Elizabeth Banks

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Banks in 2014
Elizabeth Irene Mitchell

(1974-02-10) February 10, 1974 (age 45)
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Education University of Pennsylvania (BA)
American Conservatory Theater (MFA)
  • Actress
  • director
  • writer
  • producer
Years active1998–present
Max Handelman (m. 2003)
Website elizabethbanks.com

Elizabeth Irene Banks (née Mitchell; [1] [2] born February 10, 1974) [3] is an American actress, director, writer, and producer. She is best known for starring as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games film series (2012–2015) and as Gail Abernathy-McKadden in the Pitch Perfect film series (2012–2017). Banks made her directorial film debut with Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), whose $69 million opening-weekend gross set a record for a first-time director. [4] [5] She also directed, wrote, produced, and starred in the action comedy film Charlie's Angels (2019).

<i>The Hunger Games</i> (film series) series of four films directed by Gary Ross und Francis Lawrence

The Hunger Games film series consists of four science fiction dystopian adventure films based on The Hunger Games trilogy of novels, by the American author Suzanne Collins. Distributed by Lionsgate and produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, it stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, and Donald Sutherland as President Snow. Gary Ross directed the first film, while Francis Lawrence directed the next three films.

<i>Pitch Perfect</i> (film series) film series

Pitch Perfect is an American musical comedy film series created by Kay Cannon, loosely based on the non-fiction book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate a Cappella Glory by Mickey Rapkin. Jason Moore directed the first film, and Elizabeth Banks directed the second and Trish Sie directed the third. Paul Brooks, Max Handelman, and Banks produced the films. It features an ensemble cast, including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Ben Platt, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Hailee Steinfeld, Chrissie Fit, John Michael Higgins, and Banks. The series is distributed by Universal Pictures.

<i>Pitch Perfect 2</i> 2015 American film directed by Elizabeth Banks

Pitch Perfect 2 is a 2015 American musical comedy film directed and produced by Elizabeth Banks and written by Kay Cannon. It is a sequel to the 2012 film Pitch Perfect and the second installment in the Pitch Perfect film series. The film centers on the fictional Barden University Bellas, an all-female a cappella singing group, who try to beat out a competing German musical group in a world singing championship. The film features an ensemble cast, including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Hana Mae Lee, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Kayleigh Lewinton and Shelley Regner, as well as Skylar Astin, Ben Platt, Adam DeVine, John Michael Higgins, and Banks all reprising their roles. It was released in the United States on May 15, 2015 by Universal Pictures.


Banks made her film debut in the low-budget independent film Surrender Dorothy (1998). She starred in the films Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007), Seabiscuit (2003), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Slither (2006), Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), Role Models (2008), The Next Three Days (2010), Man on a Ledge (2012), What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012), The Lego Movie (2014), Love & Mercy (2014), Magic Mike XXL (2015), Power Rangers (2017), The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019), and Brightburn (2019).

<i>Surrender Dorothy</i> (film) 1998 film

Surrender Dorothy is an independent film by director Kevin DiNovis which won first place at the 1998 Slamdance Film Festival. The film stars Peter Pryor, Kevin DiNovis, and is the first film role for Elizabeth Banks, who appears in the credits as "Elizabeth Casey."

<i>Wet Hot American Summer</i> 2001 film by David Wain

Wet Hot American Summer is a 2001 American satirical comedy film directed by David Wain from a screenplay written by Wain and Michael Showalter. The film features an ensemble cast, including Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Michael Showalter, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Zak Orth, and A. D. Miles. The film takes place during the last full day at a fictional summer camp in 1981, and spoofs the sex comedies aimed at teen audiences of that era.

Sam Raimi American film director, producer, writer and actor

Samuel M. Raimi is an American filmmaker, actor, and producer, primarily known for creating the cult horror Evil Dead series, and directing the Spider-Man trilogy (2002–07). He also directed the 1990 superhero film Darkman, the 1998 neo-noir crime-thriller A Simple Plan, the 2000 supernatural thriller film The Gift, the 2009 supernatural horror film Drag Me to Hell, and the 2013 Disney fantasy film Oz the Great and Powerful. Raimi has also produced several successful television series, including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and its spin-off Xena: Warrior Princess. He founded the production company Renaissance Pictures in 1979.

