Summary of “Elizabeth Banks Was a Frustrated Actress. Now She’s a Determined Mogul.”

Ms. Banks had encountered the a cappella scene at Penn.
Ms. Banks gave Ms. Wilson a bigger role and a boyfriend in the sequel.
“As an actor, Elizabeth has the unique ability to see the whole movie, not just her own part, which is why it’s not surprising she has turned into such a good director,” said Gary Ross, who directed her in “Seabiscuit” and “The Hunger Games.” Ms. Banks hung around the monitors on set, asking questions, as she prepared to direct, and started out by making a public service announcement for the American Heart Association.
Reese Witherspoon had a similar awakening recently, and started a production company for female-led projects, finding success with “Gone Girl,” “Wild” and “Big Little Lies.” Ms. Banks is focused more on comedy.
Ms. McCarthy, her castmate in the forthcoming puppet film “The Happytime Murders,” recalled a scene in which Ms. Banks plays a live-action character who becomes an adult dancer.
Ms. Banks is also outspoken politically; her office is decorated with photos of her with Hillary Rodham Clinton – she remains a prominent supporter – and one of Ann Richards, whom she called a hero.
Ms. Banks has no plans to stop acting, but she’s also not drumming up leading roles for herself: “How many blockbuster movies are being made about women who are in their 40s?”.”I have made a career out of being splashy in smaller roles anyway,” said Ms. Banks, who’s been nominated for three Emmys, for guest performances on “30 Rock” and “Modern Family.” “It’s sort of my comfort zone.”
She crisscrosses the studio lot on bicycle; the coffee mugs in her office read “Badass” – a reference to WhoHaha and the celebrity chat series she hosts there, “Ask a Badass.” On the show, she asks guests, “Finish this thought: I’m a badass because” or “On a scale of 1 to Elizabeth Banks, how badass are you?”.

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