Elizabeth Banks Says Hollywood’s Sexism “Drove Her to Direct”

By Meghna Subhedhar | 1 year ago
Elizabeth Banks Says Hollywood’s Sexism “Drove Her to Direct”

Elizabeth Banks has become Fortune’s darling after she received the Emmy Award Nomination. She has many fans and her fan following is growing stronger even as we speak. However, the actress claims to have been scorched by sexism, even though she has been one of the privileged few who get frequent paychecks from Hollywood. Read on for more details.

Ibtimes reports that Banks’s star is on the rise and 2015 is turning out to be her year. She has earned several roles in fan-favorite shows and is generally looking at a solid career. But she is still worried about sexism in Hollywood.


Banks, who is known as Effie Trinket to “Hunger Games” fans, opened up to Deadline, recently and said that it is difficult for an older actress to stay relevant in Hollywood, when there is so much young talent out there to fill the void just as easily.

Banks said her roles in popular movies like the “Hunger Games” series, “helped sustain” her through tough times. However, ultimately, she couldn’t help but worry about losing important parts to up-and-comers in the business.

“Just watching my peer group get to still have lead roles in movies and know that more and more, those are going to up-and-comers instead of people who are veterans in the industry. I mean I look at Gwyneth Paltrow who has her Oscar and played fifth banana to Iron Man,” Banks said. “That to me is a great example of the fate of women in Hollywood. Like what more can you do? I didn’t even date Brad Pitt so what more can I do?”

“Oh, I think it drove me to direct for sure,” she revealed to the outlet. “I definitely was feeling that I was unfulfilled and a little bit bored by the things that were coming across my desk.”

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