Elizabeth Banks Talks Her Influences When Voicing ‘Hunger Games’ Role Effie Trinket

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We’re just a few months away from the theatrical release (March 23) of The Hunger Games, and thus getting a better look at Elizabeth Banks outlandish character Effie Trinket. The actress told Lucky magazine that she worked with the producers and director Gary Ross to make her character as “uniquely hideous” as possible. Aside from her character’s appearance (shaved eyebrows and crazy hair), Elizabeth also brings an interesting voice to the role of which she described, saying: 

“It’s based on my heroes, Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame and Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story.”

Though Liz had a part in dressing her character, she admitted that she’s a little “late to the party” when it comes to high fashion. 

“I mean, I have always appreciated fashion. But I’m a girl who loves a bargain. I’ll shop at Forever 21 and H&M.” Despite her down-to-Earth view of fashion, she does love some pricey brands as well. “I love Prada shoes. I cannot get enough of them,” she told Lucky magazine. “Or Valentino. I wore gold-studded Valentinos at the shoot today—they were amazing. I’m always impressed by the craftsmanship and beauty of shoes.”

For more with Elizabeth and the rest of The Hunger Games stars, keep coming back to Celebuzz for our 100 Days of Hunger Games series.