We get the feeling that Amy Poehler and Elizabeth Banks would get along swimmingly.
The "Pitch Perfect 2" director and actress, whose movie is currently aca-exploding the box office with ticket sales, was interviewed on NPR's "Fresh Air" and shared the secret to her success: just ask for stuff. The worst someone can say is no.
She had been looking for a movie to direct, she said, and "Pitch Perfect" director Jason Moore was tied up with another project.
"So when Jason fell off, it was just sort of - I got a call that said, 'we think a young female director should take over the helm.' And I said, 'I'm so glad you think I'm young,'" Banks said.
She seems to share a philosophy with Poehler, who communicated her views in her memoir "Yes Please."
“I love saying ’yes’ and I love saying ’please’," Poehler wrote. "Saying ’yes’ doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no, and saying ’please’ doesn’t mean I am waiting for permission. ’Yes please’ sounds powerful and concise. It’s a response and a request. It is not about being a good girl; it is about being a real woman.”
Can we get an amen? Banks sounds like she's ready to. She explained that she asserts herself in her career and in life.
"I'll say that one of the great lessons I've learned in my life is that you don't get what you don't ask for," she said. "And I do think that, you know, there's all this sort of research out to now that women like to be asked to do things, that we have hard time sort of raising our hand because we're just culturally not taught to do it, you know? We're undervalued sort of from day one. I just - I raise my hand a lot. I don't always get what I'm asking for. But if I didn't ask for it, I definitely wouldn't get it. And I just feel like what's the worst that can happen? Someone can say no."