Sass, a pinch of humor, and some subtlety are the requirements for throwing perfect shade, and Elizabeth Banks showed that she knows how it’s done.
The Pitch Perfect 2 director threw some shade Tara Reid’s way while recounting her early days in Hollywood.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Banks recalled the times when she was trying to catch a break.
“There was a group of us girls coming up,” the 41-year-old actress reminisced. “A lot of us are surviving. Some of us are not. I used to go to auditions with Tara Reid. So, you know, we didn’t all make it. We’re not all still here.”
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Realizing that she might have been less than complimentary there, the Hunger Games actress quickly added that “I do love Sharknado.” Ouch. While it might seem pithy to some, Banks certainly has the right to be proud of how far her career has come. She has portrayed more than 70 characters on both TV and films. She has also starred in movies like The Lego Movie, The Hunger Games and The 40 Year Old Virgin.
Compared to her, the 39-year-old Reid has been known more for partying than practicing her craft for the past several years. She has appeared mostly in TV movies and straight to DVD releases. But she did score a bit of a hit in the campy Sharkanado.
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Aside from being one of the more prolific actresses around, Banks can now add director to her list of accomplishments.
The leggy actress also talked about her directorial debut in Pitch Perfect 2 and how she landed the gig.
“I went through no hoops for this particular job,” she admitted. “I just put myself right at the spot where someone needed to be to get the job. And I prepared.”
Banks said that she always wanted to direct, so she “met DPs, I ran sets, I chose music. I went through the process of directing in little ways—nothing too big or risky or time-consuming. I just started really observing.”
She paid particular attention to her friend Judd Apatow when he helmed The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Oliver Stone when he directed her in the movie W.
Her efforts seem to have paid off, even though she doesn’t consider herself as part of that hallowed group of successful female directors yet.
At least, until Pitch Perfect 2 comes out and proves to be as successful as the original.
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