit, shared with castmates
• 2007 (N) - Best Kiss, MTV Movie Awards, for Invincible, shared with Mark Wahlberg
• 2009 (W) - MaxMara Face of the Future, Crystal and Lucy Awards
Elizabeth names Poltergeist and Alien as two of her favorite horror movies. Her favorite holiday movie is Bad Santa.
Her height is 5' 5" (1.65 m). She has blonde hair and blue eyes.
In an interview, Elizabeth Banks stated that if she hadn't been an actress, she would have liked to have become a surgeon.
Film, Video, and TV Movie Credits:
• Big Breaks (2009) as Starlet
• Lovely, Still (2008) as Alex
• Meet Dave (2008) as Gina Morrison
• Definitely, Maybe (2008) as Emily
• Bill (2007) as Jess
• Invincible (2006) as Janet Cantrell
• The Sisters (2005) as Nancy Pecket
• Sexual Life (2005) as Sarah
• The Trade (2003) as Sioux Sever
• Stella Shorts 1998-2002 (2002) (V) as Woman at Yoga Class
• Shaft (2000) (as Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell) as Trey's Friend
When she was still a teen, Elizabeth appeared as a contestant in the 1987 Nickelodeon game show, Finders Keepers.
Daughter of Ann Mitchell, who worked in a bank, and Mark Mitchell, a factory worker for General Electric, Elizabeth is the eldest of four siblings.
She converted to Judaism upon marrying Max Handelman on July 5, 2003. In 2008, Elizabeth and her husband co-founded the production company Brownstone Productions.
As a hobby, she enjoys Fantasy Football. She was also learning to fly the trapeze in 2008.
In 2005, she was considered for the role of Susan Storm/Invisible Girl, eventually played by Jessica Alba, in Fantastic Four while in 2009, she turned down a part in The Crazies (2010), as it was similar to the character she played in Slither.
Having had to kiss Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me if You Can, Elizabeth says he's a good kisser.
Elizabeth and her husband met at the University of Pennsylvania. She made the first move with him. After their first date, she told him, "I'm so making out with you" and the rest was history.
Elizabeth Banks: Sex is always funny. I don't find it sexy -- I find it really horrifying. But it's an act that we need. And that need, that desire, is what makes it really funny.
Elizabeth Banks: (on keeping her skin looking fresh) If I'm in a rush, I'll grab a soda can and stick it under my eyes.
Elizabeth Banks: I actually think that secrets are just a part of human nature and that everybody should have some.
Elizabeth Banks: (on horror films) I think it's the same as comedy. They're just highly entertaining. They take you on a ride. They tap into your base emotions – fear and laughter.
Elizabeth Banks: I play Rock Band, which is Guitar Hero times ten. You can play with four people, so when you have parties, you have a real band. Nobody ever wants to sing, so I'm always the one throwing down on the mic. I don't love the gun games. X-Y-A-B? I don't know any of the moves, and I don't have the time to learn that shit.
Elizabeth Banks: I play a real life character, Janet, who's Vince Papale's wife. The woman of his dreams, the mother of his children, is this woman Janet, and she's a total spitfire and she really keeps him on his toes.
Elizabeth Banks: (about her role in "Slither") I didn't even mind having KY Jelly being smeared on me.
Elizabeth Banks: Most men I know rely on women to do all the literal dirty work. Anything involving poop, vomit, or blood -- always handled by women. Men don't understand basic bodily functions. They don't want to be bothered with it. But we bleed every month and we take care of babies, so we don't have any issues. I also end up killing all the bugs in my house. It's one of my favorite things to do: hunt spiders.
Elizabeth Banks: You got to have an agent... it's a business. But I think there is a way to be artful and commercial at the same time.
Elizabeth Banks: I love working with a stylist but I also love having personal relationships with designers. A stylist is great for pulling together an entire outfit, accessories included, and for shaking me out of my comfort zone.
Elizabeth Banks: If I ever complain about yachting around the Mediterranean with Madonna, who I just idolized as a child, I should be slapped across the face.
Elizabeth Banks: When I was in college I was accused of being a goody two-shoes. But every goody two-shoes has a bad side.