Elizabeth Banks (born Elizabeth Irene Mitchell; February 10, 1974) is an American actress, director, writer, and producer. She is known for playing Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games film series (2012–2015) and Gail Abernathy-McKadden in the Pitch Perfect film series (2012–2017). Banks made her directorial film debut with Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), whose $69 million opening-weekend gross set a record for a first-time director. She also directed, wrote, produced, and starred in the action comedy film Charlie's Angels (2019).
Banks in 2014
Elizabeth Irene Mitchell
February 10, 1974
|Education||University of Pennsylvania (BA)|
American Conservatory Theater (MFA)
Banks made her film debut in the low-budget independent film Surrender Dorothy (1998). She starred in the films Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007), Seabiscuit (2003), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Slither (2006), Invincible (2006), Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), Role Models (2008), The Next Three Days (2010), Man on a Ledge (2012), What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012), The Lego Movie (2014) and its 2019 sequel, Love & Mercy (2014), Magic Mike XXL (2015), Power Rangers (2017), and Brightburn (2019).
On television, Banks had a recurring role as Avery Jessup on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, which earned her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She had recurring roles on the comedy series Scrubs and Modern Family, the latter of which earned her a third Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Banks starred in the Netflix miniseries Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015) and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (2017). As of 2019, she hosts a revival of the 1980s game show Press Your Luck on ABC.
Banks was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and grew up on Brown Street, the eldest of four children of Ann (née Wallace) and Mark P. Mitchell. Her father, a Vietnam War veteran, was a factory worker for General Electric and her mother worked in a bank. She has said that she grew up "Irish + WASP + Catholic." Growing up, Banks played baseball and rode horses. She was in Little League when she broke her leg sliding into third base. She then tried out for the school play, which was her start in acting.
She graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1992, and is a member of the Massachusetts Junior Classical League. She attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority and was elected to the Friars Senior Society. She graduated magna cum laude in 1996 with a major in communications and a minor in theater arts. In 1998, she completed schooling at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California, where she earned an MFA degree.
1998–2005: Early career and breakthroughEdit
After auditioning in New York, she was offered a role on the soap opera Santa Barbara. Taking the role would have required her to quit her education at the American Conservatory Theatre, and Banks ultimately decided to forgo the offer due to having taken out student loans to complete her degree. She made her acting debut in the 1998 independent film Surrender Dorothy, as Elizabeth Casey, and appeared in various films over the next seven years including Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Swept Away (2002), and Seabiscuit (2003).
Banks gained more prominent widespread exposure with her role in the 2005 comedy film The 40-Year-Old Virgin. In August 2005, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Banks starred in William Inge's Bus Stop as Cherie, the sexy blonde aspiring nightclub singer. Jeffrey Borak wrote that Banks' portrayal was acted "with poise, clarity and a shrewd feel for Cherie's complexities. Her performance is all of a piece and in harmony, stylistically, with the performances around her." In 2005, she appeared on the series Stella, and in May 2006, she had a role in the season five finale of the NBC sitcom Scrubs as Dr. Kim Briggs, the love interest of J.D. (Zach Braff). Banks appeared throughout seasons six, seven, and eight as a recurring guest star.
2006–2014: Further success and recognitionEdit
In 2006, Banks appeared in the American football drama film Invincible, in which she played Mark Wahlberg's love interest. Later, she and co-star Wahlberg were nominated for the "Best Kiss" award at the MTV Movie Awards. That same year, she landed the starring role in the comedy-horror film Slither.
In 2007, Banks played the female lead in the comedy film Meet Bill, alongside Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba. That same year, she had a small role as Santa's little helper, Charlyne, in the Christmas comedy film Fred Claus, co-starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti. In 2008, she played the ex-wife and mother of the daughter of Ryan Reynolds lead in the comedy film Definitely, Maybe, alongside Isla Fisher and Ryan Reynolds, starred with Seth Rogen as the eponymous female lead in the Kevin Smith comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and played United States First Lady Laura Bush in W., Oliver Stone's biopic of George W. Bush.
