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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}

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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!
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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/}

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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.

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“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.”

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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}

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‘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}

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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}

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Press Update

What Had Anna Kendrick Terrified While Filming Pitch Perfect 2?

Someone’s afraid of heights!

Anna Kendrick, 29, who stars as an irresponsible sister in the dramedy Happy Christmas, revealed what had her shaking while filming Pitch Perfect 2 when she chatted with PEOPLE this week about “one last thing” …

Last sunburn
It’s been a while, because I usually avoid the sun like the plague. But I went on vacation to Mexico with my friend Aubrey Plaza, and I was under a hat and umbrella all day so I didn’t put sunscreen on. I went in the ocean for 10 minutes and got a super-painful sunburn on my face.

Last time I was nervous
Without spoiling anything, there is a point [in Pitch Perfect 2] when I am at a great height and have to jump, and it was actually totally terrifying and took me like three takes to even jump. Even thinking about it right now makes my stomach turn.

Last compliment I got
I feel like somebody told me I had nice skin at the grocery store the other day, which was really nice. But I don’t know if it was an old Gypsy woman who put a curse on me, because I’m immediately having a massive breakout.

Last thing I cooked
I had some of the girls over for Game of Thrones night, and I did a little chocolate and white chocolate fondue and some spanakopita and mini quiches.

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Anna and Pitch Perfect 2 Cast on The Today Show

Ready for another cup? ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ stars spill on sequel

Good news for fans who missed them when they were gone: In next year’s “Pitch Perfect 2,” the Barden Bellas once again will raise their voices in glorious a cappella harmony. And the stars of the highly anticipated sequel dished — well, a little, anyway — about the film’s plot in a behind-the-scenes chat with TODAY Monday.

“The Bellas have a new main rival this time around,” director/star Elizabeth Banks told TODAY’s Natalie Morales. “They’ve gotten too big for their britches, possibly literally. And they’ve sort of forgotten about the music a little bit.”

Co-star Rebel Wilson joked that the sequel will have more stunts. “That bit when you’re dangling from the helicopter…” Wilson said in a teasing voice, looking at returning co-star Anna Kendrick. Gesturing toward cast newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, Wilson added, “That bit with the shark, it really is her.”

One thing is clear: “Pitch Perfect 2” will have plenty of elaborate choreography. Morales got a firsthand look at the moves.

“Pitch Perfect 2” hits theaters May 15, 2015.

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Anna to star in ‘Trolls’

Anna has been cast as the lead voice in the new animation “Trolls”!

Anna Kendrick to Lead Voice Cast of ‘Trolls’ for DreamWorks Animation

Mike Mitchell (“Shrek Forever After”) will direct the musical comedy, while Gina Shay will produce

Oscar and Tony Award nominee Anna Kendrick has joined the cast of DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming feature film “Trolls,” TheWrap has learned.

Mike Mitchell will direct the musical comedy, while his “Shrek Forever After” collaborator Gina Shay will produce. 20th Century Fox will release “Trolls” on Nov. 4, 2016.

Kendrick will lend her “Pitch Perfect” pipes to the role of Poppy, the relentlessly upbeat princess at the center of “Trolls,” a fun-filled adventure that will reveal the story behind the beloved, colorful nature of the Trolls’ trademark, gravity-defying hair.

“Anna has proven herself to be a brilliant actress with an amazing singing voice. She’ll inject Poppy with the exact mix of spirit, sass and song that will no doubt give a whole new life to the iconic Troll dolls,” said Mitchell.

Continuing to this day, the Troll doll phenomenon was born in 1959 when Danish fisherman and woodcutter Thomas Dam, too poor to afford a Christmas present for his young daughter Lajla, carved a doll for her based on the legendary Scandinavian troll. This modern-day Geppetto couldn’t have imagined that the Troll dolls would soon become one of the biggest toy crazes of the 1960s.

The Trolls experienced a resurgence in the 1990s and their uniquely endearing faces and shocks of colorful hair continue to capture the hearts and imaginations of fans around the world.

Kendrick, who will soon be seen as Cinderella in Disney’s musical “Into the Woods,” has no less than six indies on the horizon including Joe Swanberg‘s “Happy Christmas” and “Digging for Fire,” the Sundance movies “Life After Beth” and “The Voices,” plus Richard LaGravenese’s “The Last 5 Years” and the Jennifer Aniston film “Cake.”

Kendrick is represented by CAA and attorney Todd Rubenstein. {thewrap.com}

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Anna Covers Elle July 2014

Anna is the cover girl for the July 2014 edition of Elle, with a gorgeous photospread shot by Carter Smith and a great new interview!

