MTV: Anna Kendrick Says Fame Hasn’t Changed Her ‘Twilight’ Co-Stars

Sep 28 2009 6:11 PM EDT
‘They’ve handled it so, so gracefully,’ she says of Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner.

By Larry Carroll, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

Remember way back in the day when we were talking about the young stars of “Twilight” most likely to break out and the 2009 films that would help make them household names?

Well, we hate to say we told you so, but there were a lot of people at the recently concluded Toronto International Film Festival claiming that “Up in the Air” is a surefire Oscar nominee. With that film’s November 25 release date arriving soon, and a little movie called “New Moon” coming out just before it, the age of Anna Kendrick seems to be upon us.

While in Toronto, we caught up with our old friend-turned-in-demand A-lister. Anna gave us some fast, smart answers about shooting the “Twilight” sequels, tweaking her character and whether fame has changed Rob and Kristen.

MTV: So, Anna, you’re in the middle of shooting the “Twilight” sequels. What is your work schedule like these days?

Anna Kendrick: Well, we started shooting ["Eclipse"]. I still have a few more things to do, and they’ll be filming for months.

MTV: What’s going on with Jessica in “Eclipse”? Is the role faithful to the character in the book, or are there new scenes that are added that you’re excited about?

Kendrick: The thing about playing one of the human characters — the non-supernatural characters in the “Twilight” series — is we have a lot more liberty to make it our own and change things, because people don’t have that attachment that they do to the myth of the world that Stephenie Meyer has created, in terms of the supernatural aspect. So we’ve never really gotten in trouble for straying a little bit. We’re having fun. I mean, we’re being faithful to the book, but with a few changes. I hope that they’re fun.

MTV: How has David Slade been as a director?

Kendrick: He’s great! He’s so funny — I mean, again, we have such small roles in this. Like, we come in and out. But he’s really funny, really focused and then sort of out-of-nowhere just hilarious.

MTV: Do you think this one will have a much different feel from the first two, because of the directorial changes and because of the material?

Kendrick: I don’t know. It’s really hard to tell, being on the other side of the camera. We come in and out, and we do our piece, make our trouble, and they ship us home.

MTV: Have they shown you the rough cut of “New Moon” yet?

Kendrick: No. Some of the actors have seen it, but I haven’t. I haven’t had a chance yet.

MTV: What’s the buzz among the actors who’ve seen it?

Kendrick: They say it’s great! Everything I hear is that it’s great.

MTV: Obviously, people like Rob, Kristen and Taylor have exploded since last year’s film. Has all that added attention, the paparazzi and whatnot, made it difficult to shoot the sequels?

Kendrick: Thank God people exist that know how to handle that. Because the production has managed to keep out a lot of onlookers, but it’s still [problematic]. You know that [the fans are] there, and I think that kinda does affect the way that you feel [while trying to act]. But it’s just one of those things you have to get over. I mean, if there are a ton of background actors in a scene, it’s the same thing. You just have to tune it out.

MTV: Have you seen a big change in Rob and Kristen since they’ve become famous, or are they the same?

Kendrick: No, of course they’re the same. Yeah, of course. They’re so levelheaded. They’ve handled it so, so gracefully. I really don’t know [how I would've handled it]. I would have gone insane at this point! But they manage to be handling it in stride.

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