On television, Banks had a recurring role as Avery Jessup on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock , which earned her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She also had recurring roles on the comedy series Scrubs and Modern Family , the latter of which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Banks starred in the Netflix miniseries Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015) and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (2017). As of 2019, she hosts a revival of the 1980s game show Press Your Luck on ABC.

A recurring character or supporting character is a fictional character, usually in a prime time TV series, who frequently appears from time to time during the series' run. Recurring characters often play major roles in more than one episode, sometimes being the main focus. They may be contrasted with "regular" characters, who typically appear in every or almost every episode of a series. Recurring characters appear less frequently than regulars, but more frequently than guest star characters, who may appear in only one or two episodes without being expected to return.

NBC American television and radio network

The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American English-language commercial terrestrial television network that is a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. The network is one of the Big Three television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting. It became the network's official emblem in 1979.

<i>30 Rock</i> American television sitcom created by Tina Fey for NBC

30 Rock is an American satirical television sitcom created by Tina Fey for NBC. It originally aired from October 11, 2006 to January 31, 2013. The series, based on Fey's experiences as head writer for Saturday Night Live, takes place behind the scenes of a fictional live sketch comedy show depicted as airing on NBC. The series's name refers to 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, the address of the Comcast Building, where the NBC Studios are located and where Saturday Night Live is written, produced, and performed. This series was produced by Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc., in association with NBCUniversal.

Early life

Banks was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and grew up on Brown Street, the eldest of four children of Ann (née Wallace) and Mark P. Mitchell. [6] Her father, a Vietnam veteran, was a factory worker for General Electric and her mother worked in a bank. [7] She has said that she grew up "Irish + WASP + Catholic." [8]

Pittsfield, Massachusetts City in Massachusetts

Pittsfield is the largest city and the historic county seat of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is the principal city of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Berkshire County. The population was 44,737 at the 2010 census. Although the population has declined in recent decades, Pittsfield remains the fourth largest municipality in western Massachusetts, behind only Springfield, Holyoke, and Chicopee. In 2006, Forbes ranked Pittsfield as number 61 in its list of Best Small Places for Business. In 2008, Country Home magazine ranked Pittsfield as #24 in a listing of "green cities" east of the Mississippi. In 2009, the City of Pittsfield was chosen to receive a 2009 Commonwealth Award, Massachusetts' highest award in the arts, humanities, and sciences. In 2010, the Financial Times proclaimed Pittsfield the "Brooklyn of the Berkshires", in an article covering its recent renaissance.

Vietnam War 1955–1975 conflict in Vietnam

The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and South Vietnam. North Vietnam was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; South Vietnam was supported by the United States, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war, considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some, lasted 19 years, with direct U.S. involvement ending in 1973, and included the Laotian Civil War and the Cambodian Civil War, resulting in all three countries becoming communist in 1975.

Veteran person who has served in the armed forces

A veteran is a person who has had long service or experience in a particular occupation or field. A military veteran is a person who has served and is no longer serving in armed forces. Those veterans that have had direct exposure to acts of military conflict may also be referred to as war veterans. A combat veteran is a person who has fought in combat during a war or a skirmish against a declared enemy and may still be serving in the military.

In an interview promoting the ABC revival of Press Your Luck , Banks talked about being a latchkey kid and watching a lot of game shows after school, among them the original CBS version of Press Your Luck. [9] This would later influence her decision to serve as hostess and executive producer of the ABC revival.