In 2009, Banks appeared in the horror film The Uninvited, a remake of the South Korean film A Tale of Two Sisters. The film was about an intrusive stepmother who makes life miserable for the teen daughters of her new husband. Banks based her character, Rachel, on Rebecca De Mornay's character in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. "It was very important to me that every line reading I gave could be interpreted two ways," says Banks of her role, "So that when you go back through the movie you can see that".
Banks is a frequent co-star of actor Paul Rudd, the two having appeared in five films together to date (Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Role Models, and Our Idiot Brother). She is also a frequent co-star of actor Tobey Maguire, the two having also appeared in five films together (Spider-Man, Seabiscuit, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, and The Details).
Banks was cast as a love interest for Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) in the fourth season of the Emmy Award-winning sitcom 30 Rock. Intended to appear in four episodes in 2010, Banks went on to become a recurring character with 13 appearances by the end of the fifth season, including her marriage in the episode Mrs. Donaghy. Her performance in season five earned her a nomination for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.
In 2012, Banks starred in the romantic comedy film What to Expect When You're Expecting and the action film Man on a Ledge. She also starred as Gail Abernathy-McKadden in the musical comedy film Pitch Perfect, which became a critical and commercial success.
Banks starred in the science fiction adventure film The Hunger Games (2012), playing Effie Trinket, a woman from "The Capitol" who escorts the District 12 tributes to the annual Hunger Games. She went on to reprise the role in the sequel films The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015). Banks co-starred in the 2014 movie Every Secret Thing, playing Detective Nancy Porter investigating the disappearance of a young child with similarities to a case she had previously been involved with. The same year, she provided the voice of the Master Builder Wyldstyle in the Warner Bros. animated film The Lego Movie.
In 2014, Banks was recognized by Elle Magazine during The Women in Hollywood Awards, honoring women for their outstanding achievements in film, spanning all aspects of the motion picture industry, including acting, directing, and producing.
2015–present: Directorial debut and continued successEdit
After producing and starring in the film Pitch Perfect, Banks directed its sequel, Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), making her feature directorial debut. She also co-produced and starred in both Pitch Perfect 2 and the next sequel, Pitch Perfect 3 (2017).
Banks portrayed Melinda Ledbetter Wilson, the wife of Brian Wilson, in the 2015 biopic Love & Mercy, which is based on the life of the musician and founding member of The Beach Boys, as portrayed by John Cusack.
In 2015, she was named as a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. The festival is chaired by Alfonso Cuarón. Also in 2015, Banks became a spokeswoman for Realtor.com in their series of television commercials. As of mid-February 2016, Banks became the commercial face of Old Navy. She also played space alien Rita Repulsa in the 2017 Power Rangers reboot film.
In 2018, Banks co-starred as Jenny in the comedy film The Happytime Murders, alongside Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph. In 2019, she reprised her starring role as Lucy / Wyldstyle in the animated comedy film The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. She then starred as Tori Breyer in the superhero horror film Brightburn.
On May 2, 2019, ABC announced Banks as the host of the summer 2019 revival of the game show Press Your Luck, which she also executive produces. Banks directed, produced, wrote, and starred as Bosley in the action comedy film Charlie's Angels, which was released in November 2019. In 2020, she starred as feminist Jill Ruckelshaus in the FX miniseries Mrs. America.
In November 2019, it was announced that Banks was set to star in, direct, and produce a new adaptation of The Invisible Woman (1940), based on her own original story pitch. Erin Cressida Wilson will write the script for the reboot of the female monster, while Max Handelman and Alison Small will serve as producer and executive producer, respectively. Banks was allowed to choose a project by Universal Pictures from the roster of Universal Monsters, ultimately choosing The Invisible Woman. In June 2020, it was announced Banks would star as Ms. Frizzle in a live-action/animated hybrid of The Magic School Bus, for which she will also produce through her company Brownstone Productions alongside directors and writers Tom McGrath and Eric Darnell.
Banks met her husband, Max Handelman, a sportswriter and producer from Portland, Oregon, on her first day of college on September 7, 1992. They were married in 2003. The couple have two sons, born via surrogate.
