Anna Kendrick

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Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick March 22, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Kendrick at the Geffen’s 12th Annual Fundraiser in March 2014
Born (1985-08-09) August 9, 1985 (age 29)[1]
Portland, Maine, United States
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1998–present

Anna Kendrick (born August 9, 1985)[1] is an American actress and singer. She rose to international fame after her performance as Natalie Keener in Up in the Air (2009), for which she received Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. She played Dinah Lord in the Broadway musical High Society (1998), for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. Her other notable roles include Fritzi Wagner in Camp (2003), Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga (2008–11), Stacey Pilgrim in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Beca Mitchell in Pitch Perfect (2012) and Janet in End of Watch (2012). She will appear as Cinderella in Into the Woods, which is set to be released on December 25, 2014.

Early life[edit]

Kendrick was born in Portland, Maine, the daughter of Janice (née Cooke), an accountant, and William K. Kendrick, a history teacher who also works in finance.[2] She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent.[3] She has an older brother, actor Michael Cooke Kendrick, who appeared in the 2000 film Looking for an Echo. She attended Deering High School in Portland.[4]Her maternal grandmother was Ruth (Small) Cooke (1918-2011). [5]


Kendrick started her career at the age of 10. Her parents were supportive and often drove her from Portland, Maine, to New York City for auditions.[6] Her first prominent acting role was as Dinah in the Broadway musical High Society in August 1998 when she was 12 years old, a performance for which she won the Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award,[7] making her the third-youngest Tony Award nominee.[8] Kendrick went on to appear in a number of other stage productions, including the musical A Little Night Music, playing Fredrika Armfeldt in the New York City Opera production,[9] before making her film debut in the 2003 musical comedy Camp,[7] for which she was nominated at the Independent Spirit Awards for Best Debut Performance for her portrayal of Fritzi Wagner.

In 2007, she appeared in her next film, Rocket Science, as Ginny Ryerson, a fast-talking high school debater. Although Kendrick said she found the role intimidating and challenging after watching an actual national collegiate championship debate, her performance was praised by critics[7] and she was nominated for an Independent Spirit award for Best Supporting Actress.[10] Later that year, she auditioned for the role of Jessica Stanley in Twilight, a 2008 film adapted from the first book of the novel series by Stephenie Meyer.[11] She had intended to do a mix-and-match audition with various actors, but was too ill and had to leave; she was brought in for a later session where she was given the role.[6] Kendrick reprised her role as Jessica in the first three Twilight sequels.

Kendrick at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International

Kendrick's theater singing experience gave her the opportunity to star in The Marc Pease Experience (2009), where she appears as a high school senior involved in musical theater.[7][12] She appeared in the 2009 films Elsewhere, in which she plays her first lead character, a girl whose best friend goes missing,[7] and in director Jason Reitman's Up in the Air, based on Walter Kirn's 2001 novel of the same name.[13] For her role in Up in the Air, the National Board of Review named her Best Supporting Actress,[14] and she also picked up nominations from numerous critics awards, The Golden Globes,[15] The Screen Actors Guild,[16] and the Academy Awards.

She reprised her role as Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg devised a graduation speech for her character that was not part of the novel.[17] She appeared in Edgar Wright's adaptation of the graphic novel Scott Pilgrim, titled Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.[18] Kendrick played Stacey Pilgrim, the sister of the lead character. In 2010, she appeared in LCD Soundsystem's music video "Pow Pow" as a "shape-shifter" who collects "the souls of wicked men".[19] In October 2010, she attended the 2010 Top Glamour Awards in Mexico where she won for "Best International Actress".[20]

In 2011, she starred in the dramatic comedy 50/50, and reprised her role as Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. In 2012, she played Rosie in the screen adaptation of the baby guide What to Expect When You're Expecting, and voiced the character Courtney in the stop-motion animated film ParaNorman.[21] She starred in Pitch Perfect as Beca, a rebellious college student who discovers her voice in her school's female a cappella group, and she is featured on the film's soundtrack. Kendrick also appeared in the police drama End of Watch, playing Janet. In 2012 she appeared in the political thriller The Company You Keep.