American Broadcasting Company American broadcast television network

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American commercial broadcast television network that is a flagship property of Walt Disney Television, a subsidiary of the Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company. The network is headquartered in Burbank, California on Riverside Drive, directly across the street from Walt Disney Studios and adjacent to the Roy E. Disney Animation Building. The network's secondary offices, and headquarters of its news division, is in New York City, New York, at their broadcast center at 77 West 66th Street in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

<i>Press Your Luck</i> American game show

Press Your Luck is an American television game show created by Bill Carruthers and Jan McCormack. It premiered on CBS daytime on September 19, 1983, and ended on September 26, 1986; it was revived on ABC primetime on June 12, 2019 as a weekly show for the summer season. In the show, contestants collected spins by answering trivia questions and then used the spins on an 18-space game board to win cash and prizes. The contestant on the CBS version who amassed the highest total in cash and prizes kept their winnings for the day and became the returning champion. The contestant on the ABC version who amassed the highest total in cash and prizes kept their winnings for the day and played a bonus round for as much as $1 million. Peter Tomarken was the show's original host, and Rod Roddy was the primary announcer. John Harlan and Charlie O'Donnell filled in as substitute announcers for Roddy on different occasions. The ABC revival of the show is hosted by Elizabeth Banks and Neil Ross is the announcer. Press Your Luck is videotaped before a live studio audience at CBS Television City, Studios 33 and 43, in Hollywood, California; the ABC revival is also credited as being "from Television City in Hollywood". and was taped in Studio 36. The show was a retooling of the earlier Carruthers production Second Chance, which was hosted by Jim Peck and aired on ABC in 1977.

Latchkey kid

A latchkey kid, or latchkey child, is a child who returns from school to an empty home, or a child who is often left at home with little parental supervision, because their parent or parents are away at work.

Growing up, Banks played baseball and rode horses. She was in Little League when she broke her leg sliding into third base. She then tried out for the school play, which was her start in acting. [10] She graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1992, and is a member of the Massachusetts Junior Classical League. [11] She attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority and was elected to the Friars Senior Society. She graduated magna cum laude in 1996 with a major in communications and a minor in theater arts. [12] In 1998, she completed schooling at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California, where she earned an MFA degree. [13] [14]

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Little League Baseball and Softball is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, United States, that organizes local youth baseball and softball leagues throughout the United States and the rest of the world.

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Pittsfield High School is a four year comprehensive public high school in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The school dates its founding to 1844. It is administered by the Pittsfield Public Schools district and is the oldest of the district's two high schools. Enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year included 916 students. 51% of the student population was female and 49% were male. Students of African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and Multi-Race, Non-Hispanic ethnicity and heritage comprised 21.8% percent of the student population.


1998–2005: Early career and breakthrough

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Banks at the Spider-Man 3 premiere in 2007

Banks changed her name upon joining the Screen Actors Guild, as actress Elizabeth Mitchell was already registered in the union under that name. [15]

After auditioning in New York, she was offered a role on the soap opera Santa Barbara . Taking the role would have required her to quit her education at the American Conservatory Theatre, and Banks ultimately decided to forgo the offer due to having taken out student loans to complete her degree. [16] She made her acting debut in the 1998 independent film Surrender Dorothy , as Elizabeth Casey, and appeared in various films over the next seven years including Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Swept Away (2002), and Seabiscuit (2003). [17]

In 2002, Banks set up her own production company called Brownstone Productions with her husband, Max Handelman.

Banks gained more prominent widespread exposure with her role in the 2005 comedy film The 40-Year-Old Virgin . [18] In August 2005, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Banks starred in William Inge's Bus Stop as Cherie, the sexy blonde aspiring nightclub singer. [19] Jeffrey Borak wrote that Banks' portrayal was acted "with poise, clarity and a shrewd feel for Cherie's complexities. Her performance is all of a piece and in harmony, stylistically, with the performances around her." [20] In 2005, she appeared on the series Stella , and in May 2006, she had a role in the season five finale of the NBC sitcom Scrubs as Dr. Kim Briggs, the love interest of J.D. (Zach Braff). Banks appeared throughout seasons six, seven, and eight as a recurring guest star. [21]

2006–2014: Further success and recognition

In 2006, Banks appeared in the American football drama film Invincible , in which she played Mark Wahlberg's love interest. Later, she and co-star Wahlberg were nominated for the "Best Kiss" award at the MTV Movie Awards. [22] That same year, she landed the starring role in the comedy-horror film Slither . [23]