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Why Anna Kendrick Is the Sexiest and Savviest Social Media Star of Her Generation

Photo: Carter Smith

With a sharp sense of humor and serious smarts, Anna Kendrick has turned herself into the savviest social-media star of her generation and makes her ELLE cover debut for the magazine’s first-ever Social Issue. Now, with seven projects on the horizon (Happy Christmas is out this month), the acting, singing, joking sensation is about to go supernova. Kendrick garnered an Oscar nomination at 24 with Up in the Air. Her hit song “Cups,” recorded for the Pitch Perfect soundtrack, spent 44 weeks on Billboard‘s Hot 100. Her Saturday Night Live debut this April—a barrage of musical skits—unleashed skill after seemingly limitless skill. But Kendrick also has found a way to meld the famous-person world with the one the rest of us live in, taking every opportunity to remind us—largely via social media—that she’s still an occasionally weird and sometimes flawed human, not just a body hosting an increasingly desirable brand. Tweet by tweet, joke by joke, Kendrick, now 28, has carved out a space in which to define herself. And the result is that despite living a life most of us can’t relate to, she herself seems entirely relatable.

Photo: Carter Smith

Whether Kendrick is talking about her childhood and teen years, or commenting on her so called ‘approachable hotness,’ she offers an interesting look at the woman who describes herself to her 2.5 million Twitter followers as “Pale, awkward and very very small.” Check out the following excerpts for a sneak preview, and read the full interview exclusively in ELLE’s July issue, available digitally and at newsstands in select cities starting June 17th, and nationwide on June 24th.

On family and divorce:

Kendrick grew up in Portland, Maine, in a house sandwiched between the pond where she and her older brother, Michael, ice-skated in the winter and the baseball diamond where they watched Little League games in the summer. Their parents—Janice, an accountant, and William, a teacher—divorced when she was 15 but stayed on good terms. “I hate when people think you’re broken because your parents are divorced,” Kendrick says. “And I really reject the idea of staying together for the kids. If they’re growing up in a house that’s not healthy, it’s better to know that’s not the model of what marriage should be.”

– Excerpted from ELLE, July 2014

Photo: Carter Smith

On her sex appeal:

This lack of ego, coupled with the stealth hourglass shape, the porcelain skin, and the smart mouth, add up to a very specific kind of sex appeal. Kendrick, who hasn’t publicly dated since she and Edgar Wright broke up last year, says she hasn’t been hit on since Up in the Air, “honest to God.” For the 5 million-plus people who have YouTubed her Newcastle Brown Ale Super Bowl ad, this will be hard to buy. In it, the actress is simultaneously sexy and hilarious, twirling her movie-star hair and deadpanning that she’s “approachable hot, like the-hottest-girl-in-your-improv-class-hot.” [@RyBrockington: "Breaking News: I can indeed confirm that @AnnaKendrick47 was the hottest girl in my improv class."] “I’ve never felt like I’ve exactly traded on my looks,” the actress says matter-of-factly. “When I was a teenager, I was an ultralate bloomer, and my mom would say it was a blessing, because it means you never have to wonder if guys are only interested in you because you’ve got boobs.  I would have been thrilled if guys were interested in me because of my boobs!” But maybe it’s for the best. “Similarly, I think I’m lucky that I’ve never had a crisis about whether the only reason I’m successful is because I’m crazy hot.  It’s not something that crosses my mind.”

– Excerpted from ELLE, July 2014 {elle.com}

Anna Kendrick hasn’t been hit on in five years, ‘Honest to God!’

Why is nobody hitting on Anna Kendrick?

The 28-year-old actress claims she hasn’t been approached in that way since the 2009 dramedy “Up in the Air,” which earned her a supporting actress Oscar nomination.

“Honest to God!” Kendrick quipped in an interview with Elle magazine for its first social-media issue.

Do the math: That’s five years. Maybe it was because the “Cups” singer was in a relationship with “Shaun of the Dead” director Edgar Wright from 2009 to 2013, but still!

“I’ve never felt like I’ve exactly traded on my looks,” the Maine native told the magazine. As a teen, she said, she was a late bloomer.

“My mom would say it was a blessing, because it means you never have to wonder if guys are only interested in you because you’ve got boobs. I would have been thrilled if guys were interested in me because of my boobs!”

But there is a silver lining: “I think I’m lucky that I’ve never had a crisis about whether the only reason I’m successful is because I’m crazy hot. It’s not something that crosses my mind.”

This is the same lady who put on a self-deprecating act for a faux 2014 Super Bowl commercial. In a fake behind-the-scenes video for the nonexistent Newcastle Ale ad, Kendrick jokes, “I was surprised that I even got offered the part, you know, ’cause I don’t think of myself as like, beer-commercial-babe hot. You know? I mean, I’m hot, but like, approachable hot. Like, the-hottest-girl-in-your-improv-class hot. Like, hot to the guys who feel bad calling a girl hot.”

