Elizabeth Banks–director of Pitch Perfect 2, which opened in theaters nationwide this week–talks in a recent interview with Allure about love and sex with her husband, Max Handelman.
She was just 18 years old when she met Handelman–while they were students at the University of Pennsylvania.
“I didn’t meet my husband and think, I’ve met the man I’m going to marry,” she says in the interview. “I was like, He’s cute. I’ll f*ck him, because I’m 18 and in college.”
These days Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman own Brownstone Productions together. And despite the long road from college to now, their love and sex life is still in good shape. She admits it wasn’t necessarily because of a set plan.
“Really, what happened was I’ve never met anyone that I liked more,” she says. “In the early years, did I have crushes or little interests here and there? I know my husband did, and so did I, but we stayed together.”
“We have always dreamed about our life together. And we work together every day, and we have a lot of respect for each other on every level. And then there’s love. And then there’s lust. So it’s great,” Elizabeth Banks continued.
As the director of Pitch Perfect 2, Elizabeth Banks now finds herself in a male-dominated field.
“Once you get offered a studio job, as a woman, its really hard to say no because they don’t let women do this very often,” she says. “So I knew I needed to embrace it and I couldn’t mess it up. Because if you mess it up, they don’t let you do it again, and you become representative of female directors as a whole. Like, ‘See girls can’t do it.'”
It sounds like Elizabeth Banks deals with her sex life, her romance, and her business life all with the same mix of determination and free will.
Fans can expect to see more of her in the director’s chair, too.
“I find making people laugh to be a really special ability. It’s like having a superpower,” she says, admitting she’ll definitely direct more comedies in the future.
Will you be checking out Elizabeth Banks in her directorial debut in Pitch Perfect 2?