Anna Cooke Kendrick
August 9, 1985
Portland, Maine, U.S.
Anna Cooke Kendrick (born August 9, 1985) is an American actress and singer. Her first starring role was in the 1998 Broadway musical High Society, for which she earned a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She made her film debut in the musical comedy Camp (2003), and had a supporting role in The Twilight Saga (2008–2012). She achieved wider recognition for the comedy-drama film Up in the Air (2009), which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and for her starring role in the Pitch Perfect film series (2012–2017).
Kendrick has also starred in the comedies Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and 50/50 (2011), the crime drama End of Watch (2012), the musical fantasy Into the Woods (2014), and the thrillers The Accountant (2016) and A Simple Favor (2018). She has also performed a voice role in the animated musical films Trolls (2016) and Trolls World Tour (2020). For starring in the short form series Dummy, she received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress.
Kendrick has sung on various soundtracks for her films, including the single "Cups" in 2012, as well as at events like the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors and the 2015 Academy Awards. Her memoir, Scrappy Little Nobody, was published in 2016.
Kendrick was born in Portland, Maine, on August 9, 1985, the daughter of accountant Janice (née Cooke) and history teacher William Kendrick. Her father has also worked in finance. She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent. She has an older brother who is an actor and appeared in the drama film Looking for an Echo (2000). She attended Deering High School.
1998–2007: Early career, theater, and film debut
Kendrick started her career as a child, auditioning for theater productions in New York City. When she was 12, she had a supporting role in the 1998 Broadway musical High Society. Her performance earned her a Theater World Award and nominations for Featured Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards and Tony Awards. She went on to a supporting role in the 2003 New York City Opera production of Stephen Sondheim's musical A Little Night Music.
She made her film debut in the musical film Camp. Her performance as nerdy Fritzi Wagner earned her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance. She played an ambitious high school debater in Rocket Science (2007), for which she earned a Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female.
2008–2011: Twilight and Up in the Air
Kendrick rose to prominence in 2008 for the fantasy romance Twilight, a major box-office hit based on Stephenie Meyer's novel of the same name; Kendrick played Jessica Stanley, a friend of protagonist Bella Swan. In 2009, she appeared in the comedy The Marc Pease Experience, in her first leading role in the crime thriller Elsewhere, and reprised her Jessica Stanley role in Twilight's sequel, New Moon.
She then starred alongside George Clooney in director Jason Reitman's Up in the Air (2009). Critics praised her performance as an ambitious college graduate, calling it "funny and touching" and saying that she "grabs every scene she's in". It brought her nominations for several Best Supporting Actress awards, including the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and BAFTA Awards.
In 2010, Kendrick again portrayed Jessica Stanley in the Twilight saga's third installment, Eclipse. Later that year, she appeared in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, as the sister of the title character. The film did not fare well at the box office, but has since become a cult classic. In 2011, she appeared in the critically acclaimed comedy-drama 50/50, as an inexperienced therapist to a cancer patient played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Later that year, she made her final appearance as Jessica Stanley in Twilight's fourth installment, Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011).
2012–2015: Pitch Perfect and Into the Woods
In 2012, Kendrick featured as part of the ensemble cast of What to Expect When You're Expecting, loosely based on the pregnancy guide of the same name. Also that year, she lent her voice to the stop-motion animated film ParaNorman, starred in the commercially successful crime drama End of Watch, and appeared in Robert Redford's political thriller The Company You Keep.
Kendrick's most successful film of 2012 was the musical comedy Pitch Perfect (2012), loosely based on the non-fiction book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory. Kendrick played Beca Mitchell, a rebellious college freshman who joins an a cappella group called the Barden Bellas and finds that her more modern approach to music clashes with the traditional approach of the group's leader. The film emerged as a major commercial success and received mostly positive reviews from critics, who called Kendrick's performance "splendid", saying that she "hits just the right note between pithy and chummy".
At the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014, Kendrick was featured in three films. She played leading roles in the comedy-drama Happy Christmas and the horror comedy The Voices, which both received generally favorable reviews from critics, as well as a supporting role in the zombie comedy Life After Beth. Both Happy Christmas and Life After Beth received limited releases later in 2014, while The Voices was given a limited release in early 2015.
