‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ Press Interviews

Anna: What to expect from the Twilight girl

MANILA, Philippines – In What To Expect When You’re Expecting, Anna Kendrick plays Rosie, a food-truck chef who gets pregnant by her rival Marco (played by Chace Crawford) as soon as they put business behind them and set for their very first date.

Asked how she was able to relate to the role, Anna drew laughter from the international journalists “grilling” her and Chace at the round-table session.

“How would I know?” she said in jest. “I’ve never been in that situation in real life.”

Neither has she encountered wolves or vampires with which she has been make-believe living as part of the Twilight series, including New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn Part 1.

“I wished I had,” she added.

In the same breath, she described as “out of this world” working with George Clooney in Up In The Air for which she earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination and was honored as Best Actress by The National Board of Review and Best Breakout Star at the MTV Movie Awards.

“I’m a big Clooney fan,” said Anna who had her film debut in Todd Graff’s Camp that made her a darling at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Her performance won her an Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Annual Chlotrudis Awards. Since then, she has never stopped working.

“All I hoped for was that I would have enough work to support myself,” she said, seriously now, “and be able to pay the rent and the bills. Everything else has been an incredible surprise.”

Did the Oscar make her choosy with roles?

“Let’s put it this way: I’m happy to be in a place to do what I enjoy doing.”

Answering the same question about loss of privacy asked of Chace in the same session, Anna said, “It’s weird! Recently, I just bought a house about which I haven’t been talking about but which people found out anyway and, you know, it’s creepy finding all about it in The Net. It’s a weird situation to be in.”

After What To Expect When You’re Expecting, Anna will be seen next in Dylan Kidd’s Get A Job, a comedy opposite Bryan Cranston. {philstar.com}

“What to Expect…’ Gave Anna Kendrick a Pregnant Pause

If you happen to run into “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” actress Anna Kendrick yourself, you can save the graphic childbirth stories for someone else.

It turns out that Kendrick – who co-stars as one of the expectant moms in the film inspired by the self-help bestseller alongside Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks and Brooklyn Decker – finds herself more a little freaked out by TMI tales like the ones Diaz shared at the film’s press conference about being present during live births. But after the wince-inducing stories, Kendrick was less labored when chatting with PopcornBiz.

After seeing your reaction to Cameron’s horrifying stories, I’m surprised you’re willing to be alone with a man in a room at all.

Ha! Yeah – just in case. That’s super-gross. It does not make me want to have children. None of this has made me want to have children. A lot of people have been asking if this movie makes me want to have children, and no, not at all.

Because of the subject matter of this movie, were people on set, from the stars to the grips, talking more openly about their pregnancy stories?

What was interesting was how every woman thought that their input on the physical aspects of what you would be going through at this point was the right thing. Everyone was different, but it was funny to see all these women be, like, ‘No – When I was pregnant this was happening.’ It was like, ‘Ladies, we’re all different. It’s totally fine. It’s okay. We’ve got a midwife here who’s the expert. We can ask her.’ I think it’s something that women are very protective about and want to feel like they’re the experts of or something. It’s a weird dynamic, to sort of be breaking up arguments over what my breast tenderness would be at this point in my character’s arc.

With an ensemble cast like this, did you get bummed out that everyone was mostly working in their own little corner of the movie?

Of course! I would’ve loved to have worked with some of the dudes group. Obviously they’re incredible. I got to do a photo shoot with all the ladies in the main cast, which is something that no woman should ever have go through because they’re so insanely gorgeous. It’s like they come from a different planet. But that was really fascinating, just being able to sit and watch Jennifer and Cameron just hang out and get their hair touched up before doing the photos and stuff. Whatever they’re taking, I want it. It’s like, ‘How are you doing that?’ So, yeah, obviously it would’ve been fun to have been on set more with those ladies. Now it’s sort of seeing how everyone got along and going, ‘Did you like your guy?’ My guy was great!’

How is life now after all the spotlight of the Oscar nomination for ‘Up In the Air?’ Since then you’ve been able to make some more movies and go back to a normal acting career. What’s been the transition from that time to going back to business?

