Elizabeth Banks on Effie’s Costume in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

In an interview with The Advocate, Elizabeth Banks was able to gush about Effie’s costumes and wigs  in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Here’s an excerpt of the interview:

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.

What advice would you give a guy who wanted to dress up as Elizabeth Banks for Halloween?
Just look really tired and maybe stick a baby on your hip. That should do it. I’m an exhausted mom with two very young children, so I’m not very fabulous right now. But Halloween is one of my favorite holidays; I’m a pagan at heart.

Capitol Couture Relaunches for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Effie Trinket on the Spotlight

If you have been following The Hunger Games fandom since last year, you have probably known the site Capitol Couture. It is a website that features the fashion of the Capitol. You can visit it at http://www.capitolcouture.pn. For the theatrical release of Catching Fire this November, the Capitol Couture has been relaunched. Effie Trinket, the flamboyant escort of District 12, has been featured. You can also see some designers including Tris Summerville. You can also see the portraits of the victors/tributes for the 75th Hunger Games or the Third Quarter Quell. 

Elizabeth Banks: Effie Will Have Bigger and Better Costumes in Catching Fire

Elizabeth Banks has talked about Effie’s costume and role in Catching Fire in her recent interview with Collider while promoting her new flick “Pitch Perfect.” Here is an excerpt from that interview:

Now that you know what to expect from The Hunger Games fandom, what’s it like to gear up for that again with Catching Fire?

BANKS: I’m really happy that I don’t look like Effie Trinket, in real life. That’s a blessing! It’s really fun to go into a job knowing everybody. (Director) Francis Lawrence is amazing, and he’s got a great handle on everything and everybody. The stakes are definitely raised, in this one. The emotional stakes are raised. My costumes are all bigger and better and more over-the-top. Everybody is pulling out all the stops. We have so many amazing new actors coming to work with us. I just met Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and that was like, “Wow, we’ve got some really amazing actors joining us! That’s crazy!” It’s great. I’m super excited. I love Effie so much.

Will there be more of a human side to your character, this time around?

BANKS: In Catching Fire, Effie really starts to feel the injustice of what’s happening. We plan to explore that, in the movie.


Video: Elizabeth Banks Talks Effie, the Reaping, and more Catching Fire Stuff

Elizabeth Banks, the actress who played and will continue playing Effie Trinket in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” recently hosted a video chat for fans wherein she talks more about her acting life. Of course, the spotlight goes for Catching Fire. You can visit the actress’ official blog and see the video there. I can’t embed the video because it doesn’t have any sharing capabilities like Youtube or any other video hosting sites have. 

screenshot to the Elizabeth Bank’s live chat