Banks went through parts of conversion to Judaism, her husband's faith, and studied with rabbis. In 2013, speaking of her religion, she stated that she practices Judaism, though "I did not have my mikveh, so technically I'm not converted," but that she has "been essentially a Jew for like 15 years," adding "Frankly, because I'm already doing everything [practicing religious rituals], I feel like I'm as Jewish as I'm ever going to be."
Banks was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and was involved in a rendition of Rachel Platten's single "Fight Song" with other celebrities at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. She also identifies as a feminist. In September 2020, Banks urged her Instagram followers to contact VoteRiders to get information and assistance with voter ID.
Banks has more than 250 credits to her name within film, television, and video games.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2003||Seabiscuit||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|||
|2006||Invincible||MTV Movie Awards||Best Kiss||Nominated|||
|Slither||Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Relationship from Hell||Nominated|
|2008||W.||Detroit Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|||
|2009||N/A||Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards||Face of the Future Award||Won|||
|The Uninvited||Fright Meter Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2011||30 Rock||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|||
|Gold Derby Awards||Best Comedy Guest actress||Nominated|
|2012||The Hunger Games||MTV Movie Awards||Best On-Screen Transformation||Won|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Female Scene Stealer||Nominated|||
|30 Rock||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|||
|2013||Movie 43||Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Director||Won|||
|N/A||CinemaCon||Excellence in Acting||Won|||
|The Hunger Games: Catching Fire||MTV Movie Awards||Best On-Screen Transformation||Nominated|||
|San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|||
|Modern Family||Online Film & Television Association Awards||Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|||
|Gold Derby Awards||Best Comedy Guest Actress||Nominated|
|2014||The Lego Movie||BTVA Awards||Best Female Lead Vocal Performance||Nominated|||
|Best Vocal Ensemble||Nominated|
|BTVA People's Choice Awards||Best Female Lead Vocal Performance||Won|
|Best Vocal Ensemble||Won|
|Love & Mercy||Florida Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|||
|Austin Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|||
|Indiana Film Journalists Association||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|||
|Denver Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|||
|Las Vegas Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actress||Won|||
|San Francisco Film Critics Circle||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|||
|Georgia Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Santa Barbara International Film Festival||Virtuoso Award||Won|||
|Satellite Awards||Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture||Nominated|||
|2015||N/A||CinemaCon||Breakthrough Filmmaker of the Year||Won|||
|The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1||MTV Movie Awards||Best On-Screen Transformation||Won|||
|Modern Family||Online Film & Television Association Awards||Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|||
|Gold Derby Awards||Best Comedy Guest Actress||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|||
|Pitch Perfect 2||Golden Raspberry Awards||The Razzie Redeemer Award||Nominated|||
|2016||Lego Dimensions||BTVA Awards||Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game||Won|
|BTVA People's Choice Awards||Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game||Won|
|2017||Power Rangers||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Villain||Nominated|
- Vary, Adam B. (October 20, 2008). "Elizabeth Banks Fall's First Lady Elizabeth Banks Movie Spotlight Movies Entertainment Weekly 2". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 1, 2008.
- "Elizabeth Irene Mitchell". familytreemaker.genealogy.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly. February 15, 2013.
- "Box office: 'Pitch Perfect 2' crescendos past 'Mad Max: Fury Road' to $70.3 million". Los Angeles Times. May 17, 2015. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
- "Box Office Top 20: 'Pitch Perfect 2' lands at $69.2 million". Yahoo! News. May 18, 2015. Archived from the original on May 21, 2015. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
- Jessica Willis (October 21, 2008). "From Pittsfield to the big screen". The Berkshire Eagle.
- James Mottram (November 8, 2008). "Elizabeth Banks: from the top-shelf to First Lady in W." The Times. London. Retrieved November 7, 2008.
- "Elizabeth Banks". Twitter. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- "About Elizabeth Banks". yahoo movies. Archived from the original on March 28, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- "Elizabeth Banks Was A Sexy-Flirty Latin Clubber". TeamCoco. September 24, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
- "How to Succeed in Business by Really, Really Trying". Penn Gazette. December 22, 2009. Retrieved September 11, 2013.
