Elizabeth Banks answers Slate reader questions (VIDEO)
Elizabeth Banks Answers Slate Readers' Questions
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April 18 2012 12:43 PM

Elizabeth Banks’ Old-School Streak

The comic actress opens up about her biggest influences and answers your questions.

Elizabeth Banks in a still from The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
Elizabeth Banks in a still from The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

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Elizabeth Banks may be closely identified with a new breed of comedy, having made her mark in films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Zack and Miri Make a Porno

But she’s got an old-school streak in her that includes family roots in Pittsfield, Mass., and a deep appreciation for Rosalind Russell.

As her latest film, The Hunger Games, hit theaters, Banks sat down with Jacob Weisberg to answer his and Slate readers’ questions, including why she isn’t holding her breath for a sequel to Role Models and why she's mistaken for Parker Posey.


In Part 1 of our interview with Elizabeth Banks, she discusses the joys of working with Judd Apatow. And in Part 2, she explains how the best-selling parenting manual What to Expect When You’re Expecting was turned into a comedy. In the final segment, Banks talks about her future and how a Hollywood actress can age gracefully.