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Anna Kendrick on Drinking Buddies, Getting Drunk on Set, and the ‘Cups’ Phenomenon

 

Joe Swanberg’s latest movie, Drinking Buddies, features two couples: One set is played by Anna Kendrick and Jake Johnson, the other is played by Olivia Wilde and Ron Livingston. The lines are blurry between them, as Johnson and Wilde behave like lovers throughout the film, without actually acting upon it — flirting and drinking and even sleeping side by side in semi-innocent fashion — and Kendrick and Livingston go so far as to kiss. Who’s to say which form of cheating is worse? Kendrick, who is in London shooting Into the Woods, called up Vulture to chat about emotional cheating versus physical cheating, drunk acting, and her reaction to the “Cups” phenomenon.

Joe Swanberg had you guys drink real beer during the filming of Drinking Buddies. How did that affect your performance?
During a scene at the bar, they gave me fake beer, but then during a scene where I’m playing cards with Jake, they gave me real beer, and I didn’t realize it! And so every time I lost, I was pounding beer, and I didn’t realize it was real until halfway through the take. I was like, I’m super drunk right now! And so as soon as the take was over, I had to announce to everybody that I was drunk at work. I was horrified by the idea that I was going to be the next troublesome star who got drunk and started flipping over tables or whatever. I just tried to sit quietly until I sobered up.

Was this your first time being drunk on set while shooting a scene?
Oh, yeah. Yeah. It was very, very bizarre, let me tell you. I’m sure you’ve never been drunk in the middle of your job, but it is uncomfortable. For some of the movie, it was fine, and it worked in the scene, and so it was helpful for them. But I mostly found it really unnerving.

Had you ever shot a film without a script before, where you had to improv all of your scenes?
It was my first time doing anything quite like it. We did a lot of improv on End of Watch, so I kind of think of End of Watch as training wheels for Drinking Buddies, but this was the first time I had done it to this extent. And it was crazy doing it with Ron, Jake, and Olivia because all four of us were new to this specific world of improv, but also really game for it and really excited about it. So it was a perfect combination of working with people who were really good at it, but also weren’t trained professionals. It’s not like any of us had done it a zillion times, or the rest of us were left in the dust. That marriage-conversation scene with Jake is the one scene where I said to Joe, “You have to give me the words here, because I’ve never had this conversation before.” I don’t know what a believable version of it would be, how to approach this subject in a long-term relationship. Everything else, you can draw on your own experience, but that was the one time where I was like, “I need a line!” Just to get into that thinking.

How did you work out the kissing scene in the woods with Ron, and the scene where you have to tell Jake about it?
The scene in the woods we did in one take. Ron and I were both so nervous about that, because it was supposed to be awkward and unclear whether or not something was going to happen between our characters in that scene. We talked a little about it beforehand, and it was all very, “No pressure! Let’s just see what happens!” But everybody was aware that it was an important scene. Joe was like, “Cut! Great! I’m going to put that in the movie. I don’t want to do it again.” And we were both super relieved.

And after we shot the scene with Ron, I immediately almost started crying, because I felt like, “Oh my God! I have to tell my boyfriend what happened!” And I had to come up with the words, because it wasn’t a written scene! If it were another movie, you’d think, “Okay, I’ll be as honest as possible,” but someone would have written the words for me. Here, it was like I was suddenly responsible for explaining myself, explaining what I had done, and it felt so real, because I had to admit what I had done and no one was going to help me do that. When we were filming the kissing scene, I didn’t feel like I was cheating on Jake, but then the idea that I had to tell him that I had cheated was horrifying to me. I had this unbelievable sense of guilt.

Kissing Ron is one kind of cheating. But isn’t what Jake is doing with Olivia another kind of cheating, even though nothing technically happens?
I’m so glad you brought that up! [Laughs] Because actually Jake and I got into a little bit of an argument about whether or not what he was doing was better than, the same as, or worse than what I had done. And his feeling was that what I had done was worse, and I was like, [laughs] “You’ve got another think coming, if you think that flirting with this girl, and basically dating her for the entire period of time that I was away from home, just because you guys didn’t physically kiss, isn’t cheating.” I feel like that is so much more of a transgression, and we basically figured that there is just no way that he can tell me about what is going on with him and this woman he’s flirting with at work without it becoming a huge, potentially relationship-ending fight, since he knows in his heart that it’s kind of over between them. If he had admitted it to me in a way that was like, “By the way, it’s not nearly as bad as what you did,” that would start a whole other can of worms. I think it’s a very, very interesting conversation, and not a new one. I’ve been out to dinner with friends where you debate, “Is emotional cheating worse than physical cheating?” It’s a hard question.