- "Master of Fine Arts Program in Acting". act-sf.org. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "Elizabeth Banks And Annette Bening Honored At American Conservatory Theater Awards". Huffington Post. February 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- Strauss, Bob (October 27, 2008). "From first lady to Porno star actress: Elizabeth Banks dishes the dirt". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on October 30, 2008. Retrieved November 1, 2008.
- Banks, Elizabeth (November 4, 2015). "Love & Mercy, Elizabeth Banks". DP/30: The Oral History of Hollywood (Interview). Retrieved April 6, 2016.
- "Swept Away". New York Times. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "The 40-Year Old Virgin Is Ten Years Old". movie pilot.com. Archived from the original on November 16, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- Sommer, Elyse. 2005, Curtain Up.
- Borak, Jeffrey 2005. "Love blooms in a Kansas diner", Berkshire Eagle August 20, Art section.
- "Elizabeth Banks Biography". biography.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- Jones, Alan. "Invincible". Radio Times. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "Slither movie review". Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "Definitely, Maybe (2008)". New York Times. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "Elizabeth Banks is Oliver Stone's Laura Bush". ComingSoon.net. March 26, 2008. Retrieved November 1, 2008.
- Barton, Steve (March 1, 2010). "Elizabeth Banks to Head Out into the Dark Fields?". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
- "Elizabeth Banks: The Uninvited". SuicideGirls.com. January 30, 2009. Retrieved January 30, 2009.
- On, Cs (February 27, 2010). "Elizabeth Banks Entering Dark Fields?". Comingsoon.net. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
- "Tobey Maguire on New Spider-Man Film". YouTube.com. May 8, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
- Joyce Eng. "Elizabeth Banks to Guest-Star on 30 Rock". TVGuide.com.
- "Elizabeth Banks". Emmys.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "'Every Secret Thing' review: Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks and Dakota Fanning grapple with underwhelming drama". Daily News. New York. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt and Morgan Freeman Join Voice Cast of New LEGO® Movie, Now in Production". Business Wire. August 28, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
- "Women in Hollywood 2014 - ELLE November 2014 Cover Story". ELLE. October 15, 2014.
- "Elizabeth Banks: 'I Had More to Offer an Industry That Clearly Didn't Expect Too Much'". Variety. June 8, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "Watch John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks's Awkward First Date in an Exclusive Clip from Love & Mercy". Vanity Fair. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "Elizabeth Banks, Diane Kruger join Alfonso Cuarón on Venice Film Festival jury". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "Elizabeth Banks Is in Our New TV Ads, and That's Pretty Cool". Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com. May 13, 2015.
- "Work Stuff".
- "Elizabeth Banks Cast as Rita Repulsa in Power Rangers Movie". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
- Hipes, Patrick (September 13, 2017). "Elizabeth Banks Joins Gang For 'The Happytime Murders'". Deadline. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
- Daniell, Mark (February 2, 2019). "'Lego Movie 2' star Elizabeth Banks can't escape 'Catchy Song' | Toronto Sun". Toronto Sun. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
- Mendelson, Scott. "'Brightburn' Review: We Need To Talk About Superman". Forbes. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
- O'Connell, Michael (May 2, 2019). "Elizabeth Banks to Host ABC's 'Press Your Luck' Reboot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
- D'Alessandro, Anthony (March 28, 2019). "'Charlie's Angels' Flies To Mid-November". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
- Andreeva, Nellie (June 4, 2019). "Elizabeth Banks To Co-Star In FX Limited Series 'Mrs. America'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
- Kroll, Justin (November 26, 2019). "Elizabeth Banks to Direct, Star in Invisible Woman for Universal". Variety. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
- Donnelly, Matt (February 11, 2020). "Hollywood Still Trying to Put a Ring on Universal's 'Bride of Frankenstein' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
- Galuppo, Mia (June 25, 2020). "Elizabeth Banks to Play Ms. Frizzle in Live-Action 'Magic School Bus' Movie". The Hollywood Reporter.
