Elizabeth Banks: Birth Control My ‘Number One Advice’ for High School Girls

Actress offers some unique advice to girls.

The “number one advice” Elizabeth Banks has for high school girls has nothing to do with hard work, self-confidence or chasing dreams.

In a Variety piece entitled, “Elizabeth Banks on Becoming a Director, Mentoring Young Women,” news editor Alex Stedman spoke with actress Elizabeth Banks (Spider-Man, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) about her recent accomplishments, including Banks’ “directorial feature debut” in Pitch Perfect 2. At the end of the interview, Banks revealed her “biggest advice” to high school girls: birth control.

Beginning with Pitch Perfect 2, the interview focused on Banks’ work in promoting women.

 “We did something really rare,” Banks told Stedman about the movie. “We made a movie that was directed by a woman, written by a woman, produced by a woman and stars a poster full of women.”

Because of this and other roles, Banks has been named an honoree by Step Up, an organization that “propels girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused.”

 “With all her experience,” Banks readily revealed her “biggest advice” for girls.

 “My number one advice to high school girls is birth control,” Banks said. “You want to keep all your options open for as long as possible? Birth control.”

That line of thinking falls in line with other beliefs of Banks, an Obama and Planned Parenthood supporter

In contrast, actress Natalie Portman admitted birth control made her depressed while at Harvard – and a recent study showed that new birth control methods double the risk for fatal blood clots.

But, as Banks insists, it “keep[s] all your options open.”

— Katie Yoder is Staff Writer, Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow in Culture and Media at the Media Research Center. Follow Katie Yoder on Twitter.