How ‘Hunger Games’ Actress Elizabeth Banks brought Effie Trinket To Life

Elizabeth Banks, who plays bubbly Capitol minion Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games, tells Entertainment Weekly how she brought her colorful character to life. “What I love about Effie,” Banks says, “is she’s this great representative of the Capitol and all the Capitol stands for. She drank the Kool-Aid. So essentially she’s a villain — a really fun villain, but a villain nonetheless. The challenges for me were how to make her theatrical and larger than life but also fit into the tone of this movie, which is very serious.”

Though the story is set in the future, Banks looks backwards for inspiration, especially for Effie’s unique sound. “The voice took a long time for me,” says Banks. “Suzanne Collins talks about the Capitol accent the whole time and I just wanted to make sure I honored that without doing something too silly. And I’m really happy with where we ended up. I sent Gary a lot of recorded samples of myself — everything from super British to super Southern to impressions of Christine Baranski. Ultimately I looked at movies from the ’30s and ’40s and theatricality was at its height in the movies of the ’30s and ’40s. I looked to the Philadelphia Story, Katharine Hepburn, and Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame.”

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