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Elizabeth Banks On Acting, Producing, Directing, and Mothering

Elizabeth Banks on Marie Claire at WorkOne of our favorite chameleon actresses, Elizabeth Banks, is on the cover of the May issue of Marie Claire @ Work, which is the supplement to Marie Claire. Most of us first fell in love with Elizabeth in Wet Hot American Summer where she got to slobber all over Paul Rudd. Lucky Duck.

Elizabeth has taken her keen eye for cutting edge comedy and thoughtful women driven plots and, along with her husband Max Handelman, created Brownstone Productions.

Elizabeth isn’t just an actress or a producer. She is also a writer for a site she manages and has an active engagement on social media. There is also film promotional work, shooting cover sessions like the one for Marie Claire, looking for new material and directing. Elizabeth directed one of the shorts in the ensemble Movie 43.

So how does Elizabeth do it all? She shares with Marie Claire, “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,” she declares. “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.”

Elizabeth is mom to Felix and Magnus, both born via gestational surrogate.

Elizabeth’s hard work is getting some serious recognition in Los Vegas at this year’s CinemaCon. She will be given the “CinemaCon Award for Excellence in Acting” on April 18th.

I think part of the secret to her success might be having pockets on her dress. I know I am much more successful at work at mothering when I have a place to put the keys and the fruit snacks.
Image Credit: Marie Claire

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