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Banks in Man on a Ledge with Sam Worthington
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Off-camera, Banks’ Brownstone duties will keep her busy as well. “I love acting. I have no plans to give up on my acting career; it’s very fulfilling on a lot of levels,” she says. “But as an actor, you come into the process at the end. You are the finishing touch. As a producer, you get to herald a movie through the process and out into the world.”

Brownstone has several projects it’s trying to usher to the big screen, including a workplace comedy called Forever 21 and the live-action film Tink, in which Banks would star as Disney’s famous fairy. “Tinker Bell is such a great character,” she says. “She’s sassy and has a lot of will. She is the girl power of that whole dynasty.”

And, of course, there’s Pitch Perfect. “We keep saying production wraps on Friday, but we will live with the movie for many more months and birth it into the world,” Banks says. The two months on location at Louisiana State University brought back fond memories for Banks and Handelman, who were college sweethearts at the University of Pennsylvania. She met him her first day on campus — the day she left Brown Street behind.

Who’s That Girl?

2012 might be a big year for Elizabeth Banks, but you've been watching her on the silver screen for more than a decade. Here’s a past, present and future recap:
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Banks (left) and Brooklyn Decker in the upcoming What to Expect When You’re Expecting, due out in May
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The Hunger Games
Man on a Ledge
Movie 43 (acting and directing)
Pitch Perfect (producing)
Welcome to People
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Our Idiot Brother
The Next Three Days
The Uninvited
Definitely, Maybe
Lovely, Still
Meet Dave
Role Models
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
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Banks in Spider-Man
Everett Collection
Fred Claus
Meet Bill
Spider-Man 3
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
The Baxter
Daltry Calhoun
Sexual Life
The Sisters
Spider-Man 2
The Trade
Catch Me If You Can
Swept Away