Elizabeth Banks



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Elizabeth Banks
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Banks at the New York premiere of What to Expect When You're Expecting in May 2012
BornElizabeth Irene Mitchell

(1974-02-10) February 10, 1974 (age 40)

Pittsfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
OccupationActress, producer and director
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Max Handelman (m. 2003)
Elizabeth Banks (born Elizabeth Irene Mitchell; February 10, 1974) is an American actress, producer and director. Banks made her film debut in the low-budget independent film Surrender Dorothy (1998). She is known for her roles in such films as Seabiscuit (2003), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Invincible (2006), Definitely, Maybe (2008), W. (2008), Role Models (2008), The Uninvited (2009), The Next Three Days (2010), People Like Us (2012), Man on a Ledge (2012), Pitch Perfect (2012), Movie 43 (2013), The Lego Movie (2014), and The Hunger Games film series (2012–15).

On television, Banks had a recurring role as Avery Jessup on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, which gained her two Emmy Award nominations. Previously, Banks had starred in a recurring role as Dr. Kim Briggs on Scrubs from 2006 to 2009.


    Early life and education

    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 was a factory worker for General Electric and her mother worked in a bank. She has Irish and Scottish ancestry, and has both a Catholic and Protestant family background.

    Growing up, she played baseball and rode horses. She was in little league when she broke her leg sliding into third. 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. Banks graduated magna cum laude in 1996 with a major in communications and a concentration in theater arts. In 1998, she completed schooling at the American Conservatory Theater and earned an MFA.


    Banks changed her name to avoid confusion with actress Elizabeth Mitchell. She made her acting debut in the 1998 independent film Surrender Dorothy, as Elizabeth Casey, appeared in various films over the next seven years before gaining more prominent widespread exposure through the 2005 comedy film The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

    Banks at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival
    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). The character appeared throughout seasons six, seven and eight as a recurring guest star.

    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. Also that year, she landed the starring role in the comedy-horror film Slither.

    In 2007, she played the female lead in the comedy film Meet Bill, alongside Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba. Also that year, Banks had a small role in the Christmas comedy film Fred Claus, co-starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti. In 2008, she played a love interest 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 thriller The Uninvited, a remake of the Korean horror 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 thirteen 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.

    Banks appeared in the movie The Hunger Games, playing Effie Trinket, a woman from "The Capitol" who escorts the District 12 tributes to the Hunger Games. She continues in the role in the 2013 film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. In a February 2013 episode, Banks reprised her role as Sal on Modern Family.

    Banks will portray Melinda Ledbetter Wilson, the current wife of Brian Wilson, in the upcoming 2014 biopic Love and Mercy, which is based on the life of the legendary musician and founding member of The Beach Boys, and where John Cusack will portray Wilson in later years.

    Personal life

    Banks met her husband, sportswriter and producer Max Handelman, on her first day at college on September 6, 1992. They were married in 2003. She and her husband had their first child, Felix, who was born via a surrogate in March 2011. In November 2012, Banks announced that her family had welcomed another son, Magnus Mitchell, also born via a surrogate.

    Banks went through parts of the process 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", and added, "Frankly, because I'm already doing everything [practicing religious rituals], I feel like I'm as Jewish as I'm ever going to be".



    1998Surrender DorothyVickiCredited as Elizabeth Casey
    2000ShaftTrey's friendCredited as Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell
    2001Wet Hot American SummerLindsay
    2001Ordinary SinnerRachel
    2002Spider-ManBetty Brant
    2002Swept AwayDebi
    2002Catch Me If You CanLucy Forrest
    2003The TradeSioux Sever
    2003SeabiscuitMarcela HowardNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
    2004Spider-Man 2Betty Brant
    2005Sexual LifeSarah
    2005The SistersNancy Pecket
    2005The BaxterCaroline Swann
    2005The 40-Year-Old VirginBeth
    2005Daltry CalhounMay
    2006SlitherStarla Grant
    2006InvincibleJanet CantrellNominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (Shared with Mark Wahlberg)
    2007Spider-Man 3Betty Brant
    2007Meet BillJess
    2007Fred ClausCharlene
    2008Definitely, MaybeEmily Jones
    2008Meet DaveGina Morrison
    2008Lovely, StillAlex
    2008Zack and Miri Make a PornoMiriam "Miri" Linky
    2008W.Laura BushNominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
    2008Role ModelsBeth Jones
    2009Big BreaksStarletShort film
    2009The UninvitedRachel Summers
    2009SurrogatesExecutive producer
    2010The Next Three DaysLara Brennan
    2011The DetailsNealy Lang
    2011Just a Little Heart AttackWomanShort film; also director
    2011Our Idiot BrotherMiranda
    2012Man on a LedgeLydia Mercer
    2012The Hunger GamesEffie TrinketWon—MTV Movie Award for Best Transformation

    Nominated—Teen Choice Awards Scene Stealer: Female
    2012What to Expect When You're ExpectingWendy
    2012People Like UsFrankie
    2012Pitch PerfectGail Abernathy-McKaddenAlso producer
    2013Movie 43AmySegment: "Beezel"; also director of segment "Middleschool Date"
    2013The Hunger Games: Catching FireEffie TrinketNominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
    2014Little AccidentsDiane Doyle
    2014The Lego MovieWyldstyle/LucyVoice
    2014Walk of ShameMeghan Miles
    2014Every Secret ThingDetective Nancy Porter
    2014Love and MercyMelinda Ledbetter WilsonIn post-production
    2014The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1Effie TrinketIn post-production
    2015Pitch Perfect 2Gail Abernathy-McKaddenAlso director and producer, Filming
    2015The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2Effie TrinketIn post-production


    1999All My ChildrenWaitressOne episode
    1999Third WatchElaine ElchisakEpisode: "Patterns" (credited as Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell)
    2000Sex and the CityCatherineEpisode: "Politically Erect"
    2001Law & Order: Special Victims UnitJaina Tobias JansenEpisode: "Sacrifice"
    2002Without a TraceClarissaEpisode: "Snatch Back"
    2005StellaTamaraEpisode: "Meeting Girls"

    ScrubsDr. Kim Briggs15 episodes
    2007–08Wainy DaysShelly3 episodes

    American Dad!Becky Arangino

    Lisa Silver
    3 episodes; voice
    2008Comanche MoonMaggie TiltonMiniseries

    Modern FamilySal3 episodes
    2010–1230 RockAvery Jessup15 episodes

    Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2011 & 2012)
    2012Family GuyPam Fishman (voice)Episode: "Into Fat Air"
    2012Robot ChickenMrs. Claus / Shana 'Scarlett' O'Hara (voice)Episode: "Robot Chicken's ATM Christmas Special"

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