Did all of this improv work help you prepare for Joe’s next movie, Happy Christmas? Did you feel more equipped to tackle scenes where you’re playing opposite Lena Dunham?
This was weirdly easier because my character in Happy Christmas just wants to fill up the silence, so sometimes she just puts her foot in her mouth and comes off like a real asshole. So even though I’m exploring an ugly side of things I see in myself or other people, it was easier because I could just say whatever stupid thought popped in my head. Which was terrifying, or easier. And Lena and I had met a while before, so that was helpful. She is so good at this. She is such an amazing improviser, and I think we followed her lead. She was always the one who I followed, like you know when you have a friend you grew up with, and you still kind of revert to being their sidekick? And I think that’s a little how I feel about Lena in our film, so it was easy to do that.

Are you amazed at how well “Cups” is doing?
I am bewildered. I don’t even know what to say about it. The weirdest thing to me is that it’s outpositioned artists who are out there promoting their singles, as they should be — they’re musicians! And I’ve been making movies. Like I just made this little movie in Harlem, instead of doing something to further the success of the single, and yet there it is. It makes no sense. Don’t get me wrong — it’s so cool! But it’s bizarre to me that I’m off doing something else, and it’s happening on its own. It’s so cool. But it is absolutely bewildering.

People will want to see you do something with Kendrick Lamar next.
Yeah. It’s funny that he’s having such a moment right now, because it’s definitely one of the most popular things said to me on Twitter: “Oh, you should do a mash-up with Kendrick Lamar!” There’s a picture of our faces mashed together. It’s very weird! It just goes to show you, the Internet is mostly about wasting time. {vulture.com}

Livingston free wheeling on Buddies

Ron Livingston worked with Anna Kendrick on Drinking Buddies

Ron Livingston has confessed after working with Anna Kendrick on Drinking Buddies he still doesn’t know what to expect from her.

The Boardwalk Empire star said working on the improvised comedy about friends at a Chicago brewery was a very strange experience.

Ron said: “It was a lot of fun. It was just like free-wheeling. It’s great when you get to discover the story together. You can’t cheat when you’re doing a movie that way because you really don’t know what’s going to happen next.

“Like Ross McCall might appear and kiss you on the cheek, anything can happen. It’s live.”

But despite all the improvising alongside Pitch Perfect star Anna, Ron admitted she remained an enigma.

He said: “Anna’s a fun girl. She’s so good but I’m not sure about her. In one life she could be like a librarian and in another life she could be Vegas stripper and I just don’t know which way she’s going with it, and she kind of walks that edge.

“It’s hard to get to know her really well.”

Drinking Buddies also stars Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson as two friends who work in a brewery, where they spend their days drinking and flirting, but are both in relationships with other people. {knutsfordguardian.co.uk}

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GQ Shoot Video – How to Date Me: Anna Kendrick

We got an email from Stelios from GQ informing us of the release of the photoshoot video Anna did for her sexy new GQ shoot. In it, Anna talks dating. You can also hear the soundtrack to the video, called “Anna”, here.

Always pay on the first day. Don’t try to serenade her if you can’t sing. Oh, and if you can make Del Taco seem romantic, you’ve got a good thing going. Anna Kendrick explains how to win her over.

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Anna Kendrick Strips Down For GQ, Goes Blonde And Topless

What a sexy blonde! Anna Kendrick, star of the upcoming comedy Drinking Buddies, strips down for a hot photo shoot in the September 2013 issue of GQ. While promoting the new flick — also starring New Girl’s Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde and Ron Livingston — the stunning actress shares what not to do on a first date.

“Two subjects to never bring up on a first date are anything to do with the actual reality of your family, and, you know, liver cancer and how we’ve probably all got it,” the 28-year-old jokes. Also, who pays at the end of the night should be a no-brainer. “Paying on a first date is a tricky thing because even though it’s meaningless, if a guy doesn’t, or doesn’t offer, it suggests poor judgment more than anything else,” she says. Kendrick recently ended her four-year relationship with Shaun of the Dead director, Edgar Wright in March.

In addition, the Pitch Perfect star admits some of her most uncomfortable run-ins with fans — including encounters involving, er, shopping for underwear. “There’s something deeply embarrassing about being approached when you’re holding knickers,” she reveals. “And it’s happened TWICE!”

One thing Kendrick definitely isn’t shy about? Exposing some skin! In the photo shoot, the “When I’m Gone” singer also shows off her long legs and goes topless while just wearing black swim shorts. {usmagazine.com}

Anna in September GQ

Anna has a new risque photoshoot and interview with the September 2013 issue of Gentlemens Quarterly (GQ). Here’s an Ultra High Quality scan:

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Raise Your Glass to Anna Kendrick

The actress and Belgian beer enthusiast plays an alcoholic in this month’s Drinking Buddies—so we asked her about drunken hookups, naturally

By Lauren Bans
Photographs by Marc Hom
September 2013

“Do you like beer?” Anna Kendrick, the pint-size—pun intended—actress best known for playing control freaks (see: Up in the Air, 50/50), doesn’t normally get this question. But today there’s good reason: her new comedy, Drinking Buddies, in which she plays one-half of an admirably functional alcoholic couple. Kendrick does in fact enjoy beer—”every single Belgian-style beer”—which brings us to this irresistible follow-up: According to OkCupid’s infamous data nugget, beer fans are also more likely to go home with someone on the first date.

