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Quote of the Day: Elizabeth Banks Talks Simple Pleasures

“Sure, orgasms are nice but nothing beats the bliss of a perfectly popped blackhead.”

Elizabeth Banks, on simple pleasures

Hunger Games Star Reveals Crush on Co-Star

Elizabeth Banks is one of the stars of The Hunger Games, playing the role of Effie Trinket. In an interview with Parade.com, Banks talks about why she loves the Hunger Games book and who she has a crush on. Yeah, he is her co-star! OOOOOOO!

Check out the highlights below.

ON WHETHER SHE READ THE HUNGER GAMES BOOK BEFORE GETTING THE SCRIPT:

“Yes. I was a very early adopter. It was so epic in scope, and had such a fantastic heroine at the heart of it, that it felt to me, especially as a woman, that I had found my Lord of the Rings.”

ON HER BIGGEST CHALLENGE PLAYING EFFIE:

“It was very important that Effie be very three-dimensional. She can be dismissed as a buffoon or a clown. She absolutely is those things, but I wanted to make sure that you understand that she is the representative of the Capital and all that the Capital stands for. And the Capital is a dark place. She drank the Kool-Aid.”

ON EFFIE’S OVER-THE-TOP LOOK:

“The director, Gary Ross, said, ‘I have this image that she’s Joel Grey in Cabaret.’ So that’s where we got the super-white skin. She is someone striving for perfection and misfiring. I also based her partly on Rosalind Russell’s version of Auntie Mame. Effie is like your crazy aunt that sits at the dining room table and says all the wrong things at dinner.”

ON WORKING WITH WOODY HARRELSON:

“It was a dream. I like to say that Elizabeth Banks has a crush on Woody Harrelson and Effie has a crush on Haymitch, and Haymitch can’t stand Effie. I don’t know where Woody stands on Elizabeth.”

I wonder if any other romances will evolve from this trilogy.

Check out the full interview with Parade.com and Elizabeth Banks here.

Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks is into prison rodeos, beef and baseball

Actress Elizabeth Banks, who stars in the upcoming movies Man on the Ledge, Hunger Games, and What to Expect When You’re Expecting, graces the March cover of Women’s Health, out on newsstands now! The beautiful actress spilled her secrets on filming her upcoming movies, the best career advice she ever received and how she stays healthy (and her splurges) to keep her healthy figure. And believe it or not, Elizabeth is also celebrating her 38th birthday on February 10th! Get it, girl!

Highlights from the interview below.

ON HER UPCOMING ACTION FLICK, MAN ON A LEDGE:

“[It was] a great ride of a movie. I got to shoot a gun and stand on a five-foot ledge 22 stories above Manhattan.”

ON THE HUNGER GAMES:

“Anytime you can work on something that’s really entertaining but also has an intellectual idea at heart, it’s very exciting.”

ON THE TRAITS THAT MAKE HER POPULAR WITH MEN:

“I can hang with the dudes because I love beef and baseball and driving fast and flirting. I understand where men are coming from and I’m interested in typically male endeavors. But I can also wear the short skirt and cheerlead.”

ON THE SECRET TO A HAPPY MARRIAGE:

“Don’t embarrass your husband. Unfortunately, everything I do embarrasses him. But he’s very accepting. I’m onscreen making out with other men! I know I could never be married to an actor.”

ON HOW SHE’S STAYED HAPPILY MARRIED:

“Number one, I never check any previous Google searches that my husband did. I don’t want to know those things and, more than that, I don’t want to confirm the things I think I know! It’s good to maintain that mystery and trust.”

ON RUNNING FOR OFFICE:

“I’m a good role model. I have an amazing marriage and it will be long lasting. I think I’m a good mom. I could run for office, no problem, because there are no skeletons in my closet. Not that I would run for office…”

ON BECOMING A MOTHER THROUGH SURROGACY:

“It helped that other moms had said that once they had their babies, they forgot they were ever pregnant. So once my focus became the baby and not the pregnancy, it was a very easy decision.”

ON HER TOP FITNESS TRICK:

“I do this system called TRX. It was developed by a Navy SEAL and is basically a simple cord that you can wrap around something anywhere, anytime, and you use your body weight as resistance. We installed one in our home gym, but you can also attach it to a tree. It’s very easy to travel with.”

ON WHAT SHE CALLS “AWESOME”:

“Prison rodeos. Google this shit! I’m dying to go!”

ON WHAT MAKES HER LAUGH:

“You’ll never see me in a T-shirt that has the body of a skinny lady wearing a bikini. But that fact that it exists really tickles me. And I think it’s hilarious when a fat lady wears it. Fat lady wearing it, hilarious. Guy in it, even funnier.”

For more of the Elizabeth Banks feature check out Women’s Health magazine here.