March 28, 2012 12:00 PM

ELIZABETH BANKS WAS way ahead of the curve in recognizing the genius of The Hunger Games. “I was one of the first people I knew to read the books,” Banks, 38, told PEOPLE’s Aili Nahas. “I would tell people, ‘Set aside the next three days of your life. You won’t be able to do anything else but read.'”

What drew you to playing Effie?
The cool thing about the character for me was that she has all of the trimmings of a woman of privilege, but she knows her life could be taken away from her at any moment. I love the complexity of that.

How did you get into character?
My mantra for Effie was “Be theatrical without being clownish!” Katharine Hepburn was an inspiration for the voice-the cadence, the wit, the preponderance of etiquette. And we had an a-ha! moment in the hair and makeup trailer. We used to say that Effie had not arrived for the day until her wig went on.

What was the hardest part about the role?
For sure it was the shoes (laughs). Like any haute couture outfit, all of my shoes were completely amazing but highly uncomfortable.

GET EFFIE’S LOOK

THE APTLY NAMED MS. TRINKET TURNS HEADS WITH BOLD MAKEUP AND ACCESSORIES THAT PACK A PUNCH

HEADBAND

Jane Tran headband with floral and net attachment, $168; 1-800-HBendel

BRACELET

Forever 21 metallic jewel bead bracelet, $7.80; forever21.com

FACE POWDER

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi face powder 12g, $42; kohgendocosmetics.com

LOOSE SHADOW

Make Up For Ever Star Powder #954 eye shadow, $19; sephora.com

COMPACT

Simply Radiant crystal embellished compact mirror, $19.68; qvc.com

SHEER SHIMMER SHADOW

M.A.C eye shadow in Pink Venus, $15; maccosmetics.com

MATTE SHADOW

Illamasqua powder eye shadow in Preen, $20; sephora.com

CUFF

Fantasy Jewelry Box “Dominika” cuff, $43.95; fantasyjewelrybox.com

SHOE

Jessica Simpson Collection “Parissa” platform, $98; jessicasimpsoncollection.com

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