I have been a big fan of Elizabeth Banks since first seeing her in Wet Hot American Summer in 2001. She has always seemed like a gal I could be friends with. And she is. Awesome that is, but you know… not friends… YET!! I did, however, get a chance to chat with her about her role as WyldStyle in the latest Warner Bros release, The LEGO Movie. Plus she also talked parenting and playing “Bar” as a child (ha!). Read on for some great quotes from that interview
On her character, Wyldstyle
In general, I was really excited to play an action heroine and just somebody who is so kick butt and in charge and rescues the boys. She’s great role model for all the young girls that will see the movie. Wyldstyle is just hanging with the boys… there’s no question about her being there, it just is. Nobody says what’s a girl doing here. It’s really satisfying.
On what toy she would like to be next (she has a Barbie Effie (Hunger Games) and LEGO WyldStyle)
I wouldn’t mind a hot wheels car, cause that would really impress my sons. My sons call Wyldstyle “mommy lego”, but if i could be some transportation vehicle, that would really blow their minds.
On the process of playing a LEGO
You go into the character the same way. They cast who they cast cause they felt they [the actors] had the essence of the character there. It’s really fun to collaborate on that process. The banter with each other really breathed so much life into the movie and made the characters authentic.
On what she played with or did as a child to encourage make believe
My sister Sarah and I, did a lot of pretend play. A lot of “Store”… we got in trouble once because we played “Bar” with some kids from the neighborhood. We didn’t know what a bar was…but we knew you stood at it, and there was a soda gun, and sorta knew there was drinks, a cash register and you stood at this counter and you flrited with boys. We got into so much trouble… my mom got all the calls from the other mothers.
On what no one ever warned her about becoming a parent
Nobody tells you how difficult it is… cause then the human race would end.
The LEGO Movie is now open everywhere and is rated PG. See my review here.