Parade – Anna Kendrick: Filming ‘New Moon’ Was ‘Nerve-Wracking’

Monday, November 30, 2009
From Parade Magazine

Anna Kendrick was a Broadway success at 12, when she became the second youngest performer ever nominated for a Tony Award for High Society. Now, she’s racking up a double header on the big screen with co-starring roles in New Moon, reprising her Twilight role as Jessica, and Up in the Air with none other than George Clooney.

Kendrick told Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf why sharing with the screen with one of the sexiest men alive was more than she bargained for.

Mothering George.

“There was a lot of goofing around and there were definitely days were I felt like Clooney was the teenager and I was the mom. I was like, ‘George come on, I’m trying to focus,’ which was a very strange thing to be saying to George Clooney. But he would be playing with Nerf balls on set, so I was trying to dodge Nerf balls while getting prepared for a scene.”

Giving Clooney as good as she got.

“Sometimes, George gave me a really hard time. He was always kidding around about me being inNew Moon because I was shooting that at the same time. I decided that entitled me to give George a hard time right back. I think I made fun of him a lot more than I ever realized I would. Like he’d call me short and I’d call him old. If you’d told me before I did the film that I would be making fun of George Clooney that way I wouldn’t have believed you.”

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“Whenever we shot outside there was always a hundred fans standing around and you felt like you were on display. I’d be trying to have a conversation with Kristen Stewart, but I’d always feels like maybe somebody was watching us who lip reads or something. You’d think if you joked around it was all being captured on somebody’s video thing. That made it a little nerve-wracking.”

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Don’t ask her to predict box office success.

“I can remember when I was offered the role in Twilight feeling like, ‘OK, I’m going to do this movie and it’s about vampires so maybe it will be cool.’ I was telling my friends I was in Twilight and none of them had heard of it. So I was going, ‘Maybe people will like it and maybe we’ll break even if we’re lucky.’ Now, it’s everywhere, a global phenomenon. I’m not exactly sure how that happened.”

The big lip lock you won’t see in Up in the Air.

“There was a scene that was cut from the film where I get drunk and I make out with a guy that I meet. I thought that we should just give it a test run before we had to do it in front of the cameras. I wanted to be professional about it. So we went into another room and kind of did a little smooching. Afterward, this guy looked as though he’d been like violated. He was like, ‘Oh, that was very efficient.’ I was like, ‘I’m an efficient kisser? That’s awesome, that’s great news.’”

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Unlike her character in Up in the Air, she’s not addicted to her BlackBerry.

“I’d rather call than text and I’d rather be talking to someone in person than anything. I’m actually not really great on the phone. Texting is good for me when I just want to send a little message like, ‘Do you want to do something, do you want to hang out?’ I don’t know that I’ve ever texted anything really emotional. When I was 11-years-old, I broke up with my boyfriend in an email. Email was new and we were just learning how to use it.”

Coping with Oscar buzz for her performance.

“I think surreal is absolutely the right word. It’s very strange for me to sit in my filthy, unwashed Prius, which I’ve had since I was 18, or in my room with my pile of laundry, and feel like there are people talking about Oscar buzz. It’s very strange because I feel like people who get talked about in that way are these kind of perfect human beings. You’re supposed to be really polished and really grownup to get Oscar buzz. There’s almost a feeling like, ‘If you could just see my life and see how often I’m almost falling apart, you’d understand why I think it’s weird.’”

Getting that Tony nomination at 12.

“People don’t usually start that young. Believe me, when you’re 10-years-old, and trying to make it, two years is a long ass time not to get a job. There were definitely moments where I was like, ‘What am I doing, where am I going?’ In my own way I was definitely a very serious little girl and there were times when I thought I was being ridiculous, and being a success was a stupid dream. I guess I just knew what I wanted at the age. I think I was more ambitious as a child than I am now.”

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