Who Is Elizabeth Banks, Anyway?

With several movies out in the past year, and a few about the hit the big screen in time for the holiday rush, Elizabeth Banks is finally getting the attention she deserves. Over the years she’s had a bunch of smaller roles in movies such as “Spiderman”, “Catch Me If You Can”, and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” as well as several roles on TV. But who is this familiar face?Here’s some of the dirt I’ve dug up on her…although she seems to be pretty squeaky clean! LOVES: Elizabeth Banks was born Elizabeth Mitchell, but changed her last name so as to not be confused with that actress from “Lost”. Unfortunately, Banks doesn’t have a fun, sordid dating history — she’s been married to her college boyfriend (whom she met at the University of Pennsylvania), Max Handelman, since 2003. She’s such a loyal gal that she even converted to Judaism upon marrying him.

She’s done two films so far with Seth Rogen (“Zack & Miri Make A Porno” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”), and two with Paul Rudd (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Role Models”, so I think it’s safe to say that the Judd Apatow crew is a fan of hers. Banks is also college friends with producer Todd Lieberman of family flicks such as “Raising Helen” and “Wild Hogs,” and has been seen socializing with actresses Kate Mara and “Scrubs”‘ Sarah Chalke.

Banks began acting when she graduated the Advanced Training Program at the prestigious American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, in 1998. Her first more recognizable role was as “Betty Brant”, secretary of the newspaper tycoon in all of the “Spiderman” flicks. She had small roles in “Catch Me If You Can” (she locked lips with Leonardo DiCaprio in the film), “Seabiscuit”, and shows like “Scrubs” and “Sex and the City.” In the past few years, she has played Mark Wahlberg’s love interest in “Invincible” and Ryan Reynolds’ baby mama in “Definitely, Maybe.” This year she stars as Laura Bush in Oliver Stone’s movie “W”, as well as Miri in “Zack and Miri Make A Porno” another comedy with Seth Rogen. She will also be starring as a cruel stepmother in “The Uninvited” and a disciplinarian of sorts in the comedy “Role Models.” In other words, you cannot escape her!

RANDOM FACTS: Banks and her husband own a production company called “Brownstone Productions”; Her “hobby”, if you can call it that, is playing fantasy football; And, awkwardly, she actually met George W. Bush at a Whitehouse screening of “Seabiscuit.” Something tells me there won’t be a Whitehouse screening of “W”.