Playbill Magazine Interview

Anna Kendrick Dishes on “Into the Woods” Changes and a Gender-Reversed Role That’d Get Her Back to Broadway

Tony and Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick trades in the plastic cup for slippers as pure as gold in her latest musical film, the highly anticipated adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods — although she never imagined she’d be the production’s princess.

“I had never considered myself a Cinderella,” she admitted in an upcoming interview with Playbill magazine. “I always thought of myself as Little Red because I’m a little weirdo… So playing Cinderella, not only did I have to wrap my brain around being the sweet ingénue, but I had to get my voice ready to be more sweet and light and more of a true soprano, which I’ve never been before.”

As Cinderella, the mistreated young maiden who wishes to attend the King’s festival — in search of her happy ending and to rid herself of her evil stepmother — she’s often found singing above the staff, especially when trying to reach a decision on the palace staircase.

“I had a really great and unique experience with Sondheim because he was changing the lyrics slightly to ‘Steps of the Palace,’ so I got to work closely with him on that,” she said. “And, by closely, I mean, he was around giving me new lyrics, and I stood there and tried not to mess them up! That was obviously really exciting to realize that the material was still living and breathing and that I got to be a part of a song that was changing for the film adaptation.”

Kendrick said that Sondheim was handing her lyric changes in the recording studio for “On the Steps of the Palace,” and she assured that each change to the material was handled with care.

“It’s certainly not like we took any of these changes lightly,” she confided. “Everyone in this understands what Into the Woods means to the musical theatre community because it means that much to us. We were sitting around dinner [talking] about how to maintain the integrity of the piece because we all care about it so much. I didn’t feel at any point that I was nervous because people were just flying fast and loose with the changes. Also, the fact that Sondheim was literally scribbling them down and handing them to me in the recording studio made me feel pretty good.”

Kendrick has found herself in and out of recording studios as of late. The actress, who made her Broadway debut at age 12 in High Society (nabbing a Featured Actress Tony nomination in 1998) and belted her best “Ladies Who Lunch” in the cult film “Camp,” has returned to her theatrical roots. Kendrick stars in the a cappella hit “Pitch Perfect” (and its upcoming sequel) and the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years.

Although it was reported in February that Kendrick said, “I never want to sing again, honestly. It’s hard as f-ck,” she realizes that, after all, opportunity is not a lengthy visitor.

“God, I feel like I should have never said that,” she confessed to Playbill, “because all I meant is that nobody could possibly want to see me in another damn musical! I feel like I’ve been in everything that has come out in the last couple of years. I guess I just don’t want to be the person who can’t go an entire movie just saying dialogue.”

As for what would get the sought-after star back to Broadway, it seems as though Sondheim has the way to her heart. “Oh, I don’t know!” she said. “Maybe if they do a gender-swapped Little Night Music, I’ve always wanted to play Henrik.”

Look for more from Kendrick and the stars of “Into the Woods” in an upcoming issue of Playbill magazine. {playbill.com}


Anna covers Entertainment Weekly

Anna is cover girl in a special ‘Into the Woods’ Entertainment Weekly. She is seen in a new promo pic as Cinderella, along with Chris Pine as her Prince. Scans soon :D!

Anna Kendrick Channels Cinderella on One of Four New ‘Into the Woods’ EW Covers!

Anna Kendrick gets into character as Cinderella for this special Into the Woods cover of Entertainment Weekly!

The 29-year-old actress stars as the famous fairytale character opposite Chris Pine as her Prince.

Three other Movie Preview covers feature Johnny Depp as the Big Bad Wolf and Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood, Emily Blunt and James Corden as the Baker’s Wife and Baker, and MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel and Meryl Streep The Witch. Check them out below!

“I didn’t want this to look like a cartoon world,” director Rob Marshall told the mag. “It’s not sunny, sunny, sunny—we wanted a sense of danger.”

Based on the hit Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods hits theaters on Christmas Day! {justjaredjr.com/}


Anna for Kate Spade

Anna will be model for the new Kate Spade bags, and has done a Behind the Scenes look with People for her new photoshoot.

Anna Kendrick’s Kate Spade New York Ad Is Here – Go Behind the Scenes With PEOPLE!

Anna Kendrick is the ultimate multi-hyphenate in Hollywood at the moment. She can sing, dance, act, Tweet hilariously — and now she can add “model handbags” to the list, thanks to her holiday campaign for Kate Spade New York. She took PEOPLE exclusively behind the scenes of the shoot, but before you get to ogle all the gorgeous photos in this week’s PEOPLE (on stands Friday), we thought we’d give you a little sneak peek.

Anna Kendrick Kate SpadeCourtesy Kate Spade

“It was so much fun,” Kendrick tells PEOPLE of the shoot. “We went to all these old spots in Vegas, so it felt like we got in a time machine. It was so romantic and fun. There were eight guys on the shoot with me who were just cracking me up! Mostly in their 50s and 60s but a couple in their 30s, and the photographer kept being like, ‘Just try to get her attention. Try to get her to laugh.’ So these guys were just cracking me up. They were totally these Vegas big shots for the day.”

Kendrick posed in a variety of luxe Vegas-appropriate looks (fur hats! bejeweled minis! glam gowns!) while surrounded by a coterie of men holding the brand’s latest bag. And lest you think the bag is too small, know that Kendrick already has her tiny-bag essentials list down to a science. “Just wallet, keys and phone. Well, and my retainer.”

Anna Kendrick Kate SpadeCourtesy Kate Spade

The star, who sums up her style in three words as “Lazy or classic” (hmm, sounds familiar) says she likes to be versatile in her style — not just low-key or super-glam. “I’m either! If I’m running to the grocery store, [I'm in] jeans and a T-shirt,” she says. “But when I go out, I’ve started enjoying looking nice, and that’s a fun new phase for me to be in. To me, when I want to look nice, I just want to go with something that’s flattering and classic.”