In 2007, Banks played the female lead in the comedy film Meet Bill , alongside Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba. [21] That same year, she had a small role as Santa's little helper, Charlyne, in the Christmas comedy film Fred Claus , co-starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti. In 2008, she played the ex-wife and mother of the daughter of Ryan Reynolds lead in the comedy film Definitely, Maybe , alongside Isla Fisher and Ryan Reynolds, [24] starred with Seth Rogen as the eponymous female lead in the Kevin Smith comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno , [21] and played United States First Lady Laura Bush in W. , Oliver Stone's biopic of George W. Bush. [25]

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Banks at the What to Expect When You're Expecting premiere in 2012

In 2009, Banks appeared in the horror film The Uninvited , a remake of the South Korean film A Tale of Two Sisters . [26] The film was about an intrusive stepmother who makes life miserable for the teen daughters of her new husband. Banks based her character, Rachel, on Rebecca De Mornay's character in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle . [27] "It was very important to me that every line reading I gave could be interpreted two ways," says Banks of her role, "So that when you go back through the movie you can see that". [27]

Banks is a frequent co-star of actor Paul Rudd, the two having appeared in five films together to date ( Wet Hot American Summer , The Baxter , The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Role Models , and Our Idiot Brother ). [28] She is also a frequent co-star of actor Tobey Maguire, the two having also appeared in five films together ( Spider-Man , Seabiscuit , Spider-Man 2 , Spider-Man 3 , and The Details ). [29]

Banks was cast as a love interest for Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) in the fourth season of the Emmy Award-winning sitcom 30 Rock . [30] Intended to appear in four episodes in 2010, Banks went on to become a recurring character with 13 appearances by the end of the fifth season, including her marriage in the episode Mrs. Donaghy . Her performance in season five earned her a nomination for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. [31]

In 2012, Banks starred in the romantic comedy film What to Expect When You're Expecting and the action film Man on a Ledge . She also starred as Gail Abernathy-McKadden in the musical comedy film Pitch Perfect , which became a critical and commercial success.

Banks starred in the science fiction adventure film The Hunger Games (2012), playing Effie Trinket, a woman from "The Capitol" who escorts the District 12 tributes to the annual Hunger Games. She went on to reprise the role in the sequel films The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015). [21] Banks co-starred in the 2014 movie Every Secret Thing , playing Detective Nancy Porter investigating the disappearance of a young child with similarities to a case she had previously been involved with. [32]

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Banks at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con

In 2014, Banks was recognized by Elle Magazine during The Women in Hollywood Awards, honoring women for their outstanding achievements in film, spanning all aspects of the motion picture industry, including acting, directing, and producing. [33]

2015–present: Directorial debut and continued success

After producing and starring in the film Pitch Perfect, Banks directed its sequel, Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), making her feature directorial debut. She also co-produced and starred in both Pitch Perfect 2 and the next sequel, Pitch Perfect 3 (2017). [34]

Banks portrayed Melinda Ledbetter Wilson, the wife of Brian Wilson, in the 2015 biopic Love & Mercy , which is based on the life of the legendary musician and founding member of The Beach Boys, as portrayed by John Cusack. [35]

In 2015, she was named as a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. The festival is chaired by Alfonso Cuarón. [36] Also in 2015, Banks became a spokeswoman for Realtor.com in their series of television commercials. [37] As of mid-February 2016, Banks became the commercial face of Old Navy. [38] She also played space alien Rita Repulsa in the 2017 Power Rangers reboot film. [39]

In 2018, Banks co-starred as Jenny in the comedy film The Happytime Murders , alongside Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph. [40] In 2019, she reprised her starring role as Lucy / Wyldstyle in the animated comedy film The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part . She then starred as Tori Breyer in the superhero horror film Brightburn .