I think following that particular experience, it felt like there was so much pressure to choose the right thing, or the next right thing, with very little thought on my part about what I would actually like to do. It’s been nice to settle into choosing things because I think that they’re going to be fun and fulfilling and not thinking about, like, ‘Oh, is this the right thing to do after coming off of that?’…The funny thing is the amount of stuff that I would get offered and think, ‘They don’t need me to do this. This is easy and the character doesn’t really grow or change and she’s just sort of my character from “Up in the Air,” at the beginning of the movie. She’s not really an important character. Why would they want me to do this?’ And then thinking, ‘Oh, because it was just an easy decision for them.’ It’s like, ‘Oh, get that girl who did exactly this thing in that other movie.’ So that was a weird thing to get my head around, that people were offering me things based on what would make their lives easy as opposed to what would be something exciting for me, or something that I would be good at…That’s also been another thing about a little time passing: It’s easier for people to see me as something else because that vision is not so fresh in their heads.

Are you interested in doing all kinds of movies – superhero, Westerns, horror – or is there a territory that you want to stake out in?

There’s a pretty big dorky part of me that wants to do all the kind of various genres and check off some kind of bucket list, but I would say that mostly I’m just interested in more vulnerable characters. I just played a really lazy, dirty character in ‘Get A Job.’ She doesn’t really start out that way, but I would do that for the rest of my career.. That was really fun. I hope to do that as often as possible.

Do you like characters that are a little further away from you, or do you like them be just an alternate life away from who you are?

Well, I might be doing, hopefully, something that wouldn’t go until next year because the director is working on something right now, but it’s sort of so similar to me that it sort of scares me – in a good way. But it is so close to home that I’m really looking forward to having that nervous feeling, I guess. So I can’t wait to do that.

Simulated sex on the hood of a car. How did that go for you?

It hurts. It’s so bad. I literally tried to take a picture of the bruise on my butt, but I kept deleting it because I was like, ‘No, you can still tell that that’s a butt.’ It was so painful. My butt and thighs were so bruised from just doing that. We tried to make it look sexy. Chace’s [Crawford] face is like full-on Clint Eastwood stubble. It cut me up. It was like sandpaper. It was not cute.

So, really, the message of this film is to not have sex on the hood of a car –

–with Chase Crawford. And especially his razor stubble.

Everyone has a unique takeaway from shooting each film. What’s yours from ‘What to Expect…?’

I tried fried chicken for the first time!

For the first time? That’s crazy!

I know, that’s insane, right? How did I make it all this time without having fried chicken? And had famous fried chicken from Atlanta and it was life-changing. It literally just never…I don’t know. You just have a mental block on certain things. I never order salmon because one time my mom had salmon when I was a kid and it smelled weird to me and so I just never get it – but I’m sure it’s great. I guess I must have just had some weird mental block. It just never occurred to me to ever eat it. {nbcchicago.com}

Anna Kendrick on ‘What to Expect,’ the On-Set Midwife, and Breast Tenderness

Although she costars in the upcoming What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Anna Kendrick took a firm stance against reading the self-help book that inspired the ensemble comedy. In fact, she still hasn’t read it. “[The book] sounds terrifying,” the actress. “I feel like I’ll never get pregnant if I read the book. I don’t want to read a book about vaginal tearing. That’s not for me.”

Kendrick’s loose, playful attitude has helped define her short, but impressive career. In movies like Rocket Science, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, 50/50 and her Oscar-nominated turn in Up in the Air, Kendrick proved herself capable and comfortable in doing a little bit of everything. What to Expect continues the trend, Kendrick bringing a dash of comedy to an overtly emotional storyline — smack dab in the middle of a broad studio comedy. “The film, as a whole, read pretty light and fun,” says Kendrick. “Then, as we started filming my part, I was like, ‘Oh my God. I have another scene tomorrow that’s a total downer.” Turns out turning on the waterworks isn’t the highlight of the job. “It gives you full-on headaches doing that!”

While most of the characters in What to Expect are welcoming their future babies with open arms, Kendrick’s Rosie finds herself pregnant by accident — and by a father she only has loose connections to. It’s a hot-button issue in today’s society, where debates on birth control and abortion rage in Washington, while shows like Teen Mom hit big in the ratings. Despite the social and political baggage, Kendrick approves of the decision for Rosie to keep her baby. “When it got to me, it was on the page as it is in the movie. And I thought that it was handled really nicely,” she explains. “I was just glad that [the issues were] even on the table and discussed. All these different options, as opposed to just being like, ‘Well, we’re pregnant, so now we’re doing this.’ It would be a lot easier to gloss over the part where they’re going, ‘What the hell are we going to do?’”