In 2013, she scored a hit song with "Cups (When I'm Gone)" from the film Pitch Perfect which became a No. 2 hit on Billboard's Adult Pop Song chart. In 2014, Kendrick will star in a film adaptation of The Last Five Years, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September.[22] She will also star in a psychological thriller titled The Voices[23] and as Cinderella in Rob Marshall's musical film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.[24] Kendrick made her SNL hosting debut on April 5, 2014 with musical guest Pharrell.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Kendrick dated director Edgar Wright, whom she met during the 2009 production of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,[26][27][28] until early 2013.[29][30]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Camp Fritzi Wagner
2007 Rocket Science Ginny Ryerson
2008 Twilight Jessica Stanley
2009 Elsewhere Sarah
2009 Marc Pease Experience, TheThe Marc Pease Experience Meg Brickman
2009 Twilight Saga: New Moon, TheThe Twilight Saga: New Moon Jessica Stanley
2009 Up in the Air Natalie Keener
2010 Twilight Saga: Eclipse, TheThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse Jessica Stanley
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Stacey Pilgrim
2011 50/50 Katherine McKay
2011 Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Jessica Stanley
2012 What to Expect When You're Expecting Rosie Brennan
2012 ParaNorman Courtney Babcock Voice
2012 End of Watch Janet
2012 Pitch Perfect Beca Mitchell
2012 Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Jessica Stanley Credits only
2012 The Company You Keep Diana
2013 Drinking Buddies Jill
2013 Rapture-Palooza Lindsey Lewis
2014 Happy Christmas Jenny
2014 Life After Beth Erica Wexler
2014 The Voices Lisa
2014 Cake Nina
2014 The Last 5 Years Cathy Hiatt
2014 Into the Woods Cinderella
2015 Get a Job Jillian Stewart
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 Beca Mitchell In post-production
2015 The Hollars Rebecca In post-production
2015 Mr. Right Martha Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Mayor Sadie Winterhalter Movie
2007 Viva Laughlin Holly Episode: "What a Whale Wants"
2009 Fear Itself Shelby Episode: "The Spirit Box"
2012 Family Guy Nora (voice) Episode: "Internal Affairs"
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Anna Kendrick Wears A Patterned Blouse & Burgundy Pants"
2013 So You Think You Can Dance Herself/guest judge Episode: "Top 14 Perform"
2014 Saturday Night Live Herself/Host Episode: "Anna Kendrick/Pharrell Williams"[31]


Year Title Role Notes
1998 High Society Dinah Lord St. James Theatre
2003 A Little Night Music Fredrika Armfeldt New York City Opera

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2010 "Pow Pow" LCD Soundsystem
2012 "Do it Anyway" Ben Folds Five
2013 "Cups (When I'm Gone)" Herself


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Anna Kendrick goes K-Pop with f(x) Herself With f(x) and Funny Or Die
2014 Anna Kendrick: Behind the Scenes of the Mega Huge Game Day Herself commercial for Newcastle brown ale
2014 The Call(Anna Kendrick Love Her New Desk Job) Herself short film by Eric Ogden for FastCompany



List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Cups (Pitch Perfect's When I'm Gone)" 2013 6 44 75 12 26 26 71 Pitch Perfect
"—" denotes singles which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Other recordings[edit]

Year Title Album
1999 "Throwing A Ball Tonight" with Lisa Banes, Melissa Errico and John McMartin High Society (Original Cast Recording)
"Little One" with Daniel McDonald
"I Love Paris" with Melissa Errico
"She's Got That Thing" with the cast, Melissa Errico and John McMartin
"Let's Misbehave" with the cast
2003 "The Ladies Who Lunch" Camp: Music from the Motion Picture
2009 "Time After Time" Up in the Air (Music from the Motion Picture)
2013 "Bellas Regionals: The Sign / Eternal Flame / Turn the Beat Around" with The Barden Bellas Pitch Perfect
"Party in the U.S.A." with The Barden Bellas

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1998 Theatre World Award High Society Won
Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
2003 Independent Spirit Award Best Debut Performance Camp
2007 Best Supporting Actress Rocket Science
2009 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Female Scene Stealer The Twilight Saga: New Moon Won
Most Fanatic Fans (shared with cast)
Austin Film Award Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air
Glamour Woman of the Year Award Editors Special Award
Houston Film Critics Society Award Best Supporting Actress
MTV Movie Award Best Breakthrough Performance
National Board of Review Award Best Supporting Actress
Palm Springs International Film Festival Rising Star Award
North Texas Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress
Toronto Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress
Academy Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award Best Supporting Actress
Best Breakthrough Performance
Boston Society of Film Critics Award Best Supporting Actress 2nd place
British Academy Film Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Best Cast
Best Supporting Actress
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble 2nd place
Chicago Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Comedy Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Best Cast Nominated
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress 2nd place
Denver Film Critics Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Best Acting Ensemble
Detroit Film Critics Award Best Supporting Actress
Best Breakthrough Performance
Empire Award Best Newcomer
Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
International Online Film Critics' Poll Best Ensemble Cast Won
Irish Film and Television Award Best International Actress Nominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress 2nd place
National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Award Best Supporting Actress 3rd place
Online Film Critics Society Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress 2nd place
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Teen Choice Award Best Scene Stealer Female
Utah Film Critics Association Award Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award Best Supporting Actress
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress
Best Breakthrough Performance
Best Ensemble Cast
2010 People's Choice Award Favorite Breakout Movie Actress
Detroit Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
2013 MTV Movie Award Best Musical Moment
(shared with Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean and Hana Mae Lee)
Pitch Perfect Won
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actress: Comedy Nominated
Choice Movie Liplock (shared with Skylar Astin)
Choice Single: Female Artist "Cups"
American Music Award Favorite Soundtrack Pitch Perfect Soundtrack Won
2014 VEVOCertified Awards 100,000,000 Views "Cups"
PopCrush Fan Choice Awards Best Social Media Star Herself Nominated
World Music Awards World's Best Song "Cups"
World's Best Video
World's Best Female Artist Herself


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