Posted 12/21/2009 5:00 AM
By Kelly Carter, special for USA TODAY
Anna Kendrick, 24, just won a Golden Globe Awards supporting-actress nomination for Up in the Air, in which she appears with George Clooney. She also is in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, playing Bella’s friend Jessica. She shares her travel highlights and tips with Kelly Carter for USA TODAY.
Q: Did you learn anything about traveling while making Up in the Air?
A: I’m getting better about going through security. I’m trying to be better about wearing slip-on shoes and not forgetting to take my laptop out of my suitcase. Traveling makes me a little nervous, because the actual act of being in an airport means you’re completely at the mercy of other people.
Q: What’s the sexiest place you’ve ever visited?
A: I thought Omaha, Neb., was pretty sexy. I swear to God. Conor Oberst (of Mystic Valley Band fame) came out of there, and where we were staying was near all these record shops and used T-shirt shops. They all had this kind of rock ‘n’ roll vibe. It was like every person walking down the street was going to be the next big thing. I’ve got a real thing for kind of rebellious, music-looking guys.
Q: Where have you been recently, and what did you like about it?
A: I went to London to do some press. They don’t have a lot of foods that I’m used to having available at all times, but I did enjoy sticky toffee pudding, shepherd’s pie and black pudding for the first time. Even though (the British) don’t have a reputation for having the best food in the world, I definitely went on quite a binge.
Q: What’s the first thing you do when you walk into a hotel room after checking in?
A: Check the bed. The most important thing in a hotel room to me is the bed and the shower. As long as you’ve got good pressure and a good bed, it doesn’t really matter what else they’ve got. I’ve been in hotel rooms where there’s, like, a chandelier in the shower. It really doesn’t matter if the water pressure is not good. I’ll get in the bed almost immediately and check it out to see if I’m going to have a good night’s sleep.
Q: What’s the most surprising/unexpected place you’re ever visited?
A: Goshen, Ind. I shot a really, really, really small independent film there. There was a pretty strong Amish community, to the point where the Walmart had stables for horses. That was definitely interesting navigating roads with horses and buggies. There was one bar that we could go to at the end of the night. It was a really small community and it felt like that movie State and Main, where we completely took over the town. By the end, everybody knew who we were because we were one of the people working on the movie. Everybody else knew each other. It was like, “If you’re an outsider you must be one of those movie people.” I did see a little Amish boy playing with a Game Boy, but I didn’t tattle on him.
Q: What’s your favorite vacation spot?
A: Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I was on vacation. But I really like Edinburgh. I went there when I was a teenager. I went during the Fringe festival and I’ve wanted to go back ever since. It was nice to be in a place where it felt like there was some history. I’m from Maine, and even Maine isn’t that old. And certainly California is like the fetus of the world. It was nice to be in a place where it felt like things had really happened here and there was a real sense of history.
Q: Can you offer an insider tip or recommendation for your favorite vacation place?
A: It’s not a vacation spot. But it was (in) a place I shot another movie. There’s (an Irish pub) in Baltimore called Ryan’s Daughter. Honestly, I can’t even remember if the food was any good, but it was one of those places where we consistently had an amazing time and it felt like it had something to do with the environment and atmosphere.