Elizabeth Banks has become one of Hollywood’s most sought after and versatile actresses. She has appeared as ‘Effie Trinket’ in the international hit “The Hunger Games, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “Man on a Ledge” opposite Sam Worthington” and “People Like Us” opposite Chris Pine and Michelle Pfeiffer.
She will next be seen in “Catching Fire” the highly-anticipated sequel to “The Hunger Games” and will reprise her role as Effie Trinket. The film is set to release on November 22, 2013. She will also be seen in “Walk of Shame,” a comedy about a news anchor whose attempt at a dream-job promotion is jeopardized by a drunken night out. The film also stars James Marsden and Sarah Wright and will release on March 14, 2014. She has also lent her voice in “The Lego Movie” releasing on February 7, 2014.
Banks is currently in production on “Little Accidents” opposite Boyd Holbrook. Sara Colangelo wrote and is directing the feature adaptation of her 2010 award-winning short film of the same name which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival about a woman whose life spirals downward after a town is left devastated following a mining accident. She recently wrapped production on the independent film, “Love & Mercy” directed by Bill Pohlad which will take an unconventional look at the life of the celebrated leader of The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, and his legendary battle with mental illness. She recently wrapped production on “Every Secret Thing” directed by Amy Berg and based on the best-selling novel by Laura Lippman. The story follows a detective who looks to unravel a mystery surrounding missing children and the two young women who are prime suspects.
She was recently seen in Universal Pictures’ “Pitch Perfect,” which released on September 28, 2012. Banks produced the film with her husband, Max Handelman, through their company, Brownstone Productions. The cast includes Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson.
In August 2011, she was seen in “Our Idiot Brother” opposite Paul Rudd, Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel, directed by Paul Haggis. “Our Idiot Brother” and “The Details” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011 and were both purchased for distribution by The Weinstein Company.
She also starred opposite Russell Crowe in “The Next Three Days” in 2010. In 2008, Banks received critical acclaim for her role as ‘First Lady Laura Bush’ opposite Josh Brolin in Oliver Stone’s “W”. The impressive cast included James Cromwell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Burstyn and Jeffrey Wright. In Kevin Smith’s “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” Banks (Miri) and Zack (Seth) played two broke friends who decide to cure their financial ills by making an X-rated movie.
Banks’ additional feature credits include her breakthrough roles in the award Academy Award winning films “Seabiscuit,” in which she starred as ‘Marcela Howard’ opposite Jeff Bridges and Tobey Maguire, and in Steve Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can.” She has also appeared in “Role Models,” “Meet Dave,” “Invincible,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Fred Claus,” “Sisters,” “Slither,” “Heights,” “The Baxter,” “The Trade,” “Ordinary Sinner,” “The Uninvited,” “Daltry Calhoun,” “Sexual Life”, John Singleton’s “Shaft” with Samuel L. Jackson
and cult hit “Wet Hot American Summer” starring Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce. She
also appeared as journalist ‘Betty Brant,’ a role that director Sam Raimi created for her, in Columbia Pictures’ three blockbuster “Spider-Man” films with Tobey Maguire as the title character.
On the small screen, Bank earned an Emmy Award nomination in 2011 for ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series’ for her performance as “Avery Jessup on “30 Rock.” She has also appeared on ABC’s “Modern Family” and in a recurring role as ‘Dr. Kim Porter’ on NBC’s “Scrubs.” In 2007 she appeared in the CBS mini series “Comanche Moon,” Larry McMurtry’s prequel to “Lonesome Dove.”
In addition to producing “Pitch Perfect,” Banks also produced Disney’s 2009 sci-fi thriller “The Surrogates,” starring Bruce Willis, through her company Brownstone Productions. Upcoming projects for Brownstone, which Banks runs with her husband Max Handelman, include “Tink,” a Disney live-action romantic comedy in which Banks will star as the title character of ‘Tinkerbell;’ “Forever 21,” a Dreamworks comedy which Banks will star in and produce; “Too Far From Home,” a Universal film about three astronauts who were stranded on the international space station.
Her extensive theater credits include many roles in American Conservatory Theatre productions, as well as the Guthrie Theater’s production of “Summer & Smoke” directed by David Esbjornson. In 2006 Banks played Cherie, the female lead in William Inge’s comedy “Bus Stop,” as part of the Williamstown Theater Festival.
Originally from Massachusetts, Banks received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Graduate Degree at the American Conservatory Theater. She currently resides in Los Angeles.