The big picture aside, Kendrick couldn’t say enough kind things about her time spent on What to Expect. The actress spends most of her time opposite Chace Crawford — although she did have one memorable (and mostly silent) moment with Jennifer Lopez. “I literally cross screen once with Jennifer Lopez, and it was during a scene that was very, very serious for her. ALTSo it wasn’t like we were joking around between takes. She was getting into character, and I was like, ‘I’m just a girl who’s here to cross screen! And try not to get in your way.’”

Having not had the experience of being pregnant herself (and having not read the What to Expect When You’re Expecting tome), Kendrick did admit she needed a little lesson in what it’s like to actually be carrying a chid. Enter: the on set midwife. “I just tried to listen. [The midwife] just kind of popped in to say something if there was something specific. Like, if you’d be in a little bit more pain at this point, or whatever.” On a set with plenty of women, Kendrick mentions that “everybody has opinions,” for better or worse. “Every woman on set had an opinion on what my breast tenderness would be.”

Finding the right movie role after her brush with the Academy Awards was an unexpected challenge that left Kendrick “in sort of a panic.” After a period of time second guessing herself, the actress eventually found solace. “It was a great feeling to get to a place where I was choosing things based on what I think would be fun and fulfilling. Because that’s how you should be making these kinds of decisions.” The qualifiers made What to Expect the right choice at the right time. “I just felt like I would have a really good time on this and have a good time with the cast. It just seemed like a no-brainer that this would be a really great experience. And it was! I had to cry a lot, but it was a good experience.”

Kendrick isn’t jealous of her Twilight costars who are now commanding big Hollywood blockbusters (“Those movies are all-consuming. I do not envy people who have a franchise on their shoulders.”), but she isn’t settling into a groove either. Her next movie is Pitch Perfect, a comedy that reteams her with WTEWYE actress Elizabeth Banks that’s set in “the extremely dorky world of college a cappella.” That movie will utilize yet another one of her hidden talents: singing. Kendrick broke out on the Broadway stages, and while a return to stage could be in her future, it’s yet another factor in the actress’ complicated decision process. “It’s definitely something that I’m interested in and still want to do. It’s a big decision. It’s like a mini-marriage.” Or having a baby. {hollywood.com}

Anna Kendrick Is the Unsung Twi-Hard Hero

The irony in Twi-hardism is that the people we admire most aren’t remotely like us. If Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone didn’t star in “The Twilight Saga,” would they even know we exist? No. Guys with abs like that are too busy in the gym or with their rock bands to spend think about movies based on romantic YA novels. Real Twi-hards sport abs like mine.

That is no slight against them. Heck, it’s a large part of the reason we adore them. Their glamorous lives as “the popular kids” help us escape the mundane parts of our lives: school, work cubicles, taxes, diets, etc.

The fandom around Anna Kendrick, on the other hand, is different. Only the hardcore truly appreciate her. Despite her obvious talent and natural humor, Kendrick too often flies under the radar. While she may be up on stage at at a “Twilight” convention, she’d fit in just fine as part of the crowd — because the costar of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” is a geek like us.

It’s not just because Kendrick plays the hyper-driven valedictorian Jessica Stanley in “The Twilight Saga.” She’s actually a geek, in the truest sense of the word. Here are four reasons we, as Twi-hards, should embrace Anna Kendrick. She’s one of us. And in five years, with her potential and talent, she may just be the most famous name from the series. Score one for the geeks.

Hails From Maine

Anna Kendrick didn’t become a child actor because she grew up in Hollywood like Kristen Stewart and Nikki Reed. She grew up in Portland, Maine (that’s not even the hip Portland), and became a drama geek at 10 years old. After she and her brother kept pestering her parents, they started allowing them to take the bus to auditions in New York City — more than six hours away. After a couple years, she got her start on Broadway. If she had grown up in Ohio, she could just as easily be a character in “Glee.”
Her Twitter Feed

While @AnnaKendrick47 hasn’t been updated since December 31, the feed tells you everything you need to know about her geekery. First, Anna describes herself as “Pale, awkward and very very small. Form an orderly queue, gents.” Many of her tweets have the self-deprecating humor of “Daria”: “Just shot the least sexy same-sex shower scene since Eastern Promises”; “Going around in my head: *nerdy girls, you are attracted to us!* Failing to contain dorky bounce”; “Dear 90% of stuff at American Apparel, are we supposed to actually wear you in public or are you just hipster themed fetish gear?”

