Elizabeth Banks felt ‘deeply responsible’ for releasing a new movie after Roe v Wade


Elizabeth Banks said she felt a “much deeper responsibility” to release her new film following the cancellation of Roe v Wade.

The actress and director, 48, stars in the 1960s drama about a housewife who learns her pregnancy poses a threat to her own life and joins the Jane Collective to fight for abortion rights.

While the film was made before June, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v Wade decision, which established a constitutional right to abortion, Banks said he only gained in relevance.

Kate Hudson, Edward Enninful and Elizabeth Banks at the Graham Norton Show (Jonathan Hordle/PA)

Appearing on The Graham Norton Show, Banks described the feature as “a coming-of-age film from a 40-year-old woman.”

She added: “The film was written and directed before Roe v Wade was reversed, but now we feel a much deeper responsibility to release this story.”

Asked how she talks about sex to her own children, she replied: “I’m not shy at all and I’m very open with them.

“I learned from my own mother that these conversations need to happen as early and as often as possible.

“The only way to lower the abortion rate is through great sex education to empower women to understand what’s going on with their bodies and how to protect themselves and learn that sex can be fun.”

Graham Norton Show – London

Graham Norton with guests Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell, Kate Hudson, Edward Enninful, Elizabeth Banks and Self Esteem (Jonathan Hordle/PA)

Hollywood actress Kate Hudson also appeared on the program to discuss her appearance in the new Knives Out film, Glass Onion.

Remaining tight-lipped about the whodunit’s plot, the 43-year-old said: “I really can’t tell you much about it because it’s a mystery, but it was so much fun to do and my character Birdy was fabulous to play.

“The cast is wonderful and Daniel (Craig) was great fun to watch.

“We weren’t allowed to see the film except with an audience, which I’ve never done before and it caused a lot of sweating and headaches, but when I saw it with so many people , it was just loud and a big party. It was cool.”

The Graham Norton Show is on BBC One on Friday at 10:40 p.m.


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