Audiences have “Charlie’s Angels” director and producer Elizabeth Banks to thank for getting Kristen Stewart cast in the movie.
In a new interview with Porter, Banks says the 29-year-old “Twilight” star wasn’t on the shortlist of names when it came to casting the rebooted franchise about a trio of kick-ass women. While Stewart wasn’t the obvious first choice to play Sabine, the wild and witty Angel, Banks reveals she wanted her in the role to change Hollywood’s perspective about the actress.
“She knew that this was an opportunity to change the trajectory of the opportunities she was being given in Hollywood, and I wanted to do that for her,” Banks says. “As a producer, I make movies that star women all the time, and she was not on the list [of potential stars]. I felt that needed to be changed.”
Though she declines to go into details, Banks says Stewart has been “sidelined” by producers because she “doesn’t play their game.”
For Banks, “Charlie’s Angels” was all about offering up new female characters for young women to look up to on the big screen.
“I’m not here to re-teach feminism to young women,” she says, “I am here to empower them and to have them see themselves in a movie, which happens far too infrequently, especially in the action genre.”
Banks also opened up about the backlash she’s received for using a surrogate to conceive her sons Magnus, 9, and Felix, 8, with husband Max Handelman.
“Women’s reproductive issues were things you would whisper about in small circles,” she explains, citing her “broken belly” as the reason for surrogacy. “[Now] there’s #ShoutYourAbortion and IVF Facebook groups. I definitely think I’m still judged for what I’ve done and that people don’t understand my choices, but I don’t feel I owe anybody any explanation. And, if my story helps people feel less alone on their journey, then I’m grateful for that.”