Geeky Obsessions

Even though Kendrick is a part of the Hollywood machine, she still geeks out on TV and movies. She spends her sick days with “TV box set marathons. Breaking Bad/Game of Thrones/Mad Men.” In interviews, instead of promoting her own projects, she’ll nerd out over British comedy. The London Telegraph reported that in an interview, she “talks excitedly about Harry Hill, Stewart Lee, Bill Bailey, QI and sitcoms ‘Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace’ and ‘The Mighty Boosh.’”

Dates Edgar Wright

Her obscure fandom of British comedy makes her a perfect match with her boyfriend, director Edgar Wright. Wright is a 38-year-old god among movie geeks and British comedy buffs for his work with the TV series “Spaced” and movies “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” and “Attack the Block.” The two met on the set of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and have been dating ever since. While Wright certainly has his allegiance of fans, he’s no R.Pattz and wouldn’t stand out in a Twi-hard crowd — just like Kendrick. {Nextmovie.com}

‘What to Expect’ Stars Anna Kendrick, Chace Crawford Talk ‘Excruciating’ Facial Hair and Chemistry

In What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Anna Kendrick and Chace Crawford play rival food truck owners whose one-night stand leads to a bun in the oven. While the two characters have known each other since high school, they aren’t dating and need to figure out where to go from there.

The Lionsgate comedy, opening in theaters May 18, centers around five expectant couples, and also stars Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lopez and Brooklyn Decker.

Kendrick and Crawford did not know each other before shooting the comedy, but soon learned plenty about each other. They told The Hollywood Reporter that they spent a lot of time on set bonding over a major piece on international news: the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

Kendrick, who starred in 2009’s Up in the Air with George Clooney, got to know Gossip Girl star Crawford so well that she even had an issue with him as a romantic interest: “Sandpaper scruff.”

FILM REVIEW: What to Expect When You’re Expecting

“I don’t know how any woman has survived making out with him more than once,” she told THR, adding that she “looked like a character from a horror film” after their scenes together.

“It’s a compliment of sorts,” she added. “He’s so masculine that his little stubble was excruciating.”

But other than the razorblade-like facial hair issues, Crawford said they got along very well on set.

“Just right away from the chemistry, we realized it was very easy to get along and do scenes,” he told THR. “She’s obviously got a great sense of humor.”

Watch THR’s full interview with Crawford and Kendrick above. {hollywoodreporter.com}

Anna Kendrick lands Ellen DeGeneres as her interior decorator

Actress Anna Kendrick has landed some star help to decorate her new home – comedienne and passionate interior designer Ellen DeGeneres has offered to take charge of the project.

The “Twilight” star recently moved into a new property in Los Angeles, but she’s struggled to find the time to focus on her decor needs, telling DeGeneres about the problems she has been experiencing.

She explained on DeGeneres’ talk show, “I just moved in a week ago. … Right now I have a mattress on the floor and just suitcases, well, cardboard boxes along the wall. …

“When you move into a new house it’s like every day you discover, ‘Oh, this faucet is leaky’ or ‘This light’s out’ and it’s my responsibility now. It’s terrifying.”

Kendrick admits she has no idea where to start when it comes to decorating her home, but she hopes to model her place on DeGeneres’ Beverly Hills property, which was featured in trade paper Architectural Digest last November.

She told the TV presenter, “I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I’m trying to learn. I’m sort of buying design magazines and stuff and I have your Architectural Digest on my vision board. Your house is on my vision board. Is this creepy, or flattering?”

DeGeneres was delighted to hear Kendrick is using her home as inspiration and when the actress jokingly asked if she’d like to do her house, the comedienne jumped at the chance, insisting, “I would love to. I really would. … If that’s your vision, I will do your house.”

She added, “It’s flattering, because it’s my passion, I really love doing houses. I love decorating and I love buying houses.” {sfgate.com}

Cameron Diaz, Chace Crawford Know ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’

As if the film’s title weren’t explanation enough, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” is all about what couples experience during pregnancy, based on the best-selling nonfiction book of the same name.

