On Life
Actress Anna Kendrick in 2010

  • “While I wouldn’t wish being teased on anyone, I think it eventually leads to a kind of solidarity in adult life. The few people I know who weren’t picked on in school are people I find I can’t relate to on much more than a surface level. There’s a sensitivity that comes with feeling like an outsider at some point in your life. I’d rather be emotionally tuned in to other people than slightly more confident because no one ever made fun of my hair.”
  • “Growing up back East and coming to L.A. when you’re 18 is quite a culture shock. But yeah, it’s home now and I’ve kind of learned how to navigate.” – On embracing life in L.A.
  • “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. 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.
  • “I would literally wear purple sweatpants, a purple pullover, purple socks, and purple slippers every day, red slippers if I was feeling fancy.”

On FameAnna Kendrick

  • 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. – On how well “Cups” is doing
  • “I’m really glad that the Oscar stuff is over, to be perfectly honest. 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.”
  • I’ve always tried to be nice and not to dismiss that question, but I’ve gotten to the point where I’m wondering why I don’t. . . . It’s one of the things that really makes me hate doing interviews. If somebody said that about me all the time or asked, “Who’s sexier, Anna or Kristen Stewart?,’’ it would make me feel terrible. And I would imagine it would make her feel terrible, too. – On getting asked to compare her hunky co-stars


  • “Premieres are always interesting. Every time I sort of convince myself that it’s going to be fun, I get a little nervous right beforehand even though it’s coming from a good place. Having that much energy thrown at you is really intense and just a little jarring.”
  • I’ll tell you, the really humbling moment is the moment that you get home from the Golden Globes or the BAFTAs or the Oscars, and you sit on your bed, which is the same crappy IKEA bed you’ve had since you were 18, and you put on an old episode of “Family Guy,’’ and you have a frozen meal . . . and you’re trying not to get macaroni and cheese on your thousand-dollar gown.
  • “It’s luck, pure and simple. I mean, I work very, very hard, but I don’t take any of this for granted and I don’t think any of it is because I’m better or more talented than other actors. . . . There are people who work at least as hard as me and are twice as talented, and nobody’s asking them about makeup secrets. There is a lot of luck to how my life’s turned out.”
  • “I’ve been pretty lucky in terms of the films I’ve been in, and having a slow and steady build. I have done smaller films that a lot of people in the industry have seen, and I feel sort of fortunate that it hasn’t been this overnight thing. I’m hoping that it continues to be this slow and steady thing so that I can take a deep breath and get used to it.”