“Oh my!” she says, mock-scandalized. “I mean, correlation doesn’t suggest causality—but that is fuckin’ interesting.”

Another fuckin’ interesting correlation: the one that exists between Kendrick’s underwear shopping and fans asking for autographs. “There’s something deeply embarrassing about being approached when you’re holding knickers. And it’s happened TWICE!” Knickers? Was she shopping in the nineteenth century? “Like, for bloomers? How humiliating would that be?” Very—especially if it’s true what they say about beer drinkers.

Styled by Karina Givargisoff at Art Department. Coat by Pierre Balmain. Bra by VPL. Necklace by Helen Ficalora. {gq.com}

Pitch Perfect Holiday Album Expected Dec 2013

‘Pitch Perfect’ Holiday Album Due By End of 2013: ‘Christmas Classics’ to Get A Cappella Treatment from Movie’s Cast Following Surprise Success of Anna Kendrick’s ‘Cups’

The cast of the hit musical comedy “Pitch Perfect” are recording a holiday album, which is sure to hit shelves before the 2013 Christmas season. (Photo : Mario Anzuori/REUTERS)

“Pitch Perfect” fans have something to look forward to other than the planned, 2015 sequel to the hit musical comedy. According to actress Hana Mae Lee, a “Pitch Perfect” holiday album is on its way, with all new recordings from the all-star cast.

In an interview with MTV News, Lee dished that the actors/singers from the 2012 film are in the process of recording a new record. “We have a holiday album coming out, so stay tuned,” she teased. “There are Christmas classics. I’ll be singing ‘Silent Night.’ I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a cappella, even the percussion. It’s all us, so it’s going to be sweet though, because it’s going to sound like there’s other things, but it’s all us.”

The coming of a “Pitch Perfect” Christmas album should come as no surprise to fans. Since coming out in October of last year, the movie has slowly been building a larger fanbase and greater success.

“Pitch Perfect” won four surfboards at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards over the weekend. The flick took home accolades for Choice Movie – Comedy, and Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin and Adam Devine took home acting surfboards for their respective roles in the movie.

Meanwhile, the soundtrack to the musical has been a massive success, and has sold over 838,000 copies in 2013. Additionally, a remix of Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” has climbed the Billboard Charts, peaking at No. 6 last week.

More information on the holiday album has yet to come, but it’s sure to drop before the Christmas season gets in full swing, allowing fans to have their stockings filled with sweet, a cappella music. {mstarz.com}

Happy Birthday, Anna!

It’s Anna’s 28th birthday today, August 9th! Anna is in London shooting Into the Woods, and tweeted about her special day there. Rebel Wilson mentioned in a recent interview that she wasn’t allowed into Anna’s early birthday party at SkyBar in Los Angeles along with fellow Pitch Perfect co-star Hannah Lee-May. Make sure to send her a Happy Birthday comment, and check out these cool fan made cards below:


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Credit: pastelpastapanda, needs-her-jiggle-juice, anniekendrick, gangstagron.

REMEMBER TO VOTE FOR ANNA AND PITCH PERFECT IN THE TEEN CHOICE AWARDS, THAT WILL TAKE PLACE AUGUST 11TH

Anna to be on Sesame Street!

According to a new article, Anna is set to be one of the upcoming guests on this season of Sesame Street! Amazing, right?!

. . . The upcoming season of Sesame Street will also include celebrity guests including Charlize Theron, Usher, Henrey Cavill, Troy Polamalu, Tyler Perry, Dwight Howard, Forest Whitaker, Anna Kendrick and Dave Matthews. The show will also feature a new Latino character, Armando, played by actor Ismael Cruz Cordova. . . {thestar.com}

‘Drinking Buddies’ HD Screencaptures

I’ve added over 1100 HD screencaptures of Anna in Drinking Buddies. Anna plays Jill, a young special education teacher who’s boyfriend works at a beer brewery with Kate (Olive Wilde). Kate, Kate’s boyfriend, Jill, and Jill’s boyfriend become friends and after one two many drinks, the couples’ relationships get entwined. The indie film is really impressive because much of the acting is improvised, and as the movie gets closer to the release, there has been lots of really positive reviews surfacing. You can rent the film on iTunes and On-Demand now, and it comes out in theaters August 23.

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