Because the subject is a complex, loaded and almost universal one, when MTV News sat down with the castmembers from the film, we asked them to enlighten us with the most unique facts they learned about pregnancy during production.

“I think the weirdest thing I’ve seen — I’ve actually seen it — is a woman getting on her hands and knees giving birth,” Matthew Morrison said. “It’s interesting, because you think about a woman [lying on her back] and pushing, but honestly, if you let gravity do the work, it makes it a little easier.”

“The squat position, there is a purpose for it — not just to lift the butt and tone the quads,” added Diaz, who plays Morrison’s girlfriend and baby mama in the movie. “But to open the hips and pelvis and let gravity do the work. The only reason a woman is on her back in our culture is so the doctor can see what’s going on. I say get a platform, squat over it, let the doctor be underneath it.”

“If you want the baby to come right now, eat spicy food,” Ben Falcone (“Bridesmaids”) said of one tip he’d heard mentioned that might speed up delivery.

“Have sex,” said his onscreen wife, Elizabeth Banks.

“Sprint,” Falcone joked. “Sprint uphill.”

“A lot of running is encouraged,” Banks continued with a smile. “Slam doors. Get surprised. Surprise her, scare her.”

Chace Crawford and Anna Kendrick provided the most to-the-point advice, but because their characters have to deal with an unplanned pregnancy, their words of wisdom were how not to get pregnant in the first place.

“Wrap it up. That’s what we learned on this shoot,” Crawford said of practicing safe sex with the use of condoms. “Right?” he asked Kendrick, who collapsed into a brief fit of giggles. “Never mind.”

“Sorry. You completely lost me,” Kendrick laughed, before regaining composure. “Yeah, wrap it up to avoid pregnancy. And stay away from Chace Crawford; he’s irresistible.”

‘What to Expect’ Interview: Baby Talk With Cameron Diaz, Anna Kendrick and More

Lately, Hollywood has been giving us a steady stream of summer blockbusters inspired by comic books (‘The Avengers’), campy television shows (‘Dark Shadows’) or board games (‘Battleship’). ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ might be a first, then.

The ensemble comedy – which opens in theaters on May 18; read our review here – takes its cues from a massively popular self-help guide that’s traditionally purchased for a young couple upon the news that they’re about to have a baby.

Really, it’s just an excuse to saddle gorgeous, non-pregnant starlets like Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks and Anna Kendrick with prosthetic bellies for the benefit of some easy, baby-laced jokes. We sat down with Jones and the cast of ‘What to Expect’ in Los Angeles recently to discuss babies as “the great equalizers,” the human emotions involved in child birth and the “musical genius” of The Wiggles.

Has anyone compared the press junket experience to labor?

Cameron Diaz: To giving birth? Yes. [Laughs] But you know, it takes the same effort that goes into making movies that it does to sell movies. But this is our baby! We’re giving birth to our movie now.

I kind of wish we were holding babies during this interview.

CD: Oh, I know. Aren’t they little equalizers? You can just lay them on your chest and equalize any situation. Or we could use them to deflect any questions that we don’t want to answer! [Laughs]

Speaking of difficult questions, Anna, your character goes through a few hardships that I won’t mention specifically, but has that opened up this press tour to a lot of personal questions about pregnancy and your own desires to maybe have a baby at some point?

Anna Kendrick: You know, a lot of people have been asking if the movie made us want to have a baby? And I’m like, “No. Nope. Not at all.” I would love it if people asked Brooklyn Decker if working on ‘Battleship’ make her want to fight aliens? But her answer for that probably would be, “Yes.”

The screenplay was more personal than I expected, tackling some complicated issues that come with pregnancy. Did the cast bring personal experiences to the table while filming, Mr. Jones, and how did that change your approach to the material?

Kirk Jones: We didn’t all sit down and talk about our own experiences. But I don’t think you could deny that people naturally bring their life experiences with them [to a role], and you would hope that they do that. I think that I’ve experienced virtually everything that happens in the movie myself, apart from Jennifer [Lopez’s] adoption story. So it is an ideal situation when you surround yourself with actors who have all sorts of life experiences that they can bring to the film.

My own life experiences colored my viewing. I’m a dad. The child-birth scenes at the end of this movie actually got to me on an emotional level. And yet, we’ve seen those hospital scenes so many times before. Why do you think they’re always so effective?

