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Elizabeth Banks Covers 'Marie Claire @ Work' May 2013

Elizabeth Banks Covers 'Marie Claire @ Work' May 2013

Elizabeth Banks is ready for the day on the cover of Marie Claire @ Work‘s May 2013 issue, on newsstands April 16.

Here’s what the 39-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On female-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 how she manages her hectic schedule: “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 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.”

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# 2
Journalistic @ 04/11/2013 at 5:51 pm

Does anyone else find her first answer a bit snarky or is it just me? Never liked her either way.

# 3

@Journalistic: I don’t think it’s snarky. I can see her point. For instance, Hollywood pats itself on the back about Bridesmaids success butt even after its success there are still barely any leading comedic roles out there for women. They are mainly still regulated to the girlfriend or wife parts. Meanwhile, Sandler, Apatow, Franco, Rogen and co. are churning out comedy after comedy.

# 4

She’s right…Bridesmaids was soooo incredibly stupid. How was it even funny? Stupid and degrading to the intelligencce of women.

# 5

She sounded snarky and is probably jealous that she wasn’t in it and it did so well at the box office.

# 6


I thought it sounded snarky at first too, until I realized by “where are they?” she probably meant where are the female-centric movies that were supposed to come about from Bridesmaids…not “what are the cast of that movie up to now?”

I think she’s trying to make a point that Hollywood is still a male-dominated industry.

# 7

She also sounds a little impatient with the industry itself. Acting/singing/whatever…it’s all about waiting for jobs to come in. NO wonder she wants to be a producer.

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