Elizabeth Banks is an actress, producer, and director who is best known for her roles in "The Hunger Games" film series, "Pitch Perfect," and "30 Rock."
Elizabeth discovered her love of acting during high school when she auditioned for a school play. After graduating from high school, she went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1996. She attended the American Conservatory Theater in 1998, where she earned an MFA. Her debut role was as Elizabeth Casey in the independent film "Surrender Dorothy" in 1998.
She then landed a role as Dr. Kim Briggs on the fifth season of NBC's "Scrubs," and continued to appear on the show during the sixth, seventh, and eighth seasons. In 2005, appeared in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” and in 2006 played Mark Wahlberg's love interest in the football drama "Invincible." Shortly thereafter, she played the lead alongside Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba in the 2007 comedy "Meet Bill." The same year, she played a small role alongside Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti in "Fred Clause." She has since appeared in films such as "Definitely, Maybe," "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," and "The Uninvited." In 2010, Elizabeth was cast as Alec Baldwin's love interest on the Emmy Award-winning sitcom "30 Rock." She received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on "30 Rock." She has since appeared as Effie Trinket in the action film series "The Hunger Games," which premiered in 2012. The second installation of the series will be released in 2013.
Elizabeth married sports writer and producer Max Handleman in 2003. Together they have two children: Felix and Magnus Mitchell.