I love working with a stylist but I also love having personal relationships with designers. A stylist is great for pulling together an entire outfit, accessories included, and for shaking me out of my comfort zone.— Elizabeth Banks
The most charming Elizabeth Banks quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
When I was in college I was accused of being a goody two-shoes.
But every goody two-shoes has a bad side.
People ask me how I stay thin, and I'm like, 'When you go to the grocery store, buy more bananas than cookies.'
I am not afraid of much. I kill all the spiders in my house, and I'm planning to go skydiving. I am into girl power, and I'm very self-sufficient.
I am never embarrassed by something that makes people laugh.
I'm not trying to have Jake Gyllenhaal's baby.
I'm not a major fashionista. I'm not going through a lesbian phase. I'm just normal. I'm just really freakin' normal.
I think people respond to me as a down-to-Earth, girl-next-door person, because I am one of those people. That's something I don't have to act very hard at.
I play Rock Band, which is Guitar Hero times ten.
You can play with four people, so when you have parties, you have a real band. Nobody ever wants to sing, so I'm always the one throwing down on the mic.
My number one advice to high school girls is birth control.
You want to keep all your options open for as long as possible? Birth control.
I love physical comedy. I love Oscar Wilde, I love Shakespeare comedies, I love improv.
If I ever complain about yachting around the Mediterranean with Madonna, who I just idolized as a child, I should be slapped across the face.
Most men I know rely on women to do all the literal dirty work.
When you live in a leading lady's body, which I do, you have to constantly prove that you are funny.
I'm not interested in making movies only with female protagonists.
I think it's ridiculous to think that a female director can't direct men. That makes no sense to me.
It's pretty easy to hear what people are physically responding to versus what's just flat as a pancake in the room when it comes to jokes.
You have got to have an agent. It's a business. But I think there is a way to be artful and commercial at the same time.
I'm actively looking for things to direct again.
I had such an amazing experience on this. I really am spoiled.
I like my coffee light.
There's never enough money, there's never enough time, there's never enough reliable help around, anything you plan always goes wrong - it's just hard to be human, isn't it?
I really enjoy the direct dialogue with the fans.
I'm very cognizant of my audience. I'm a trained storyteller and entertainer, and I know I wouldn't be able to work at the level I work at if people didn't enjoy what I did.
I have a production company because this is the only job I know and this is the only career I have and the only industry I've ever worked in and the only contacts I have. It's like why wouldn't I produce?
I'm lucky to have worked with great actors, my whole career.
I really like action. I really liked running around. I loved being really physical. I'm a big believer in it's okay if this job is really about entertaining people.
Sex is always funny. I don't find it sexy, I find it really horrifying. But it's an act that we need. And that need, that desire, is what makes it really funny.
As a producer, I really get to tell stories that I care about in a way that I want to. I get to shape them. I get to choose the collaborators. That's really gratifying as a storyteller. And also, frankly, it's really fun to create jobs for other people.
I'm perfectly happy to have the reputation as a comedian.
I love comedies, I would love to be doing more comedies. But I also feel like I hit the limit on playing the girlfriend type in a lot of rom-coms that aren't actually rom-coms, but guy movies that happen to have girls in them.
I think it is really important to put out what you want so the world knows what to give you.
I like to say I don't have a fear of heights.
I have a fear of human error. I'm very concerned about stupidity.
I imagine, in the future, life expectancy is long and they use crazy plastic surgery. Who the hell knows what's going on?
As an actor, you go through life thinking "This stop is the last stop," so you just put your heart and soul into everything and do your best work.
I actually think that secrets are just a part of human nature and that everybody should have some.
You don't realize how easy one is until you have two.
Now I'm really a mom. Oh, I am a mom now! This is for serious — I am responsible for two people now.
I do want to work on a larger scale with bigger budgets partially as a way to prove that women can do that, for sure. I definitely feel a bit of a responsibility to do that.
You always agree with other actor beforehand: Are we going to fake it or are you OK with me hitting you? I've never met an actor who doesn't want to really go there. I would be disappointed in myself if I was like "Don't hit me."
As an actor myself, the opportunity to sing and dance and be dramatic and be funny - it's really irresistible to actors. You get to show all sides of your talent.
So knowing that you can actually help yourself stay healthy over a long shoot where you get no sleep and what you eat really matters. It really mattered that there was a juice bar. You know?
It's really hard to stay healthy over the long term of making a movie so that's why those things matter when you're trying to keep your health, literally.
It's really fun to watch yourself disappear in the movie every day.
The great thing about Twitter is, you get a lot back, and I read through a lot, and I want my fans to know that I do read a lot, and it's why I do respond or retweet clever posts, and I'm constantly amazed by the cleverness of people on Twitter. I just think it's a really great tool to communicate with fans and influence conversations and raise awareness about things I'm interested in, that I think deserve some attention.
I love stories about misfits and underdogs.
I got Twitter identity theft.
I'm sort of the bossiest sister.
I'm always reaching to find something that will challenge me and make me do my best.
Every once in a while I play a true idiot, and they're really fun to play.
I love the finality of film. When you make a movie, you know the beginning, middle, and end.
I'm really interested in making movies that people see: I've made a lot of independent films and it's really depressing when no one sees them.
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.
I mean time management is a big factor in my life.
I'm a very organized person. You can only do one thing at a time, so that's the main way I do everything. When I'm with my kids, I'm with my kids. When I'm directing a movie, I'm directing a movie. When I'm making Magic Mike, I'm making Magic Mike. So you just really have to fragment and focus.