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Elizabeth Banks Covers 'Self' November 2010

Elizabeth Banks Covers 'Self' November 2010

Elizabeth Banks is cozy in a Michael Kors sweater on the cover of Self magazine’s November 2010 issue!

Here’s what the 36-year-old Next Three Days actress had to share:

On always wanting to continue learning: “I relish learning. I am a voracious reader and also really value hands-on experiences. In my new film, I play a woman who is accused of murder and jailed. So to prepare for the role, I read a lot about the penal system and I visited a prison. I was locked in a cell for three minutes, at which point I wanted to cry. That was long enough for me! I have a good idea now of what Lindsay Lohan went through! But really, whatever I’m involved in, whether it’s for a role or my interest in nature, I like educating myself.”

On being more conscious of her habits: “[Husband Max Handelman] and I have cut out other things, like cable channels, because we’d rather spend money on good food. We’re just trying to think more about the cycle of life we’re part of. It also goes back to your real-life experiences. McDonald’s hamburgers might be delicious in my mouth, but my real-life experience is that they make my belly hurt. I already didn’t eat them that often, and now I know more about how things are processed. If they don’t make me feel great, why would I bother eating them?”

On doing her part to consume less: “I’m no scientist, but it’s clear to me we’re putting too much pressure on the earth. So we are trying to consume less. I bring my own bags to the grocery store. I buy in bulk whenever I can, so there’s less packaging. We got rid of our pool heater. I still have a car, but I walk everywhere I can.”

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  • Rita

    I LOVED IT on that episode of 30 Rock where Banks’ character is on the red carpet with Alex Baldwin and one of the photogs yell at her ‘Chelsea Handler, here!’ I lol’ed.

  • Dan

    @Rita: 30 Rock is awesome.

    I love every response Elizabeth Banks gave to the questions. She enjoys learning and she brings her own recyclable bags! Also, she cuts cable to buy better food, now that says something. Sure she could afford both, but you don’t know her financial situation and it also means she doesn’t waste money whenever possible.

    She’s gorgeous too!

  • Twinkle

    I really like her outlook. It’s very admirable.

  • Andrew

    Have you seen the shoot with Elizabeth for BULLETT Mag!?!?! She’s freakin GORGEOUS!

  • Lindley

    She’s such a good actress. I love her personality too. She should be in bigger movies. :)

  • lexy hates bilson

    Glad to see this talented actress on a magazine cover and on this web site!!

  • Sandra

    She is amazing in every sense of the word. Her talent, lifestyle, and natural beauty are so refreshing in this age of tabloids, breast implants, and Botox.

    I hope Hollywood sits up and takes notice so she starts getting better roles. She’s too good to keep being the “token girlfriend”.