Starting a career in Hollywood is easier said than done. The difficulty of attracting enough attention from producers and directors for an important acting role as a young starlet is a frightening experience.
Considering this, many of these actors chose to undergo plastic surgery before kickstarting a career in the entertainment industry.
It’s safe to say that a combination of acting skills and beauty (fake or not) could tilt the spotlight on those interested in edging their way into Hollywood.
However, for some, the idea of going under the knife to boost their chances could come off as demeaning.
One actress who believed that her talent coupled with persistence would get her foot in the acting world was Hollywood A-lister Elizabeth Banks. When an agent advised that she get plastic surgery to attract more attention, her reaction clearly showed that his advice was not appreciated.
Elizabeth Banks Turned Down The Idea To Go Under The Knife
In time past, the actress has championed several activities regarding gender equality in the entertainment industry. She never minced her words when airing her opinion about Hollywood’s treatment of women.
Although many might want to tag her cause as feministic, her reasons for being at the forefront of gender equality battles solely stem from her personal experiences when she was an up-and-comer in Hollywood.
The actress gave an instance of her experience at an award ceremony in Los Angeles back in 2017, where she received an accolade for her contributions to the film industry. At that time, Banks revealed that an agent urged her to seek plastic surgery to enhance her acting goals.
“The first agent I ever met in this industry told me to get a boob job,” Banks said while receiving the award. “I was so grateful that I didn’t have enough money at the time to follow his advice. I also did not sign with him despite that.”
Well, dumping the idea did not hurt her one bit, as she has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry without going under the knife.
Banks Did Not Feel Attractive In Her Early Years
One look at Banks is enough to draw admiration from both male and female genders alike. Her charm exudes an air of personal strength and beauty that many may lack.
However, while growing up, the actress did not see herself as a beauty spec. This feeling of inadequacy urged her to tap into her inner self and bring out a funny side.
“Your funny gets developed pretty early on,” Banks said when quizzed about her comedic abilities in a chat with New You. I didn’t quite believe I was pretty for a long time. I never thought about it. I’m very genetically blessed, I cannot deny it, but I work hard at keeping myself together. Yes, I have nice cheekbones and skinny legs, but I can’t take any credit for it.”
Despite her humble reply, Banks has shown great interest in promoting belief in one’s self-image. Per reports, Banks runs a podcast, “My Body My Podcast,” where she advises her listeners on body positivity.
Banks Is Not Ready To Rescind Her Decision
Banks has made so much money from her career in the entertainment industry, enough to fetch her multiple trips to the surgeon. Irrespective of her success, the mother-of-two is not planning on doing some work on her body now.
She revealed this personal decision on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast when she got quizzed on her opinion on plastic surgery.
“I feel the way about those kinds of doctors as I do about a lot of things, like, you are putting your livelihood and your life into their hands and who knows what could go wrong … like why am I doing that?” the “Hunger Games” actress said.
“I’m trying to age gracefully,” she added. “That’s something I will happily say to everyone like I have not put anything in my face, I’ve never had a needle in my face … I’m uninterested in the psychology of starting to mess with my face.”
Banks Career Story
Banks made her breakthrough into the industry over 20 years ago and has killed it as an actress, producer, and director. Her movie debut was in the low-cost, independent film “Surrender Dorothy,” released in 1998.
Since then, she has earned nearly 100 acting credits in different film genres. Her awe-inspiring versatility can be seen in films like the “The Hunger Games” franchise, “Man on a Ledge,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “The Lego Movie,” “Magic Mike XXL,” “Power Rangers,” and “Brightburn.”
Fans will also recognize Banks’ comic abilities as Avery Jessup on the NBC series “30 Rock,” which garnered her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. These days the actress has focused more on climbing the directorial ladder, as seen in “Pitch Perfect” sequels and blockbuster reboot “Charlie Angels.”
Her upcoming works are Universal pictures “Invisible Woman” and a collaboration with Max Handelman of Brownstone Productions to produce the thriller film “Cocaine Bear.”