October 6th, 2011 · Anna News, Interviews · By Fram

Anna Kendrick, 26-years-old, talented, kind, humble — and rising quickly up the Hollywood ladder of success. Having “caught” the acting bug at the age of 10, Anna’s parents allowed her to ride the bus into NYC to attend auditions. Her first one hit at the age of 12 and she has been working ever since.

001.jpgAnna is most known for her roles in:

  • The Twilight Saga (Jessica Stanley)
  • Up in the Air (Natalie Keener)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
  • Rocket Science (2007)
  • Camp (2003)
  • Broadway musical High Society (1998)

I had the honor to sit down with Anna and interview her at a roundtable. So, although I may not have gotten to ask many questions, the ones that I did ask, received truly inspirational answers.

I believe that many young actors can look up to Anna Kendrick and learn from this very grounded and kind actress. She shares advice on rejection and how she remains a positive role model for young actors.

  • What advice can you give to young actors who want to start off in acting?
    Advice to starting out in acting is tough for me because I started so young. I can’t imagine trying to find an agent and getting my first job at a later age. When you are 10-years-old, you go into an agent, you meet them, you read a cheesy commercial and they decide to represent you. I think it’s a really difficult thing and I think it takes a lot of courage.
    I guess I would say rejection doesn’t get easier. If it’s not getting easier it is not because you need to grow a thick skin. It’s just something that we all go through. The only comfort you can take from that is knowing that everybody has gone through so much more than they would care to admit. Certainly, I wouldn’t want to name all the things that I didn’t get. A lot of those things weren’t even quality projects. It’s not a reflection of you. Everybody goes through it. I guess that is the only advice I could offer because I feel it is unfair to say that, everything happens for a reason or it’s their loss because people told me that and it didn’t make me feel any better.
  • How do you remain a positive role model for young girls?
    I don’t know. I have a funny thing about trying to censor myself. I don’t want to offend people. I know that a lot of young girls follow me on Twitter. Sometimes I think that something is funny and I decide not to say it because I don’t want to offend anyone. But then at the same time, I don’t want to anyone to think you are supposed to be “Miss America”. I think that’s just as silly. That’s not who people are. I guess I try to let a little bit of honesty show through while trying to put my best foot forward.
  • You’re human.
    Yeah, just be human while not trying to setting anybody off. I don’t really see the point in faking it. To me, when I see that on TV I think that person must be exhausted and is that what he expects me to be? Not just publicly, but when I meet people for the first time professionally or personally. Do they expect me to be like that? Am I not allowed to be honest with people? You are! You shouldn’t underestimate what people are willing to forgive of other people.

source: examiner.com

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Upcoming Projects
Digging for Fire (2015)
Anna as Unknown
Director: Joe Swanberg
Genre: Drama
Status: Post-Production
It's a love story about a husband and wife, the pleasures and pains of building a family and maintaining a relationship.
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Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
Anna as Beca
Director: Elizabeth Banks
Genre: Music, Comedy
Status: Post-Production
A sequel to the 2012 musical comedy that follows Fat Amy and Beca through their senior year at Barden University.
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Into the Woods (2014)
Anna as Cinderella
Director: Rob Marshall
Genre: Musical, Comedy
Status: Post-Production
A witch conspires to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children's stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.
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The Hollars (TBA)
Anna as Rebecca
Director: John Krasinski
Genre: Drama
Status: Post-Production
John Hollar, an aspiring NYC artist who takes his girlfriend back to his Middle America hometown on the eve of his mother’s brain surgery. There he’s forced to navigate the crazy life he left behind.
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Cake (2014)
Anna as Nina
Director: Daniel Barnz
Genre: Drama
Status: Post-Production
The acerbic, hilarious Claire Simmons becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group.
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The Last 5 Years (2014)
Anna as Cathy Hyatt
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Status: Post-Production
Based on the musical, a struggling actress and her novelist lover each illustrate the struggle and deconstruction of their love affair.
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Get a Job (2014)
Anna as Jillian Stewart
Director: Dylan Kidd
Genre: Comedy
Status: Completed
A comedy centered around a recent college graduate, his friends, and their attempts to secure employment.
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Rumored/In Development
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Current Projects
Happy Christmas (2014)
Released on June 26, 2014 (US)
Director: Joe Swanberg
After a break up, Jenny moves in with writer Kelly, her filmmaker husband, and their child. Despite a rocky start, Jenny's influence helps Kelly realize that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness.
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Life After Beth (2014)
Released on July 15, 2014 (US)
Director: Jeff Baena
A young man's recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead, but he slowly realizes she is not the way he remembered her.
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The Voices (2014)
Released on January 19, 2014 (Sundance)
Director: Marjane Satrapi
A disturbed factory worker who hears advice from his pet dog and cat is implicated in the accidental death of his co-worker.
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