THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART
ELIZABETH BANKS's (Lucy) career as an actress, producer and
director continues to
flourish with another prolific year ahead. She is known for roles in both comedy
and drama as
well as film and television, with stand-out performances in projects including
"The Hunger Games"
franchise, "Love & Mercy," and "The LEGO Movie." She is also a three-time Emmy
her recurring roles in "30 Rock" and "Modern Family."
Banks recently wrapped directing the "Charlie's Angels" reboot, which she
produced and will appear in as Bosley. Also last year, she was seen in "Pitch
Perfect 3," in which
she returned to play Gail. She also produced the "Pitch Perfect" franchise
through her production
company, Brownstone Productions, along with her husband, Max Handelman.
In 2015, Banks returned to her popular role as Effie Trinket in "The Hunger
Mockingjay - Part 2." She also appeared in a cameo role in "Magic Mike XXL" and
in the Netflix
reprise of "Wet Hot American Summer." Additionally, she hosted NBC's "Saturday
In 2014, Banks lent her voice to Wyldstyle, aka Lucy, in the box-office hit "The
Movie." The same year she received critical acclaim for her role as Melinda
Wilson in "Love &
Mercy," opposite Paul Dano and John Cusack, who both portrayed Brian Wilson. The
premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was directed by Bill Pohlad.
Her feature credits include "W," for which Banks garnered critical acclaim
performance as First Lady Laura Bush; her breakthrough role in the Academy
"Seabiscuit," in which she starred as Marcela Howard opposite Tobey Maguire and
Haim Seban's "Power Rangers"; Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can"; "Magic
"Our Idiot Brother";" The Details"; "Zack and Miri Make a Porno"; "People Like
Us"; "What to
Expect When You're Expecting"; "Man on a Ledge"; "The Next Three Days"; "Role
Dave"; "Invincible"; "The 40-Year-Old Virgin"; "Fred Claus"; "Sisters";
"Slither"; "Walk of Shame";
"Heights"; "The Baxter"; "The Trade"; "Ordinary Sinner"; "The Uninvited"; "Daltry
"Sexual Life"; "Walk of Shame"; the independent dramas "Every Secret Thing" and
Accidents"; John Singleton's "Shaft"; the blockbuster hit franchise "Spider-Man"
as journalist Betty
Brant; and the cult hit "Wet, Hot, American Summer."
On the small screen, Banks earned three Emmy nominations for Outstanding
Actress in a Comedy Series for her performances as Avery Jessup on "30 Rock" and
as Sal on
ABC's "Modern Family." She also appeared in a recurring role as Dr. Kim Porter
"Scrubs." Banks reprised her role as Lindsay' in Netflix's "Wet Hot American
Summer: First Day
of Camp" and has wrapped production on "Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years
Her theater credits include many roles in American Conservatory Theatre
well as the Guthrie Theater's production of "Summer & Smoke," directed by David
In 2006 Banks played Cherie, the female lead in William Inge's comedy "Bus
Stop," as part of the
Williamstown Theater Festival.
Banks made her directorial debut in 2015 with "Pitch Perfect 2," which was
opening weekend for a musical in history, the biggest opener for a first-time
feature film director,
and the second-largest opening for a female director. It also garnered her the
Filmmaker of the Year award at the 2015 CinemaCon. With a first-look film deal
at Universal and
an exclusive television deal at Warner Bros. Television, her Brownstone
includes multiple film, television and digital collaborations with Universal,
Sony Pictures, Amazon,
CW, ABC, Lionsgate, Netflix, HULU, and Paramount Digital. The current film slate
"Queen for a Day" and "White Girl Problems," as well as "Red Queen" and Paper
both of which she is attached to direct. Brownstone's upcoming television slate
at NBC; "Patty's Auto" at Fox, "The Untitled Nkechi Carroll Project" at ABC,
Berlanti Productions; and "Girl Waits with a Gun" at Amazon. She made her
directing a 2017 Super Bowl television ad for detergent brand Persil. Also in
2017, she produced
"The Most Hated Woman in America," starring Melissa Leo for Netflix. In the
digital space, the
company produced "Resident Advisors," a digital comedy series with Paramount
premiered on HULU in 2015.
In 2009, Brownstone produced the sci-fi thriller "The Surrogates," starring
Originally from Massachusetts, Banks received her bachelor's degree from the
of Pennsylvania and her graduate degree at the American Conservatory Theater.
She is involved
with many charities, which include LA's Best, Temple Israel of Hollywood,
The First Lady's Reach Higher Initiative, Heifer International, Intrepid Fallen
Heroes Fund, and
Turnaround Arts. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
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