"You know it's a really small list of women who get to direct," Elizabeth Banks tells Katie Couric in a new interview

By Jodi Guglielmi
Updated October 28, 2015 11:40 AM
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Pitch Perfect 3 will have a familiar face behind the camera.

Elizabeth Banks has officially signed on to direct the third installment of the series after making her directorial debut in Pitch Perfect 2.

In an intimate interview with Katie Couric on Yahoo!, Banks, 41, opened up about what it means to her to be a female director, and why she doesn’t take the position lightly.

“You know it’s a really small list of women who get to direct,” she said.

The veteran actress, who has also acted as a producer on several films, decided to begin directing as a way to continuously improve her craft.

“I wanted to use more of myself and my abilities and have more control over the stories I was telling,” she explains.

And adding “director” to her resume has certainly made Banks feel more legitimate in Hollywood. When Couric asked the actress what was the most “badass” thing she’s ever done, she quickly replied, “Directing a movie as a woman is pretty badass,” but noted that being “badass” is certainly open to interpretation.

Now that Banks is stepping behind the camera for the second time, she sees the need for more female directors. And while more women than ever are now speaking out against inequality to Hollywood – from job opportunities to salaries – Banks says Hollywood still has a ways to go before progress is really made.

“I find that human beings are not fond of change,” she said. “Parity in Hollywood is going to require that those in power share a little bit of that power. And that requires a partnership with the men in our industry.”

Pitch Perfect 2

earned a massive $69 million during its first weekend in May, making it one of the biggest debuts for a first-time director. The film went on to gross $285 worldwide.

Banks points to those numbers as an impetus to provide more directing opportunities to women

“I love telling small stories but I think we are in a moment where we need to convince the powers that be, the money, that we are capable of spending that money wisely and turning it around like I did with Pitch Perfect 2 – six times the budget of my film,” she said.

“Money talks,” Banks added, “and that changes minds really quickly.”