Matthew Morrison: Like you, I wasn’t expecting to get emotional. I went in there as an actor thinking I’d be very supportive of [Cameron’s character] and get through the scene. What she brought to it, though, brought these emotions out of me. It was so beautiful and believable that I really felt like we were there, in the moment, and she was really pushing [a baby out]. And it made me cry! It really was so beautiful.

CD: That scene really is the climax of the story for these characters, obviously. The act of giving birth. But also, having presented all of the things that happen when giving birth – the fear, the terror, the vulnerability, the excitement, the joy, the connectivity – it’s a moment for [our characters] to solidify their partnership. And whatever they didn’t agree about before, it all sort of melts away because here they are in this moment where all of it real. He reminds her what she is capable of, and he is there for her. It’s just a human experience, and we wanted to make it real.

And you said to Kirk, “We’re doing this in one take.”

CD: No, we did many, many takes. [Laughs] From many different angles. [Laughs]

If most superhero movies are aimed squarely at teenage boys, who do you think will get the most out of a movie like ‘What to Expect?’

AK: Babies. [Laughs] Have we tried test marketing this movie with babies? I’m a genius! I should run a studio. We need to make a few more edits for babies. Introduce some primary colors. Get The Wiggles to do a song.

It scares me that you even know The Wiggles.

AK: That’s how big they are. I have no reason to know who they are. I just think they are musical geniuses.

‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ opens on May 18. {screencrush.com}

Anna Kendrick chopped off fingernail during movie cooking classes

Actress ANNA KENDRICK has a “battle scar” to remind her of her time filming WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING after chopping off her fingernail during a competitive cooking lesson with co-star CHACE CRAWFORD.

Kendrick and Crawford play food truck chefs in the romantic comedy and they enrolled in culinary classes to brush up on their kitchen skills ahead of the shoot.

But the Up in the Air star suffered a nasty cut as she raced through a slicing task – and tried to brush off the pain before realising just how serious her injury was.

She tells WENN, “Yes I did cut my fingernail off which is super f**king gross! It’s not a cute battle scar where you want to show off.

“Chace and I took some cooking lessons and when I did it we were in that kind of competitive place. I was so embarrassed that I cut myself that I was like, ‘No big deal, I’ll just throw a Band Aid (bandage) on this.’

“It wasn’t until I got home later that I saw this fingernail was almost completely gone. It literally woke me up in the middle of the night because it hurt so bad. It’s just your finger so I felt like a wuss but it’s fine now.” {wptv.com}

Chace Crawford bought Anna Kendrick elderly lap dance

Actress Anna Kendrick will never forget her 26th birthday after cheeky Chace Crawford paid for an elderly dancer to give her a lap dance.

The “Twilight” star celebrated her big day last August while shooting new romantic comedy “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” in Atlanta, and her co-star Crawford decided to spice up the night by paying for a raunchy routine.

But it wasn’t a normal lap dance – and Kendrick was left cringing throughout the experience.

She tells WENN, “Chace Crawford bought me a lap dance. It was my birthday on set and we went to the Claremont Lounge, which is an Atlanta institution.

“This like, 60-year-old woman dressed as Little Bo Peep came up to me and said, ‘This guy just bought you a lap dance because it’s your birthday.’ I didn’t know how to respectfully say, ‘No, thank you’ because I didn’t want to hurt her feelings. So I got a lap dance from a 60 year-old woman! But that’s OK; I’m fine.” {sfgate.com}

Anna Kendrick’s Big Style Splurge? New Sheets!

Anna Kendrick has several hit films under her belt (Twilight, anyone?) and she’s an Academy Award nominee, so hey, she’s allowed to treat herself. But she’s not buying expensive cars or going on lavish trips: her most recent splurge was on nice sheets.

“I just got some bedding from Restoration Hardware that I’d been eyeing for years,” the What to Expect When You’re Expecting actress tells PEOPLE. “I was like — ‘One day, these sheets will be mine’ — and now they’re in the mail!”

So what sets these sheets apart from the standard cotton set? They’re a special vintage linen wash. “I feel so bougie,” she jokes. “I’ve been eyeing them for eight years — I think I’m allowed.”