On her Career

2014 Sundance Film Festival - Anna Kendrick Portraits

  • “An actor should always let humility outweigh ambition.”
  • “‘Cause I’m a huge loser, I thought the best way to spend an entire afternoon would be watching (Burden’s) video 50 times and teaching myself how to do it. When the film’s creative powers “found out I could, they wanted me to (perform) it in the movie.” — Telling Letterman how she learned the “Cups” song.
  • “I sort of marvel at myself. Maybe at a certain point everybody feels like the person they were when they were younger is a stranger. Because I seemed to be much more driven and focused at that age. I had the intention of being on Broadway. I am just very grateful that my parents treated me with respect . . . and really, really supported me.”
  • “Okay, I am happy with the way I look, but I have never, never, ever thought of myself as a ‘pretty girl’. Honestly. When I read some of these scripts I’m sent and they describe the heroine as ‘incredibly beautiful’, I wonder why they sent it to me. I also find myself thinking that she better also be pretty damn interesting, or I’m not going to want to play her. . . I actually went into one audition recently when the script called the character ‘an Anna Kendrick type’ and I thought to myself ‘What the heck is that, anyway?’ There was another girl sitting in the room and she was so much prettier than me and I thought, ‘Guys, just what are you looking for?’”
  • “I do admit that I’ve never been one to fit in easily to any given pattern. It’s not my choice. It’s just the way I am. So if the characters I wind up playing are all a bit different, it must be because that’s the way I like it. Anna Kendrick is different and she’s going to stay that way.”
  • I have an older brother and when I told him about the movie he said, “Oh, so you’ve been preparing for this movie for 24 years. Ha ha ha.” Yeah, I’m just being me. I was SO lazy. I had source material and the REAL Stacy Pilgrim and I’m still just playing me. (Laughs.) – On being lazy while filming Scott pilgrim
  • In Canada… I’m such an idiot. I didn’t even know Second Cup was a real place. I just knew it from reading the books. I went to rehearsals and in our hotel was a Second Cup, and I was like, “Oh my god! This is the Second Cup! I found it. I didn’t even know it was real!” I was asking for coffee, and I tasted it and I was like, “This is really great!” And it’s like Starbucks over there. It’s like going into a Starbucks and going, “Oh my god, I didn’t even know this place was real.” And I was like, “This is really good coffee you guys!” Ugh! – Cultural differences while filming Scott pilgrimnormal_0050x05
  • My personal experience on stage is, it’s just so great like getting to be able to do a piece from start to finish and riding the wave of a story and a person, because it feels different every night because it’s honest every night. And that’s really special. Whereas film is more of a Dr. Frankenstein experiment where, you know, you think “Well, we did those takes in the coffee shop where I was a little more this way so maybe I need to give a couple more options in the scene after that so that if they end up putting this take in, it will make sense that I’m doing this …” and that’s really fun. It’s almost like, it is like a jigsaw puzzle, an emotional jigsaw puzzle. And that’s really fun to experiment with something immediately. And try something different immediately. It goes without saying that it’s impossible to say which is superior because one is not superior but they’re definitely are very different experiences and they both have pros and cons. – When asked to compare stage acting to screen acting
  • “I sort of didn’t really think George was doing it, but then I met [writer-director] Jason Reitman after I was cast for lunch and he told me about George and how excited he was to do the film. I tried to keep a poker face and act like, ‘Oh yeah, well I’m looking forward to working with him. That’s totally gonna be an everyday occurrence for me.” – Realizing she would be working alongside George Clooney
  • d004“First it’s that sort of rare thing. This girl who is so intelligent and complicated and her character does not revolve around a romantic story line. That was enough to make it fascinating in itself because it just doesn’t happen, you don’t read scripts like that.” – On what was special about her character in Up in the Air
  • “I think it’s a little bit weird to start working at 12 and still be thought of as a newcomer but it’s cool. I’d rather be a newcomer than old news.”
  • “God bless [Robert and Kristen]. They seem to be handling it so well, so much better than I could ever imagine it for myself. I don’t know how they manage to stay so normal and level-headed. There’s a part of me that gets frustrated that they’re on the cover of a magazine and it’s says they’re engaged! You just want to scream. You just want to hold the magazine up and scream to everyone in the supermarket, ‘This isn’t true!’ ” – On the public interest on her Twilight co-stars
  • “One thing about my playing this role [Jessica Stanley] was that I felt like the only real way for me to play a girl who, by all accounts, should really be tall, thin, and blonde, was just kind of make it really desperate and needy and just a girl who is constantly trying to be liked, and comes of a little pathetic doing it.” – On playing Jessica in the Twilight series
  • “That’s awful! One has a serious girlfriend and one has a wife! I can’t.” – On who is the best kisser out of her Marc Pease co-stars (Ben Stiller or Jason Schwartzman)normal_pcx04
  • “The very first thing that I shot was doing vocal warm-ups with Ben’s character. He’s my music teacher and I thought I was going to throw up all day. We had to do a-capella vocal warm-ups, just scales on whatever syllable he felt like saying. He just kept going and improving. It was like poobah, and peebo and moopie. Whatever he’d say, I’d have to sing that. Everybody thought it was so funny but I’m like ‘I’m going to kill you’.” – On the first day of shooting The Marc Pease Experience
  • “Having seen Rocket Science I feel maybe more timid than I have ever felt in my life because several people think I should be this really intimidating person. I don’t want people to think I’m that big of a bitch in real life but I get very sheepish because I want to differentiate myself.” – Playing Ginny in Rocket Science
  • “The great thing for me about Ginny was what a surprise she was, in that she’s this teenage girl who is the most articulate and confident and powerful character maybe in the whole movie,” she says. “So often, when you read teenage girl [characters], they’re very vapid and flighty and are just there to look pretty.” – what she liked about the character Ginny
  • “Oh my God, that was a wonderful time! No telephone, no internet, no TV. We just hung out and sang all day. We were happy as clams, little freaks that we were. Kind of a musical theatre Bloomsbury Group.” – On shooting her first film, ‘Camp’
  • “I do have a passion for theater. But I try my best not to stalk people.” – On differences between Anna and her Camp character – Fritzi, 2003

On Fun


  • “On Twitter you say something dirty and then watch people’s minds explode, it’s really fun. It’s the mischievous part of me that would pull Halloween pranks. I do have fun saying dirty things on Twitter.”
  • “You know what somebody just got me into? Snapchat! It’s totally for teenagers to send each other dirty pictures, but I use it to send my friends ugly faces throughout the day. I spend so much time trying to look nice and smile and never take an unflattering photo that there’s something deeply satisfying about making the ugliest face I can make, and knowing that somebody is going to see it for five seconds.”
  • “I find I get the most response from things that I’m kind of honest about. When I make full-out jokes that works sometimes too, as the Ryan Gosling Tweet proved. But sometimes when I say something really honest, like I tweeted something about sometimes I wish I could wear sign around my neck that says, “Look, I’m pretty sensitive, can everybody just be cool?”…And I got an amazing response because it was, like, an honest thing where sometimes you’re just like feeling really vulnerable… It kind of forces you to tighten things up, which I’m bad at. Anything that I’ve ever written is just so utterly rambling…Like when God forbid I have a misunderstanding with somebody, the email that I will send them is like a ten-page novel.” -On Twitter
  • Aside from the adorable accent, the sense of humour is a big part of why Americans love British men. American guys try really hard to be funny, but there’s a self deprecating humour with British guys that I think is really appealing and endearing.’