7. Elizabeth Banks
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Elizabeth Banks was a theatre major; however, at the time that she attended the University of Pennsylvania, she was known as Liz Mitchell. Her senior thesis was a role in the gorgeous Eric Overmeyer play On the Verge—a performance which the theatre faculty at Penn still talks about: Director of the Theatre Department Rose Malague recently recalled, “I’ll never forget her in [longtime theatre-arts faculty member] Jim Schlatter’s beautiful production of On the Verge. She did it as her senior thesis. Elizabeth Banks was luminous on stage, and now I’m watching her Thursday nights on 30 Rock.” Way to make your alma mater proud!