Shade amidst the Sharknado! Elizabeth Banks was brutally honest in one recent interview about what happens in Hollywood to women after a certain age, using her peer, Tara Reid, as one example as a failure story.
"There was a group of us girls coming up," the Wet Hot American Summer actress, 41, told The Hollywood Reporter. "A lot of us are surviving. Some of us are not."
Amongst that group of ladies? "I used to go to auditions with Tara Reid," Banks shared. "So, you know, we didn't all make it. We're not all still here." According to the mag, Banks quickly noted: "I do love Sharknado."
Indeed, Reid, now 39, reveled in the spotlight after the release of her 1999 movie American Pie, which costarred actresses Alyson Hannigan, Mena Suvari, Natasha Lyonne, and Shannon Elizabeth. Reid's most recent work includes starring roles in 2013's Sharknado and its sequel, Sharknado 2. The '90s hottie and former Scrubs actress recently made headlines for posting an all-nude photo via Instagram.
Meanwhile, Banks attributed brains over buck nakedness to her recent personal successes. "Some big actresses told me a few things that inspired me," the Hunger Games star said. "One said that the biggest challenge for a female actress was to make sure they are not profoundly bored. Another told me to just do whatever you want — do anything. And another told me that her quote hadn't changed in 15 years. That really lit a fire under my ass."
In fact, she's directed Pitch Perfect 2, following the wildly popular 2012 flick. "I went through no hoops for this particular job," Banks revealed. "I just put myself right at the spot where someone needed to be to get the job. And I prepared. I knew I wanted to direct, so I 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's also feeling the pressure. "The list of women who get to make studio-level films is very short," Banks said of female directors in Hollywood. "And I'm not quite in that club yet. Until this movie comes out, then we'll see. This shoot is the test. I like to get A's."
Still, it seems like she's juggling it all. "I got a lot of balls in the air at all times," Banks concluded. "But my mantra every day on this set is just one word: Endure."
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