Elizabeth Banks opened up in the issue of Marie Claire @Work to talk about her career and her family, which now includes two sons! The “Pitch Perfect” star dishes on it all – from producing to landing her first acting gig.
On women-focused movies: “I try not to say, ‘Yeah, Bridesmaids opened the door to make more movies about women.’ I mean, did it? I don’t know, where are they?”
On producing movies: “It’s all about managing people. You know, women in Hollywood, we don’t get action franchises and superheroes. The rom-coms that made Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, and Reese Witherspoon stars are out of favor right now—nobody is making them. In this business, if you are an ambitious person, you don’t wait for people to hand you opportunities. You have to make a way for yourself.”
On how she manages it all: “First of all, I have a home office. I have two kids, and it means I get to put them down for their naps and be the person they wake up to. When I’m actressing, which is my day job, and which I’m doing right now, I leave the house at 4:30 in the morning five days a week and I get home at 6, and hope to get two hours with them before they go to bed. So I’m slightly miserable about that.”
On working with her husband, Max Handelman at their production company, Brownstone Productions: “We realized very quickly that if we were going to have a life together, he could not go back to 9 to 5 with two weeks of vacation.”
On her early career: “I was offered a two-year contract on a soap opera right after I graduated. It would have paid off all of my student loans, and it was in New York where I wanted to live. I didn’t even have an agent at the time, but I signed with a guy who said to me, ‘You got a soap opera on your first day, let’s see what else you can get.’”