Her portrayal of Laura Bush in W won universal raves, Zach and Miri Make a Porno has audiences laughing hysterically, but Banks is not resting on those accomplishments alone. Banks rivets as the source of the thrills in the thriller The Uninvited.
Banks grew up in New England in the colonial hamlet of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She's come a long way since leaving home and is unquestionably 2008's "It" girl.
The Uninvited star took a few minutes for SheKnows while promoting the film that arrives in theaters January 30.
SheKnows: Is it an enjoyable process keeping that guessing game for the audience going?
Elizabeth Banks: I think so, I think that's one of the best features of these types of movies in this genre, is to keep everybody guessing. Throwing in the red herrings and not knowing what's what. and making sure we don't telegraph the secret of the movie. There's a great twist on this film and we don't want to give it away too early. But, we also don't want the audience to feel cheated when it happens. That's what's fun is putting the puzzle together.
Elizabeth Banks: They're really simpatico. They work very well together. They compliment each other very well and I think they know that. It makes it much easier to work with them. It was fun, but every now and then I felt a little ganged up upon because there are two of them (laughs). For the most part, they were great.
SheKnows: A film such as The Uninvited, you're working so closely with the other actors. How was the experience from beginning to close sharing screen time with Arielle, Emily, David and the rest of the great cast?
Elizabeth Banks: David Strahan is an incredible actor who has been around the block. He was really a calming presence on set, I found. Emily and Arielle (Kebbel) became very sisterly – they were like buddies the entire time making the movie. I thought it was great that they had each other. Emily especially, because it's a crazy shoot for her. She's in nearly scene.
SheKnows: It must keep it fresh to have a diverse series of acting choices?
Elizabeth Banks: It's fun to keep people guessing and also, it feels good not to be pigeon holed yet. I think a lot of actors find themselves repeating themselves. I'm sure I will at some point (laughs), but I'm glad it hasn't happened yet.
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