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Time Interview + ‘Into the Woods’ HQ Still

Anna Kendrick May Be a Princess, But She’s No Damsel in Distress INTO THE WOODS

The actress talks Into the Woods, Meryl Streep and the version of Pitch Perfect that never got made.

Anna Kendrick might not strike you as a Disney princess: The 29-year-old actress is known as much for tweeting about things like her post-Oscar hangovers as she is for playing feisty outsiders in Pitch Perfect and Happy Christmas. But Kendrick’s Cinderella in the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, out Christmas Day, may surprise you. Kendrick, who was nominated for a Tony for her performance High Society at just 12 years old, will also sing in Pitch Perfect 2 and The Last 5 Years in 2015.

TIME talked to her about singing with Meryl Streep, empowered princesses and how she fought for big changes in the Pitch Perfect script.

TIME: Were you a princess person growing up?

Anna Kendrick: I won’t lie to you: I was a big fan of The Little Mermaid. I would do that thing in the pool, where I would flip my hair back because I wanted to be Ariel. But my older brother didn’t want to have an embarrassing little sister, so he insisted that I be exposed to other things. In retrospect, someone two years older than you is not necessarily qualified to say, “I think you’re old enough to watch Pulp Fiction now” because I definitely was not. He was responsible for making me a weird little kid.

Wait, how old were you when you saw Pulp Fiction?

I was about 11? Maybe some kids are emotionally prepared to deal with Pulp Fiction at 11. I was not. And I think that’s made me the person I am today. I’m not complaining, but I did have nightmares for a little while. It’s all character building.

Obviously the princesses in Into the Woods are very different than your traditional princesses. There seems to be a moment right now with Frozen princesses not waiting for their princes to save them…

And Maleficent as well!

Totally. You’re now among the growing list of princesses who can save themselves. What are your thoughts on that evolution?

Into the Woods has existed for years, but if more people being exposed to it through this movie continues that trend of princesses saving themselves and making their own choices, I think that’s fantastic.

I remember my best friend and I when we were running around the playground, she and I would dream about saving boys from falling off cliffs — not the other way around. But we would whisper these fantasies to each other, as though we weren’t supposed to be daydreaming about being the savior. We were supposed to be daydreaming about being saved. So I’m glad that it’s being represented in film because I think that that instinct exists in girls, and it’s nice to acknowledge that that’s normal. Continue reading

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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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‘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}