July 12, 2013

INTERVIEW: Elizabeth Banks discusses Effie's sexual orientation & her new 'Catching Fire' costumes

In a new interview with the leading LGBT news source - Advocate, Elizabeth Banks discussed her thoughts on Effie Trinket's sexual orientation and talked about the new costumes that she got to wear for the character in The Hunger Game: Catching Fire.

Have you ever played a lesbian? 
I don’t think I have — although Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games might be gay. My vision of the Capitol is pansexual like ancient Rome, where everybody’s doing everybody. 
Any chance she’s a drag queen? 
I’ve actually thought about that. I think Suzanne Collins created the character to be nurturing and mothering in her own way, so she’s probably a woman. But I definitely saw a lot of drag Effies last Halloween in West Hollywood!
Are Effie’s wigs and outfits in Catching Fire even more outrageous than in the first film? 
They really are. We relied a lot on Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen for the costuming, so there’s some amazing, handmade, one-of-a-kind couture. I feel so honored to have worn these pieces of art. 
Effie’s serving Nicki Minaj meets Frenchy from Grease in Catching Fire promo photos. 
There’s some of that, true, but she changes quite a bit and has a more varied palette this time around. You haven’t seen her more fabulous stuff yet.

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