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Elizabeth Banks Opens Up About Kristen Stewart Not Being the Obvious Choice for 'Charlie's Angels' Role

Elizabeth Banks Opens Up About Kristen Stewart Not Being the Obvious Choice for 'Charlie's Angels' Role

Elizabeth Banks is on the cover of the latest issue of Porter, out now.

Here’s what the 45-year-old Charlie’s Angels director and star had to say…

On making Charlie’s Angels a film about women working: “I told the studio and my collaborators: ‘I want to make a movie about women working, and I do not want to tell a story about the boyfriend they don’t see enough, or the mother they don’t call enough, or the cat they don’t feed.’ Those are ridiculous tropes in women’s movies, and you do not see James Bond worrying about calling his f–king mother.”

On empowering women through her films: “I’m not here to re-teach feminism to young women. I am here to empower them and to have them see themselves in a movie, which happens far too infrequently, especially in the action genre.”

On Kristen Stewart not being the obvious choice as Sabina in Charlie’s Angels: “She knew this was an opportunity to change the trajectory of the opportunities she was being given in Hollywood, and I wanted to do that for her. As a producer, I make movies that star women all the time, and she was not on the list [of potential stars]. I felt that needed to be changed.”

On comparing herself to her male peers earlier in her career: “I looked at the male peers I came up with [including Paul Rudd and Bradley Cooper, both of whom she has worked with in the Wet Hot American Summer franchise], and they were going off to play superheroes and making millions of dollars. I either had to believe I wasn’t as good as they were, or that the system was rigged against me and they had a lot more opportunity than I did. I had to work the system for myself, because it was not going to give me what I wanted.”

READ MORE: Ella Balinska Opens Up About Working With Elizabeth Banks on ‘Charlie’s Angels’: ‘It Was Something Incredible’

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Credit: Matthew Sprout; Photos: Porter
Posted to: Charlies Angels, Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Stewart

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