On May 2, 2019, ABC announced Banks as the host of the summer 2019 revival of the game show Press Your Luck . [41] Banks directed, produced, wrote, and starred as Bosley in the action comedy film Charlie's Angels , which is set for release in November 2019. [42] She will also appear in the FX miniseries Mrs. America as Jill Ruckelshaus. [43]

Personal life

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Banks during a USO visit at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan in 2015

Banks met her husband, Max Handelman, a sportswriter and producer from Portland, Oregon, [44] on her first day of college on September 7, 1992. They were married in 2003. The couple have two sons. [45] She and her husband had their first child born through a surrogate in March 2011. [46] In November 2012, Banks announced the birth of another son also by a surrogate. [47]

Banks went through parts of conversion to Judaism, her husband's faith, and studied with rabbis. In 2013, speaking of her religion, she stated that she practices Judaism, though "I did not have my mikveh , so technically I'm not converted," but that she has "been essentially a Jew for like 15 years," adding "Frankly, because I'm already doing everything [practicing religious rituals], I feel like I'm as Jewish as I'm ever going to be." [48] [49]

Banks was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign [50] and was involved in a rendition of Rachel Platten's single "Fight Song" with other celebrities at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. [51]



1998 Surrender Dorothy VickiCredited as Elizabeth Casey
2000 Shaft Trey's friendCredited as Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell
2001 Wet Hot American Summer Lindsay
Ordinary SinnerRachel
2002 Spider-Man Betty Brant
Swept Away Debi
Catch Me If You Can Lucy Forrest
2003The TradeSioux Sever
Seabiscuit Marcela Howard
2004 Spider-Man 2 Betty Brant
2005 Heights Isabel Lee
Sexual Life Sarah
The Sisters Nancy Pecket
The Baxter Caroline Swann
The 40-Year-Old Virgin Beth
Daltry Calhoun May
2006 Slither Starla Grant
Invincible Janet Cantrell
2007 Spider-Man 3 Betty Brant
Meet Bill Jess
Fred Claus Charlene
2008 Definitely, Maybe Emily Jones
Meet Dave Gina Morrison
Lovely, Still Alex
W. Laura Bush
Zack and Miri Make a Porno Miriam "Miri" Linky
Role Models Beth Jones
2009Big BreaksStarletShort film
The Uninvited Rachel Summers
Surrogates N/AExecutive producer
2010 The Next Three Days Lara Brennan
2011 The Details Nealy Lang
Just a Little Heart AttackWomanShort film
Also director
Our Idiot Brother Miranda Rochlin
2012 Man on a Ledge Lydia Mercer
The Hunger Games Effie Trinket
What to Expect When You're Expecting Wendy Cooper
People Like Us Frankie Davis
Pitch Perfect Gail Abernathy-McKaddenAlso producer
2013 Movie 43 AmySegment: "Beezel"; directed segment: "Middleschool Date"
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Effie Trinket
2014 Little Accidents Diane Doyle
The Lego Movie Lucy / Wyldstyle Voice role
Walk of Shame Meghan Miles
Every Secret Thing Detective Nancy Porter
Love & Mercy Melinda Ledbetter
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Effie Trinket
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 Gail Abernathy-McKadden-FeinbergerAlso director and producer
Magic Mike XXL Paris
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Effie Trinket
2017 The Most Hated Woman in America N/AProducer
Power Rangers Rita Repulsa
Pitch Perfect 3 Gail Abernathy-McKadden-FeinbergerAlso producer
2018 The Happytime Murders Jenny
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Lucy / WyldstyleVoice role
Brightburn Tori Breyer
Charlie's Angels Bosley [52] Post-production; also director, producer and screenwriter