The woman she’s come to be, as she describes on her Twitter page, is “pale, awkward and very, very small.” Funny too. Kendrick offers her more than 2.5 million followers one short burst of humor after another.

“Burned my thumb on set today. iPhone fingerprint ID won’t work. Pretty sure I can get away with murder as long as I only use my thumb,” she tweeted early in May. Or how about, “Sometimes the only reason I leave my house is so when someone asks about my day I don’t have to say, ‘Netflix and avoiding responsibilities.'”

Clearly Kendrick isn’t afraid to have fun, even amid a very busy schedule. The actress will star in at least six films due out in 2015. Notably, she will portray Cinderella in Rob Marshall’s family fantasy “Into the Woods,” alongside Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp. Kendrick will also reprise her role as Beca, the budding singer attending university, in the musical comedy “Pitch Perfect 2.”

Note to Ms. Anna Kendrick: We’re ready to be amused, again {latimes.com}

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Anna Covers Fast Company

Anna ranked number 8 in Fast Company’s “The Most Creative People in Business.” She’s done a short one-man video called “The Call,” which is absolutely hilarious! There is also a cool new photoshoot (she’s covergirl!) and great new comprehensive interview!

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 For knowing that her best role is herself.

“Oh, I love this guy,” Anna Kendrick says, as a bichon frise greets her hand with its tongue. “Hi, pal! You’re a good guy!” The 28-year-old actress is sitting on a bench in a Hollywood Hills dog park, where a half-dozen or so of California’s chicest hounds are frolicking in a grassy meadow, enjoying a lazy morning on the last day before spring. Off to Kendrick’s right, a galumphing golden retriever chases down a slobbery tennis ball. “I want to steal that ­fucking dog,” she says.

The pooch-loving Kendrick doesn’t own a dog right now; having six movies coming out over the next 18 months puts a bit of a crimp in pet ownership. (The closest she’s come recently was a Jack Russell ­terrier that belonged to an ex, but she lost him in the breakup, which seems to bum her out more than the breakup itself.) Occasionally she’ll get lucky and dog-sit for friends, but today she’s here to get her fix ­vicariously: “Just creeping,” she says. Before long, a yappy-looking mutt scampers over to the bench, lifts his leg, and, before Kendrick can stop him, marks his territory all over her Kate Spade purse. “No!” she says, shooing him away. “Cheeky!” It’s hard to imagine Angelina Jolie or Gwyneth Paltrow ever “just creeping,” much less letting their bags be despoiled by an overfriendly Chihuahua. But ­Kendrick–who broke out in 2008’s Twilight, did an Oscar-nominated turn opposite George Clooney in Up in the Air, and rose to genuine stardom with 2012’s Pitch Perfect–is part of a new breed of actresses who somehow manage to seem eminently approachable while also remaining heroes to their legions of fans. (See also: Jennifer Lawrence, Lena Dunham, and, to some extent, Emma Stone.) Kendrick’s reach is particularly vast: She counts 1.3 million followers on Instagram and 2.2 million on Twitter, all of whom tune in to hear her say whatever’s on her mind, the more inappropriate the better. Her hit single, “Cups (When I’m Gone),” from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack, shot to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to 120 million viral-video ­watchers. An increasing number of brands want to tap into her four-quadrant appeal to help push their products; and–oh, right–she’ll appear in three films this year, including Disney’s take on the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods, in which she stars as Cinderella alongside Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep.

And yet, Kendrick says, “Not only is strategy not my strong suit, it doesn’t even enter into my thought process.” She doesn’t have a business manager or even an assistant; recently, when she went to buy a new, used Prius–which she only assented to after her 2002 Prius died on her–she brought along her BFF Aubrey Plaza, of NBC’s Parks and Recreation and the forthcoming zombie rom-com Life After Beth, which Kendrick has a cameo in.

“I’m a terrible negotiator,” Kendrick says. “The guy was doing all the cliché car-salesman things, playing hardball and going to talk to his manager, and all I could say was, ‘Why are you being so mean? Stop it!’ ” Fortunately, Plaza–who’s known for her biting sarcasm and droll demeanor (says Kendrick: “I envy her. I think people would be thrilled to pieces if she threw a drink in their face”)–came prepared to live up to her rep. Their good cop/bad cop routine worked, and after a bit of back-and-forth, Kendrick drove off the lot at Toyota of Glendale with a preowned Prius for exactly what she wanted to pay. “We did it,” she says with a grin.
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