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Sunday 31 August 2014

Elizabeth Banks: Making movies is a gamble

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks says producing a hit movie is always a gamble.

The actress' company, Brownstone Productions, produced last year's breakout hit Pitch Perfect.

Despite the success of the musical comedy, Elizabeth is sceptical that the film industry is suddenly more accepting of funny movies starring women.

"Predicting what content is going to fly is like looking into a crystal ball," Elizabeth told Marie Claire's work issue. "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?"

The 39-year-old runs Brownstone with her husband Max Handelman, with whom she has two children. She explained how she juggles producing, acting and raising her kids, who are both under the age of three.

"It's all about managing people," she explained. "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 favour 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."

The go-getting star says maintaining control has been part of her long-term career plan. She has passed up big-money role offers in the past because they didn't offer her the security she was after.

"I was offered a two-year contract on a soap opera right after I graduated," she revealed. "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.'"

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