1998Keep Going SafetyBen's MomVoice role
1999 All My Children Rosalie1 episode
Third Watch Elaine ElchisakEpisode: "Patterns" (credited as Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell)
2000 Sex and the City CatherineEpisode: "Politically Erect"
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jaina Tobias JansenEpisode: "Sacrifice"
2002 Without a Trace ClarissaEpisode: "Snatch Back"
2002-2007American BikersEmma Wilder (voice)Main cast
2005 Stella TamaraEpisode: "Meeting Girls"
2006–09 Scrubs Dr. Kim Briggs 17 episodes
2007–08 Wainy Days Shelly3 episodes
American Dad! Becky Arangino / Lisa SilverVoice role; 3 episodes
2008 Comanche Moon Maggie Tilton3 episodes
Modern Family Sal6 episodes
2010–12 30 Rock Avery Jessup 15 episodes
2012 Family Guy Pam FishmanVoice role; episode: "Into Fat Air"
Robot Chicken Mrs. Claus / Shana "Scarlett" O'Hara Voice role; episode: "Robot Chicken's ATM Christmas Special"
Comedy Bang! Bang! HerselfEpisode: "Elizabeth Banks Wears a Red Dress"
2013Timms ValleyBeth Billings-TimmsVoice role; pilot
2014 Phineas and Ferb GrulindaVoice role; episode: "Imperfect Storm"
2015 Resident Advisors DoctorEpisode: "Motivational Speaker "; also producer
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Lindsay6 episodes
Moonbeam City Chief Pizzaz MillerVoice role; 10 episodes
The Muppets HerselfEpisode: "Pig Girls Don't Cry"
Saturday Night Live Herself / HostEpisode: "Elizabeth Banks / Disclosure"
2017 Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Lindsay5 episodes
Curb Your Enthusiasm HerselfEpisode: "A Disturbance in the Kitchen"
2019Random ActsVexVoice role; episode: "The Phantom Thief"
Shrill N/AExecutive producer; 6 episodes
Press Your Luck HerselfHost and executive producer
2020 Mrs. America Jill Ruckelshaus Miniseries; filming

Music videos

2016"Our Fight Song"Various ArtistsHerself (singer) [53]
2018"Girls Like You" (Original, Volume 2 and Vertical Video versions) Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B Herself [54] [55] [56]
"Crushin' It"The Slay TeamMogul Mama [57]
2019"Don't Call Me Angel" (Original and Lyric Video versions) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey Bosley

Video games

YearTitleVoice roleNotes
2015 Lego Dimensions Lucy / Wyldstyle

Awards and nominations

2003Seabiscuit Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated [58]
2006Invincible MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Nominated [22]
Slither Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Relationship from HellNominated
2008W. Detroit Film Critics Society Best Supporting ActressNominated [59]
2009N/A Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards Face of the Future Award Won [60]
The UninvitedFright Meter AwardsBest Supporting ActressNominated
201130 Rock Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [31]
Gold Derby Awards Best Comedy Guest actressNominated
2012The Hunger Games MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Transformation Won [61]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Female Scene Stealer Nominated [62]
30 Rock Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [31]
2013Movie 43 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Director Won [63]
N/A CinemaCon Excellence in ActingWon [64]
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen TransformationNominated [65]
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [66]
Modern FamilyOnline Film & Television Association AwardsBest Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated [67]
Gold Derby Awards Best Comedy Guest ActressNominated
2014The Lego MovieBTVA AwardsBest Female Lead Vocal PerformanceNominated [68]
Best Vocal EnsembleNominated
BTVA People's Choice AwardsBest Female Lead Vocal PerformanceWon
Best Vocal EnsembleWon
Love & Mercy Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting ActressNominated [69]
Austin Film Critics Association Best Supporting ActressNominated [70]
Indiana Film Journalists AssociationBest Supporting ActressNominated [71]
Denver Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActressNominated [72]
Las Vegas Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActressWon [73]
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Supporting ActressNominated [74]
Georgia Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActressNominated
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso AwardWon [75]
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated [76]
2015N/ACinemaConBreakthrough Filmmaker of the YearWon [77]
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen TransformationWon [78]
Modern FamilyOnline Film & Television Association AwardsBest Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated [79]
Gold Derby Awards Best Comedy Guest ActressNominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [31]
Pitch Perfect 2 Golden Raspberry Awards The Razzie Redeemer Award Nominated [80]
2016Lego DimensionsBTVA AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Video GameWon
BTVA People's Choice AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Video GameWon
2017Power RangersTeen Choice Awards Choice Movie Villain Nominated

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