“Charlie’s Angels” star and director Elizabeth Banks covers the latest issue of Porter magazine photographed by Matthew Sprout and styled by Natasha Royt.
On admitting to some nerves over potential audience reactions: “To demand that I’m going to write, direct, produce and act in this movie is a ridiculously egocentric statement to make, and women are often not allowed to have that kind of ambition,” she notes. “So I’m assuming there’ll be a backlash at some point.” And while the movie has had lackluster reviews since our interview, Banks took to Twitter earlier this week to say she is proud of it regardless, tweeting, “Well, if you’re going to have a flop, make sure your name is on it at least 4x. I’m proud of Charlie’s Angels and happy it’s in the world.”
On inequities in pay: “I liked getting paid,” she says simply. “It’s OK to want money in the way that your male colleagues want money.”
On still feeling judged for having kids through surrogacy: “Women’s reproductive issues were things you would whisper about in small circles. There’s #ShoutYourAbortion and IVF Facebook groups. I definitely think I’m still judged for what I’ve done and that people don’t understand my choices, but I don’t feel I owe anybody any explanation. And, if my story helps people feel less alone on their journey, then I’m grateful for that.”
[Photo Credit: Ben Weller/Porter Magazine]
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