Elizabeth Banks feels a ‘deeper responsibility’ to release Call Jane after overturning of Roe v Wade

Elizabeth Banks has said she feels a ‘much deeper responsibility’ to release her new film Call Jane in the wake of Roe v Wade being overturned.

The actress and director, 48, stars in the 1960s drama about a housewife who learns her pregnancy poses a threat to her own life and joins the Jane Collective to fight for abortion rights.

While the film was made before June when the US supreme court overturned the landmark Roe v Wade ruling, which established a constitutional right to abortion, Elizabeth said it had only grown in relevance.

Important: Elizabeth Banks, 48, has said she feels a 'much deeper responsibility' to release her new film Call Jane in the wake of Roe v Wade being overturned

Important: Elizabeth Banks, 48, has said she feels a ‘much deeper responsibility’ to release her new film Call Jane in the wake of Roe v Wade being overturned

Appearing on The Graham Norton Show, the star described the feature as ‘a coming of age movie of a 40-year old woman’.

She added: ‘The film was written and made before Roe v Wade was reversed but now we feel a much deeper responsibility to put this story out.’

Asked about how she speaks to her own children about sex, she replied: ‘I am not embarrassed at all and I am very open with them.

Playing the part: She in the 1960s drama about a housewife who learns her pregnancy poses a threat to her own life and joins the Jane Collective to fight for abortion rights (seen in the film)

Playing the part: She in the 1960s drama about a housewife who learns her pregnancy poses a threat to her own life and joins the Jane Collective to fight for abortion rights (seen in the film)

Playing the part: She in the 1960s drama about a housewife who learns her pregnancy poses a threat to her own life and joins the Jane Collective to fight for abortion rights (seen in the film)

I learned from my own mother that those conversations should happen as early and as often as possible.

‘The only way to lower the abortion rate is by great sex education to empower women to understand about what’s going on with their bodies and how to protect themselves and to learn that sex can be fun.’

Call Jane is set during the summer of 1968 when protesters rocked the Democratic National Convention.

Speaking out: Actress and director Elizabeth appeared on The Graham Norton Show to discuss the movie (seen alongside editor-in-chief of British Vogue Edward Enninful)

Speaking out: Actress and director Elizabeth appeared on The Graham Norton Show to discuss the movie (seen alongside editor-in-chief of British Vogue Edward Enninful)

Speaking out: Actress and director Elizabeth appeared on The Graham Norton Show to discuss the movie (seen alongside editor-in-chief of British Vogue Edward Enninful)

According to Deadline.com, Banks’ character Joy Griffin is a housewife and mother who experiences a life-threatening pregnancy that no doctor will allow her to terminate.

After finding herself out of options, she discovers a network of women who facilitate safe abortions for women in need wit no questions asked.

The supporting cast includes Kate Mara, Chris Messina, Aida Turturro and Wunmi Mosaku.

It is set for release in the US on Friday 28 October and in the UK on Friday 4 November.

Chatterbox: Hollywood actress Kate Hudson also appeared on the program to discuss appearing in the new Knives Out film, Glass Onion

Chatterbox: Hollywood actress Kate Hudson also appeared on the program to discuss appearing in the new Knives Out film, Glass Onion

Chatterbox: Hollywood actress Kate Hudson also appeared on the program to discuss appearing in the new Knives Out film, Glass Onion

Hollywood actress Kate Hudson also appeared on the program to discuss appearing in the new Knives Out film, Glass Onion.

Staying tight-lipped about the plot of the whodunnit, the 43-year-old said: ‘I really can’t tell you much about it because it’s a mystery, but it was so much fun to do and my character Birdy was fabulous to play

‘The cast is wonderful and Daniel (Craig) was great fun to watch.

‘We weren’t allowed to see the movie except with an audience, which I’ve never done before and it caused lots of sweating and a headache, but when I did see it with so many people it was just raucous and a great party . It was cool.’

The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One on Friday 14 October at 10.40pm.

Viewing: The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One on Friday 14 October at 10.40pm (Graham Norton (back) and (LR) Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell, Kate, Edward and Elizabeth and Self Esteem during filming)

Viewing: The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One on Friday 14 October at 10.40pm (Graham Norton (back) and (LR) Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell, Kate, Edward and Elizabeth and Self Esteem during filming)

Viewing: The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One on Friday 14 October at 10.40pm (Graham Norton (back) and (LR) Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell, Kate, Edward and Elizabeth and Self Esteem during filming)

Source: | Dailymail.co.uk


Elizabeth Banks has said she feels a ‘much deeper responsibility’ to release her new film Call Jane in the wake of Roe v Wade being overturned. The actress and director, 48, stars in the 1960s drama about a housewife who learns her pregnancy poses a threat to her own life and joins the Jane Collective…

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