- McNary, Dave (June 25, 2020). "Elizabeth Banks to Play Ms. Frizzle in 'Magic School Bus' Live-Action Movie". Variety. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
- "Celebrity Wedding: Elizabeth Banks & Max Handelman". InStyle. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- Tiger, Caroline 2010. "How to Succeed in Show Business by Really Really Trying". The Pennsylvania Gazette Jan.-Feb., Vol. 108, No. 3, pp. 46–50.
- "Elizabeth Banks Names 'Miracle' Baby Felix". People. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
- Butnick, Stephanie (January 17, 2013). "Jewish Actress Elizabeth Banks Discusses Her Conversion With Marc Maron". Jewcy. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
- "Episode 352 – Elizabeth Banks". WTF with Marc Maron. January 14, 2013. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
- Wilstein, Matt (June 27, 2016). "Elizabeth Banks Trolls Trump at DNC: 'A Cruel, Out-of-Touch Reality TV Star Who Wears Insane Wigs'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
- "See Elizabeth Banks, Celebrities' 'Our Fight Song' Video". Rolling Stone. July 28, 2016. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
- Erbland, Kate (November 13, 2019). "'Charlie's Angels' Director Elizabeth Banks Challenges Trolls: Action Movies Are My Realm". IndieWire.
- "Elizabeth Banks on Instagram: "In 35 states registering to vote isn't enough. Let @thevoteriders help! They have your back with free voter ID information and assistance -…"". Instagram. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
- "The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Screen Actors Guild Awards".
- "The 2008 Detroit Film Critics Society Awards". Detroit Film Critics Society. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- "Women in Film to Honor Holly Hunter and Jennifer Aniston". womenandhollywood.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "2012 MTV Movie Awards". MTV. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
- "Teen Choice Awards 2012: 'Hunger Games,' 'Twilight' and Justin Bieber Win Big". ABC News. July 23, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
- "The 34th Annual RAZZIE® Award Nominees for 2013 Worst Director". The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation and John Wilson. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
- "CinemaCon: Elizabeth Banks to Receive Excellence in Acting Award". Hollywood Reporter.
- "Best on-screen transformation". mtv.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "San Diego Film Critics Select Top Films for 2013". San Diego Film Critics Society. December 11, 2013. Archived from the original on May 27, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
- "Online Film & Television Association". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
- "Behind The Voice Actors - BTVA Voice Acting Awards". Behind The Voice Actors.
- "'Carol' Leads 2015 Florida Film Critics Awards Nominations". FloridaFilmCritics.com.
- "The AFCA 2015 Awards Nominees". Archived from the original on December 19, 2015.
- "'Spotlight' named Best Picture by Indiana Film Journalists Association". Indianapolis Business Journal. December 14, 2015.
- "'Spotlight' named Best Picture by Indiana Film Journalists Association".
- "Las Vegas Film Critics SocietyAwards".
- "The San Francisco Film Critics Circle". Retrieved December 13, 2015.
- Scott Feinberg (November 17, 2015). "Santa Barbara Film Fest: Elizabeth Banks, Paul Dano, Joel Edgerton and Jacob Tremblay Named Virtuosos". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Satellite Awards Nominees Unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
- "Elizabeth Banks Named CinemaCon's Breakthrough Filmmaker of the Year". Variety. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
- "YANGAROO and MTV Extend Deal for 2015 and 2016 MTV Movie Awards and MTV Video Music Awards", Naijadudes. Retrieved on January 11, 2015.
- "Online Film & Television Association". Archived from the original on August 26, 2016. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
- "Razzie Awards 2016 Winners Announced". ComingSoon.net. February 27, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Elizabeth Banks.|
- Official website
- Elizabeth Banks at IMDb
- Elizabeth Banks at the TCM Movie Database
- Elizabeth Banks at AllMovie
- Elizabeth Banks on Instagram
- Elizabeth Banks appearances on C-SPAN
Todd Newton on Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck
| Host of Press Your Luck