From her first splurge (a pair of $75 Ralph Lauren sunglasses) to her most recent (a Cartier orchid pin as a reward for Into the Woods), two things have remained constant: her Weezer tank from a concert 15 years ago (“This is embarrassing.”) and her love of Kate Spade New York bags (even before she was the spokeswoman, she wore them everywhere). “[It's what] I’ve always loved about Kate Spade, which is that it’s just gorgeous stuff. It’s timeless and it’s sophisticated, but it’s always a little bit playful.” Just like the lady herself. {stylenews.peoplestylewatch.com}


Gallery Update: Photoshoots

Anna has done a new photoshoot series with photographer Casey Curry for People magazine. 12 MQ untagged photos have been added to the gallery :) I’ve also added 3 MQ’s to a shoot she did for RapturePalooza in 2012:

Photoshoots & Press > Portraits > Rapture Palooza shoot 2012


Photoshoots & Press > Photo Shoot Sets > Casey Curry for People (Oct. 3, 2014)



Gallery Update: MQ Recent Appearances

Photoshoots & Press > Press Conferences > September 09, 2014: “Cake” Press Conference – TIFF


Photoshoots & Press > Photocalls > Cake Cast Photocall (September 09, 2014)


Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Sep 08: “Cake” Premiere – Toronto International Film Festival


Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Sep 11: “The Voices” Premiere – 2014 Toronto International Film Festival



‘The Last 5 Years’ Clip

Anna Kendrick serenades Jeremy Jordan in ‘The Last 5 Years’ clip

“You don’t have to get a haircut,” Anna Kendrick sings to her beloved in The Last 5 Years, “you don’t have to change your shoes.” And you don’t have to wait until the film’s 2015 release to get a taste of Kendrick as Cathy.

The Last 5 Years, directed by P.S. I Love You‘s Richard LaGravenese, is adapted from Jason Robert Brown’s Off-Broadway hit that follows a couple’s five-year relationship told almost exclusively through song—and also told from two different timelines. Cathy’s parts begin at the end of the relationship while Jamie’s (Jeremy Jordan) begin at the start of it, and the two story lines don’t collide until Jamie proposes.

Sound confusing? Kendrick says not to worry. “It all just kind of feels like vignettes, like scenes from a marriage, except musical versions,” she told EW in February. “We were really worried about making sure that people were following the timeline of it, and actually it all works.”

In an exclusive clip, Kendrick’s Cathy seems to be at a good place in the relationship: She sings to Jamie about how he’s perfect the way he is in a song that’s often interrupted by kisses and, eventually, some undressing.

The Weinstein Company’s RADiUS nabbed the North American Rights to the film at the Toronto International Film Festival and are planning for a Valentine’s Day 2015 release. {insidemovies.ew.com}


Press Update

Anna Kendrick says she threw out diamond earrings sent to her home by fan

Anna Kendrick does not accept gifts sent to her private residence.

The 29-year-old “Pitch Perfect” actress told a disturbing story in a recent podcast about when a crazed fan sent a very pricey present to her home address.

“I got (a gift) with, like, a really long letter about how he really felt like we should be together, and if I would just give him a chance, and he didn’t want to do it over social media because he thought that would pressure me because it was public … he (wanted) to be a gentleman. And he, uh, sent me a pair of diamond earrings,” shetold host Marc Maron Monday on an episode of “WTF.”

“Get the f–k out of here, for real ones?” Maron asked Kendrick.

“For real diamond earrings,” the brunette beauty confirmed.

“I did go and check. And I was just like, these have to go into the trash. I can’t. I cannot. I cannot wear them. I can’t give them to someone. It’s too weird. If the teddy bear goes in the trash, these go in the trash,” Kendrick continued.

“Just on principle. So, I had to throw them away. If you send something to my house, it’s going in the trash.”

The starlet just wowed onlookers Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival as she stepped out for the premiere of her latest film, “The Last Five Years.”{nydailynews.com}


WTF Podcast

Anna was interviewed for WTF Podcast.

When Anna Kendrick was 10 years old, she convinced her parents to drive her from their home in Maine to New York City for auditions. That decision has paid off with a pair of huge award nominations, roles opposite some of the world’s biggest movie stars and a multi-platinum hit song. Anna and Marc talk about the many highlights of her young career and why she’s always worried that none of it is real. wtfpod.com


Gallery Update: Photoshoots + Portraits

Photoshoots & Press > Photo Shoot Sets > Zooey Magazine (2011)

Photoshoots & Press > Portraits > “Cake” @ 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (Sep. 09, 2014)

Photoshoots & Press > Portraits > Maarten de Boer @ TIFF 2014 (Sept. 04, 2014)


Photoshoots & Press > Photo Shoot Sets > Mary Ellen Matthews for SNL (April 2014)


Photoshoots & Press > Photo Shoot Sets > Annelise Phillips for Remix Fall 2011


Photoshoots & Press > Photocalls > Up in the Air Tokyo Photocall (2010)



Gallery Update: September Candids

Candids > Candids in 2014 > Sep 22: Shops for home improvements in L.A.


Candids > Candids in 2014 > Sep 17: Heads to the DMV in L.A.


Candids > Candids in 2014 > Sep 15: Leaving her House in L.A.


Candids > Candids in 2014 > Sep 12: LAX Airport


Candids > Candids in 2014 > Sep 09: Anna Kendrick seen leaving Brassaii Restaurant after press event during TIFF


Candids > Candids in 2014 > Sep 06: Anna arrives at Toronto Pearson airport for the 2014 Toronto Film Festival