Elizabeth Banks on Her Roles in The Hunger Games, Our Idiot Brother, and 30 Rock

Elizabeth Banks.

Elizabeth Banks landed her first feature role ten years ago, as Paul Rudd’s slobbery make-out partner in Wet Hot American Summer. Now the two are onto their fifth collaboration with Our Idiot Brother (in theaters August 26). In it, Banks plays a cutthroat journalist named Miranda who is trying to impress her bosses at Vanity Fair with a good story. Rudd is the movie’s idiot brother, Ned, a guy who’s just out of jail for selling pot to a cop in uniform and reentering the lives of his three putatively more "together" sisters (Banks, Emily Mortimer, and Zooey Deschanel). Jada Yuan spoke with Banks for a New York Magazine feature shortly after the actress finished shooting her first scenes for what is sure to be her most watched movie to date: The Hunger Games, the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’s hugely popular dystopian trilogy. Banks stars as Effie Trinket, the pink-haired "mentor" to teenage heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as she’s forced to fight other kids to the death on TV. Here is more from their wide-ranging conversation. Read More...



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