Kendrick recently moved into her very first home, hence the big purchase. “I literally just moved,” she shares. “In fact I’m hiding in my guestroom because there are people in my new house fixing things.”

And though the 26-year-old has lived in the same West Hollywood (known as WeHo) apartment since she was 18, she just couldn’t resist this new place. “I wanted to stay in WeHo, but then I found this place in Beachwood Canyon,” she explains. “It’s so awesome and magical — I feel all warm and fuzzy and stupid about it.” For more with Kendrick, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now. Tell us: What have you splurged on recently? {peoplestylewatch.com}

Anna Talks Baby Mama Drama

Though Anna Kendrick’s character gets unwittingly knocked up in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, she’s quite excited about the idea. The actress tells SheKnows though, in real life, kids are not in the cards.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting exposes many of the uncomfortable parts of pregnancy, which surprisingly didn’t scare off too many of the movie’s stars. Anna Kendrick however, had no intention of trying out the “miracle of birth” in the first place.
“Make stacks, get b****es.”

“I was not super keen on the idea going into it, and coming out of it, was scary,” Anna told SheKnows at the What to Expect press day in Los Angeles recently.

“[I think I’ll go] the childless route, or the permanent bachelor route,” Anna laughed.

Her hunky co-star Chase Crawford though says he’s still keeping his options open.
See what their co-stars Cameron Diaz and Matthew Morrison say about having kids >>

When questioned whether he’s been scared off by the film, the hunky Gossip Girl star told us, “No. I’m still a little indifferent about it, until I have to face it one day.”

The young star Anna Kendrick at the premiere of her new movie, What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

Perhaps Kendrick is afraid of the payback she’ll get from her children for anything bad she did as a kid. Anna revealed that she was a bit of a menace as a child, and likes to still remind her mom of it.

“Last [Mother’s Day] I sent my mom a bunch of cookies with annoying things that I used to say as a kid written on them,” Anna told SheKnows. “I was like, ‘I’m still bugging you even on Mother’s Day, even as a grown up.’”

Crawford though seems like he was well-behaved as a child and has taken all his mother’s lessons to heart. The actor admitted he still follows some of his mother’s advice.

“Stand up straight, always look before you cross the street, the usual,” said Crawford.

Anna took away a much different lesson…

“Make stacks, get b****es,” Anna said, when asked the most valuable lesson she learned from mom.

Looks like she succeeded.

Be sure to catch Anna Kendrick and Chase Crawford in What to Expect When You’re Expecting in theaters today! {sheknows.com}

Anna Kendrick, ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’ Star, Relieved To No Longer Be In ‘Twilight’

Normally, after I interview a celebrity, I somehow settle on the deluded notion that we could, one day, become best friends. This was not the case with Anna Kendrick.

Not to say that the star wasn’t friendly, we just didn’t “get” each other. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop us from discussing her role in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the consummate baby guide, “What To Expect When You’re Expecting.” Here, she plays Rosie, a colloquialism-spewing, food truck proprietor who ends up getting knocked up by her hunky pork-hawking competitor, played by “Gossip Girl’s” Chase Crawford. (Swoon!)

Moviefone (awkwardly) chatted with Kendrick about phone grettings, baby bumps, and being relieved to no longer be a part of “Twilight.”

Hi! How are you?
[Monotone voice] So good.

Good? Sorry?
Oh, yeah. So good.

“So good”… is that sarcasm? Are you doing tons of interviews?
[Laughs] No, I just say that. I guess I realized that’s my standard greeting when I actually do junkets and I say it to everyone. I go, ‘Oh, I say that a lot.’

Well, let’s talk “What to Expect.” How was it to shoot?
It was really fun, actually. We just got to shoot, mostly nights, in the warm Atlanta weather, on a food truck — sometimes with a little baby bump, sometimes without. [It was] pretty great.

So you actually had a prosthetic baby bump?
I did. Because when I flash it and I’m not that far along yet, I kept saying, ‘Can’t I just like, have a big lunch?’ It’ll be great. It’ll be easier for everybody. And I want to have a big lunch. So everybody wins.

And I assume that didn’t happen?
Yeah, they still made me get the prosthetic, which took like three hours to put on and was incredibly uncomfortable. You know, it’s just like it’s hot and sticky and everybody wants to poke you — all the time.

