‘Mrs. America’ Star Elizabeth Banks Talks Women’s Fight for Equal Pay

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Mrs. America, premiering April 15th, 2020, is a nine-episode mini-series for FX on Hulu. The collection was created and largely written by Mad Men screenwriter and producer Dahvi Waller. Telling the story of the 1970s struggle for–and towards–the Equal Rights Amendment, the collection follows actual historic figures. Along with Elizabeth Banks within the function of Jill Ruckelshaus, the collection’ star-studded forged consists of Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly, Rose Byrne as Gloria Steinem, Tracey Ullman as Betty Friedan and Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm.

What is actress Elizabeth Banks identified for?

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Sarah Paulson, Ryan Fleck, and Elizabeth Banks of ‘Mrs. America’ converse throughout the FX phase of the 2020 Winter TCA Tour | Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Banks’ break-through function was within the 2002 movie, Spider-Man, taking part in the secretary, Betty Brant. Following this movie, she was seen in Catch Me If You Can, Seabiscuit, and The 40-Year Old Virgin. However, she’s most definitely best-known for her portrayal of Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games franchise.

Her tv roles a recurring visitor star half on Scrubs, Modern Family and 30 Rock, the latter of which she earned Emmy Nominations for Outstanding Guest Actress in a comedy collection. Banks can be a famous director and producer for the Pitch Perfect collection and the 2019 Charlie’s Angels movie.

Elizabeth Banks fights for equal pay in ‘Mrs. America’ interview at TCA 2020

Early critiques by CNN’s Brian Lowry describe the brand new collection Mrs. America as “a fascinating look at the battle for women’s rights, then and now.” James Poniewozik of the New York Times agreed, writing that the Hulu present is “packed with stunning performances.”

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Elizabeth Banks in 2015 | Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

While selling the upcoming restricted collection on the Television Critics Association in January, Elizabeth Banks introduced up points girls proceed to struggle for today akin to equal pay. The Mrs. America actress inspired girls to speak concerning the struggle for equal pay, and identified figuring out about pay fairness between women and men is important to insure equity. She stated:

It’s all about leverage. For anyone, relating to equal pay. But I additionally suppose it’s about educating. Some of one of the best recommendation I obtained from girls on this business was from girls who have been open about cash. And it was such a taboo topic to even discuss cash amongst anyone; males, too. And I feel these days there’s a transparency that exists that’s serving to everyone to kind of be paid what they’re value.

Banks reaffirmed the problems depicted in Mrs. America are nonetheless related in 2020. Banks went on to aruge for the rights of girls, saying that general, we simply “want equality of opportunity when it comes to our economic status and our bodily autonomy.” The actress argued that these are “very basic things.”

“We just want the constitution to mean the same to us that it means to men,” Banks continued. “To everybody else.”

Who is Banks’ character in ‘Mrs. America’?

Banks portrays the comparatively little-known Jill Ruckelshaus in Mrs. America. Ruckelshaus was a particular White House assistant throughout the Nixon administration and was then appointed head of the White House Office of Women’s Programs in 1975 by then-president, Gerald Ford. The aim of getting the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratified appeared shut at hand, with solely 4 extra states required at the moment. Ms. Ruckelshaus was a pro-choice, progressive feminist who fought to maintain the Republican Party from being overtaken by these considered the non secular proper.

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Uzo Aduba, Stacey Sher, Margo Martindale, Cate Blanchett, Tracey Ullman, and Dahvi Waller of Mrs. America’ converse throughout the FX phase of the 2020 Winter TCA Tour | Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Banks additionally talked concerning the thought of feminism on the TCA on Mrs. America. She shared with press:

I by no means purchased into ‘feminist’ being a nasty phrase as a result of I might inform it was tactic, and truthfully, while you search for that phrase within the dictionary it’s fairly easy. I simply imagine women and men ought to have equality of alternative … Everything else that has gone into the demonization of the phrase are particular pursuits who don’t need girls to succeed.

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