10 Things You Didn’t Know About Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks is the full package. She’s gorgeous, talented and just totally awesome. It’s hard to find someone who isn’t crazy about her. Since she’s celebrating her birthday today, we have a list of 10 things you didn’t know about the stunning actress:

10. Too Old to Play Mary Jane

She screen tested to play Mary Jane Watson in Spiderman opposite Toby Maguire, but wasn’t cast because she “was too old.” She was 26 at the time. Instead, she was cast as Betty Brant.

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Photo by Gregorio Binuya/ABACAUSA.COM

9. University Sweethearts

She’s been with her husband Max Handelman since they were freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania.

Photo by MediaPunch/REX

Photo by MediaPunch/REX

8. Super Educated

She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in communications and she has a master of fine arts degree from the American Conservatory Theater.

Photo by Peter Brooker / Rex Features

Photo by Peter Brooker / Rex Features

7. Two Kids

She has two children, Felix and Magnus, both born via surrogate.

6. Everyone Loves Effie

Elizabeth Banks’ character in The Hunger Games, Effie Trinket, didn’t have much of a role in the third book, Mockingjay; however, Suzanne Collins and Francis Lawrence decided to expand her role in the last two films because they liked Effie.

Murray Close/©Lionsgate/Courtesy Everett Collection

Murray Close/©Lionsgate/Courtesy Everett Collection

5. Hides Junk Food

She keeps her trim figure by hiding junk food in places where she won’t think to look for them, like the freezer. This way she doesn’t see them constantly and forgets about it.

4. France

Her favorite vacation spot is France. “I love the south of France. I also love Paris; my husband took me there for my 25th birthday,” she said.

3. Not a Rebel

Growing up, she was a goody two shoes.

2. Bad Skin

She had really bad skin growing up and she still gets pimples. To prevent breakouts, she uses Murad Clarifying Cleanser and Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer.

1. The Settlers of Catan

Her favorite board game is The Settlers of Catan. When she and her husband don’t have a babysitter, they invite friends over to play.



Cate has a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature and has been the Managing Editor of Fame10 for more than 6 years. Despite having a love for the works of Thomas Hardy, Leo Tolstoy and Lord Byron, she also has an intense fascination with pop culture. When she isn’t writing for Fame10, she’s planning her next big adventure in Southeast Asia.