ELIZABETH BANKS' (Bosley "Boz") career as an actress,
producer and director
continues to flourish with another prolific year ahead. She is known for roles
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 nominee for her recurring roles in "30 Rock" and
Her critically acclaimed television series "Shrill" starring Aidy Bryant is
streaming on Hulu. They recently wrapped filming season 2, which will premiere
2020. Banks produced the television series through her company Brownstone
Productions which she co-owns with her husband Max Handelman. The company is
best known for producing the hit Pitch Perfect franchise.
Last year she lent her voice again to Wildstyle opposite Chris Pratt in The
2: The Second Part after voicing the same character in the box office smash hit
Lego Movie in 2014. In 2017, she was seen in Pitch Perfect 3 reprising her role
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
Netflix reprisal of Wet Hot American Summer. Also in 2015 she hosted NBC's
Night Live." In 2014, she received critical acclaim in Love & Mercy for her role
Melinda Wilson opposite Paul Dano and John Cusack who both portrayed Brian
The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was directed by Bill Pohlad.
Her feature credits include W in which Banks garnered critical-acclaim for
her role as
First Lady Laura Bush; her breakthrough role in the Academy AwardÂ® winning film
Seabiscuit, in which she starred as Marcela Howard opposite Tobey Maguire and
Bridges; Haim Seban's Power Rangers, Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can,
Magic Mike XXL, Our Idiot Brother, The Details, Zack and Miri Make a Porno,
Like Us, What to Expect When You're Expecting, Man on a Ledge, The Next Three
Days, Role Models, Meet Dave, Invincible, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Fred Claus,
Slither, Walk of Shame, Heights, The Baxter, The Trade, Ordinary Sinner, The
Uninvited, Daltry Calhoun Sexual Life, Walk of Shame, the independent dramas
Secret Thing and Little Accidents, John Singleton's Shaft, Columbia Pictures'
blockbuster hit franchise Spider-Man as journalist Betty Brant, and the cult hit
On the small screen, Banks earned three Emmy Award nominations for
Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performances as Avery Jessup on "30
and her guest appearances as Sal on ABC's "Modern Family." She also appeared in
recurring role as Dr. Kim Porter on NBC's "Scrubs." Banks reprised her role as
in Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and has wrapped
on Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later. Her theater credits include many
in American Conservatory Theatre productions, as well as the Guthrie Theater's
production of "Summer & Smoke" directed by David Esbjornson. In 2006 Banks
Cherie, the female lead in William Inge's comedy "Bus Stop," as part of the
Williamstown Theater Festival.
On the production side, she made her directorial debut in 2015 with Pitch
which was the highest opening weekend for a musical comedy in history, the
opener for a first-time feature film director, and the second-largest opening
for a female
director. It also garnered her the Breakthrough Filmmaker of the year award at
CinemaCon Awards. With a first-look film deal at Universal and an exclusive
deal at Warner Bros. Television, her Brownstone Productions' slate includes
film, television and digital collaborations with Universal, Sony Pictures,
ABC, Lionsgate, Netflix, HULU, and Paramount Digital. The current film slate
multiple film, television and digital collaborations across various networks and
including Universal, Sony Pictures, CW, ABC, Lionsgate, FOX, NBC, HBO Max,
and Hulu. Their film slate includes The Grace Year, Science Fair, and Uncanny
at Universal Pictures; and Misconception at Sony Screen Gems. On the television
Brownstone's slate includes "DC Super Hero High" at HBO Max; Season 2 of the
critically acclaimed series "Shrill" starring Aidy Bryant at Hulu; an animated
series based off "The Flintstones" with Warner Bros. Animation; "Mavenhood" at
Bros. Television; "Love Me" at ABC; and "The Twelve" at FOX. She made her
commercial debut, directing a 2017 Superbowl television ad for detergent brand
In 2017, she produced The Most Hated Woman in America starring Melissa Leo at
Netflix. In the digital space the company produced "Resident Advisors" a digital
series with Paramount Digital which premiered on Hulu in 2015. In 2009,
produced the sci-fi thriller The Surrogates, which starred Bruce Willis.
Originally from Massachusetts, Banks received her Bachelor's Degree from the
University of Pennsylvania and her Graduate Degree at the American Conservatory
Theater. She is involved with many charities which include Center for
Rights, Planned Parenthood, LA's Best, Temple Israel of Hollywood, The First
Reach Higher Initiative, Heifer International, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and
She currently resides in Los Angeles.
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