Welcome to Anna Kendrick Network, a fan source dedicated to Oscar nominated actress Anna Kendrick. You might know Anna from her "Rocket Science", "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World", "50/50", "Up In The Air", "Up in the Air" or the fan favorite "Pitch Perfect". Our aim is to to provide in-depth and comprehensive information and updates on Anna's career and we strive to keep you up-to-date with the latest news, videos and high quality photos. Enjoy your stay and bookmark and visit us frequently for all the latest on Anna!
Anna Kendrick’s been up all night. Not because she was posing for the paparazzi, courting the tabloids or otherwise misbehaving as so many of her 20-something Hollywood contemporaries are wont to do. No, Kendrick was burning the midnight oil performing dialogue from a pivotal sequence in an upcoming, still-untitled project co-starring Seth Rogen.
After an “over the rainbow” 2009 in which the 25-year-old actress strode a yellow brick road — in the form of a red carpet — through endless months of extreme makeovers, mind-numbing interviews and other promotional duties in support of the blockbuster Twilight franchise and the Oscar nomination she garnered for her star-making turn opposite George Clooney and Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air, this dedication to her craft is Kendrick’s way of staying grounded.
“I’m really glad that the Oscar stuff is over, to be perfectly honest,” she says. “I mean, I am infinitely grateful — I’m so lucky — but it’s been a really crazy year. You’re constantly wearing clothes someone else picked out for you, delivering sound bites instead of real feelings, and walking into rooms full of people you don’t know. I didn’t become an actor for any of that, so it’s been kind of a confusing time for me.”
Oscar-nominated actress Anna Kendrick came to town last week to flog her funny flick, “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” and nearly swooned when she landed in Boston.
“Every time I arrive on the East Coast, I like, FREAK OUT,” reports the Portland, Maine, homegal who got off the plane in Boston with co-stars Michael Cera and Jason Schwartzman. “I’m like, ‘Can you feel it? Can you feel how AMAZING the air is here? How different it is here?’ And these guys are, like, ‘Yeah, whatever.’
“Maybe it’s a Pavlovian thing that I think the air feels different here in New England, but it does.”
Anna said she makes a beeline for Dunkin’ Donuts (there aren’t any in La-La) and she wants to be able to hear “TV commercials for law firms with Robert Vaughn going, ‘call 1-800 whatever.’ I love that. I love him!”
Anna Kendrick has become “that girl.’’ Most notably, she’s that girl from “Up in the Air,’’ the peppy one whose sparring with George Clooney earned her a nomination for best supporting actress at this year’s Oscars. To the indie movie crowd, Kendrick is that girl who played spitfire Ginny Ryerson from 2007’s “Rocket Science.’’ And to a different segment of the population — the one that’s still debating Team Edward vs. Team Jacob — Kendrick is that girl from the “Twilight’’ series, the too-peppy, self-absorbed Jessica, who steals many a scene from her brooding costars, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
And now, because of her small-but-sharp role in the film adaptation of the comic book “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,’’ Kendrick will be a geek-love hero for bringing Scott’s endearingly judgmental sister, Stacey Pilgrim, to life on the big screen. The movie tells the story of Scott, who must fight his new girlfriend’s evil exes in order to win her heart. Those exes are played by a number of familiar faces, including “Fantastic Four’’ star Chris Evans, Brandon Routh of “Superman,’’ and Jason Schwartzman of “Rushmore.’’
Anna Kendrick wasn’t sure what to think the first time she read Michael Bacall and director Edgar Wright’s screenplay for “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” an adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series about a Toronto bass player who must battle his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes before he can finally win her heart. The Oscar-nominated actress (“Up in the Air”) could not quite imagine how the words on the page would play on screen.
“Obviously, it’s a fantastic script, but it’s a little schizophrenic,” she says. “It’s a really difficult energy and tone to put on paper. The visual style is so much faster than your brain can read.”
Anna Kendrick: I am Stacy. I think the relationship between Stacy and Scott rings really true. It’s sort of snarky and she does take a little bit of pleasure in making him squirm in awkward situations but that really rang true to me, because I have that relationship with my older brother. Even when we reach out to say ‘I know you’re going through a tough time and I’m here for you,’ you have to follow that up with ‘But you still totally suck and I’m going to call you a douchebag in twenty minutes anyway.’
Q: Anna, with your experience in theater, how does it compare against movies? Do you have a preference?
AK: Jason and I were talking about this earlier actually. He brought up an interesting point about the fan’s experience of you on stage versus on screen, and how on stage it’s cool because this person isn’t anywhere else, but here right now performing. And when it’s on film…(looking at Jason)…I’m sorry I’m totally stealing your quote.
JS: I don’t mind I stole it from Kevin Kline.
AK: When they’re watching on screen they are watching a copy of you so that’s really interesting, but I think the great thing about theater is doing a whole piece start to finish and kind of riding the wave and riding the arc of that, making it different every night. The scene in Act 1 you were a bit more sensitive so you react to that and change your performance every night, maybe not in a way that the audience perceives but that’s really fun and makes things interesting.
Then when you’re on film it’s like emotional jigsaw puzzles. Well the thing we shot later in the film, I should give some options in this scene because I want to make sure they have whatever they need to match whatever emotion they end up using, or whatever take they end up using from that scene that comes later. That’s like really fun, it’s like a puzzle. Both experiences are different and interesting, and there are pros and cons to each but obviously neither is superior to the other.
Anna Kendrick says going to red carpet events is “the worst thing in the world”.
The star hurtled into public consciousness after she was nominated for the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Up in the Air this year. She also appears in the Twilight film franchise, and her burgeoning career means she is constantly invited to posh premieres and showbiz parties.
While most celebrities enjoy meeting other famous faces and getting dressed up for the evening, Anna loathes it.
“Oh my God, no, I hate it. It’s literally the worst thing in the world, but I’m trying to get better at it,” she explained. “It is part of the job and a skill like anything else, so I just smile through it, look pretty and pretend the photographers aren’t yelling at me.”
Anna has always been happier at home than out at noisy nightclubs, and that hasn’t changed. She doesn’t understand why people find it pleasurable to be somewhere where it’s so loud they can’t talk, and would rather stay curled up on her sofa.
“I haven’t really changed,” she told Company magazine. “I feel really lucky to be doing the work I’m doing, but everything else around me is basically the same. I still prefer sitting at home watching movies instead of going out to bars.”
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