PHILADELPHIA &mdash: Pittsfield native Elizabeth Banks wasn't afraid to throw a few punches - at Donald Trump - as she addressed the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday.
The actress not only mimicked the Republican presidential nominee's own convention entrance, walking on stage in a cloud of fog to Queen's "We Are the Champions," she also compared him to her "Hunger Games" character.
"Some of you know me from 'The Hunger Games,' in which I play Effie Trinket - a cruel, out-of-touch reality TV star who wears insane wigs while delivering long-winded speeches to a violent dystopia. So when I tuned into Cleveland last week, I was like, 'Hey, that's my act.'," Banks said.
As she championed Hillary Clinton, she spoke of how the Democratic Party's policies had impacted her family over the years.
"My father, a Vietnam vet, worked the second and third shifts on the factory floor in and around my hometown of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. My mother worked at the library and the local bank," Banks said. "They worked hard - because, like millions of American parents, they wanted to give their kids a good life with boundless opportunities.
And it is because of what Democrats built - good public schools, affordable health care, help in the hardest times - they were able to do that. And those dreams took me here to Philadelphia."
Banks attended college at the University of Pennsylvania, where she met her husband and business partner, Max.
The daughter of Ann Mitchell, a onetime KB Toys computer programmer and Mark Mitchell, a GE factory worker, became entranced by drama in theater classes at Pittsfield High Shcool. She changed her name to avoid confusion with an already-established actress, Elizabeth Mitchell.
Banks also produced and appeared in the celebrity version of Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" video, which debuted at the convention.