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Elizabeth Banks: "Fight To Expand Others’ Ideas Of What You Should Be"

The incredibly talented actor, producer, and director gave an inspiring speech to teen girls about overcoming stereotypes and labels.

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At the Step Up Inspiration Awards this weekend, she spoke to teen girls about her path to success, and the obstacles she had to overcome:

"Specifically for the last 15 years, I think I've been in this box that just said, 'Cute blond actress, kind of funny, small boobs,'" Banks explained. So, like any boss lady, she decided to change that: "On top of acting, I started producing and directing because I knew I had more to offer an industry that clearly didn't expect too much from me."


She was inspired by proving others wrong, and changing the preconceived ideas people have about women:

"Like the young women at Gertz, I don't like being defined by those labels or by others, and I don't like limits. As for people's low expectations, those I like. Because those allow an opportunity to surprise people, like Pitch Perfect 2's $69 million did."

And then she left the audience with some solid sisterhood advice:

"You should fight to expand not just others' ideas of what you should be, but your own. You should surprise yourself."

h/t: Variety