So you had a little taste of pregnancy, then. Do you have any baby aspirations of your own?
No, no. And everybody keeps asking me, ‘Oh, did making the movie make you want to have babies?’ No, not at all. Like, wearing that prosthetic did not make me want to bring a life into this world.

Well, I imagine you read the book…
I haven’t read the book. That book scares me. It’s going to tell me all the crazy things that are going to happen to me when I have a kid and I don’t even want to know. I like being able to sleep at night.

Is there any book that you’d like to see be made into a movie?
Well, when I was a little bit younger, I read this book called “The Rapture of Canaan” and I thought that would make a cool movie, especially because there’s a teenage girl lead part…if they made it now Hailee Steinfeld would be a great choice. But now I don’t even remember if the book was good. I was just like, ‘Aw, they should make this a movie so I can be in it.”

Your particular role was a more serious story than the others. Was that by choice?
Well, I was going to play Jennifer [Lopez]’s part but I guess she wanted to do that… No, I was just f-cking with you.

Well, in “50/50” you played a serious part, too.
The script as a whole is kind of light and funny so I wasn’t really thinking about how serious my particular storyline was until we were filming and I was like, ‘Ugh, this is another bummer of a scene.’

Yeah. It was super sad. I kept thinking it was like being in a Ben Folds Five video or something.
[Laughs] Oh, my god. Yeah!

Is it weird for you to field all these pregnancy questions?
A little bit, yeah. I kind of knew that it would be coming but I feel like pregnancy and kids, it’s one of those things that once you talk about it, people always [recall that], ‘Oh, you said in 2012 that you are open to having kids’ and that follows you around or something. And it’s one of those weird things where I’m trying to avoid sort of saying anything about it because for me, honestly, I haven’t really thought about it that much.

So you spent a lot of time on the food truck, were you actually working with food?
Yeah, they gave us cooking lessons, I chopped my fingernail off, which was maybe the single most painful experience of my life.

So, this isn’t sarcasm, then? That was real?
No. I chopped my fingernail off, like, half-way up my fingernail. Gone. Like, awful. And you don’t even end up seeing my slicing skills in the movie.

Oh, so there was a sequence where you were like, julienning something?
Yeah. And then they were like, well, actually, if we just shoot it this way, we won’t even see your hand… Yeah, lost a fingernail to the cause but, OK.

That’s awful. Have you ever been hurt on-set before?
Not really, no. I mean, I should have sued them or something, right?

You and Chace Crawford really seemed to get along.
Yeah. Everybody keeps asking us if we knew each other before but, yeah, we just met on set. He’s…obviously an incredibly handsome dude and I just kind of had to get past that little speed bump cause it’s hard for me to look somebody in the face when they’re that attractive.

How does it feel not to be involved in the final ‘Twilight’ movie?
It’s a relief, you know? Because it’s kind of off my shoulders [in terms of] talking about it. Because talking about it I always feel like I say something that gets misconstrued or I offend someone because people are so deeply passionate about that series. So, I’m actually sort of happy to be not talking about it. {moviefone.com}

Anna Kendrick laughs about love scenes

Anna Kendrick has joked about the awkwardness of working out the “logistics” of her romantic scenes with Chace Crawford for their new movie.

The pair play old flames Marco and Rosie in the upcoming comedy drama What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Their characters reunite and Rosie ends up getting pregnant.

Anna has laughed off feeling uncomfortable about the intimate scenes during the first meeting between the cast and crew.

“Our craft is our life so we really took it to the next level. I was like, ‘We should make out a lot more in this movie, it’s important,’” she deadpanned.

“Even in one of the first rehearsals, one of the first things that came up was the logistical element of us kissing on the car, and we’re in this hotel conference room doing this very first rehearsal meeting everyone for the first time and that was the first order of business.

“[British director Kirk Jones] kept saying ‘bonnet’ and we were like, ‘What are you talking about? It’s the hood.’”

Anna is a big fan of the hugely successful fantasy franchise Harry Potter. The star has revealed her favourite movies out of the eight-strong series.

“Oh, it’s tough. Everybody says Prisoner of Azkaban is their favourite, but it’s not for me. I think four was a turning point because that’s where it started to have that level of realism. It didn’t look like Tim Burton, it looked like a Rembrandt. It looked like it took place in the real world,” she told Collider. “I think five actually was even better.” {film-news.co.uk}

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