At the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014, Kendrick was featured in two films. She starred in the musical romance The Last Five Years, an adaptation of the off-Broadway musical of the same name. While the film itself received mixed reviews, Kendrick garnered widespread critical acclaim for her performance. She also played a supporting role in the comedy-drama Cake. Cake was eventually given a wide release in January 2015, while The Last Five Years received a limited release in February 2015.
Kendrick was next seen playing Cinderella in Disney's Into the Woods (2014), director Rob Marshall's film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical of the same name. Kendrick was a part of the large ensemble cast. The film became a major commercial success and received mostly positive reviews from critics.
Kendrick competed in the first season of Lip Sync Battle against John Krasinski, one of the show's executive producers, in an episode aired in April 2015. She first performed "Steal My Girl" by One Direction, in which she jokingly revealed the object of her affection to be Krasinski's newlywed wife, Emily Blunt. During her performance, Kendrick stares adoringly at images of Blunt on a monitor while sporting a t-shirt imprinted with a heart-shaped photograph of her and Blunt together. Kendrick also performed "Booty" by Jennifer Lopez, in which she makes a surprise appearance at the end of the song. Krasinski performed "Bye Bye Bye" by NSYNC and "Proud Mary" by Ike & Tina Turner. The audience declared Kendrick the winner. The episode garnered over 1.75 million U.S. viewers.
Kendrick played a supporting role in Digging for Fire, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and received a limited release in August of that year. In May 2015, she reprised her role of Beca Mitchell in Pitch Perfect 2. The film, which followed Mitchell in her senior year of college as the co-president of the Barden Bellas, emerged as a major box office blockbuster and surpassed the success of the first film.
2016–present: Trolls franchise and other projects
Kendrick starred in the action comedy Mr. Right, which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and was released on April 8, 2016. She also starred in The Hollars, a comedy-drama directed by and starring John Krasinski, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and was theatrically released in August 2016. She was then seen in the coming-of-age film Get a Job, which received a limited release in March 2016 after being delayed since 2012.
Also in 2016, Kendrick starred in the commercially successful comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, voiced Princess Poppy, the main character of the animated film Trolls, and co-starred in the action thriller The Accountant. Kendrick's memoir Scrappy Little Nobody was published on November 15, 2016.
Kendrick starred in Table 19, which was released March 3, 2017. She again reprised the role of Beca Mitchell in Pitch Perfect 3, released on December 22, 2017. In September 2018, she starred as Stephanie Smothers in the mystery-thriller film A Simple Favor. Also in September 2018, Kendrick began appearing in a series of advertisements for Hilton Hotels.
In 2019, Kendrick co-starred in the satirical crime comedy The Day Shall Come and played the titular character in the Disney+ Christmas comedy Noelle. Kendrick also voiced a character in the Facebook Watch adult animated comedy series Human Discoveries.
Kendrick reprised her role as Poppy in the 2020 sequel Trolls World Tour. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Universal Pictures released the film via video on-demand platforms as a digital rental on April 10, 2020. She starred in the Quibi comedy series Dummy, for which she also served as executive producer. For her performance, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. Also in 2020, Kendrick starred in the HBO Max romantic comedy anthology series Love Life, for which she additionally served as an executive producer. She appeared next as the lead in Stowaway, a science-fiction thriller which was released on April 22, 2021.
She began dating English filmmaker Edgar Wright in 2009, after they met while filming Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. They split up in March 2013. She began dating English cinematographer Ben Richardson in February 2014, after they met while filming Drinking Buddies. That relationship has since ended.
|2007||Rocket Science||Ginny Ryerson|
|The Marc Pease Experience||Meg Brickman|
|The Twilight Saga: New Moon||Jessica Stanley|
|Up in the Air||Natalie Keener|
|2010||Scott Pilgrim vs. the World||Stacey Pilgrim|
|The Twilight Saga: Eclipse||Jessica Stanley|
|The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1||Jessica Stanley|
|2012||The Company You Keep||Diana|
|End of Watch||Janet Taylor|
|ParaNorman||Courtney Babcock (voice)|
|Pitch Perfect||Beca Mitchell|
|What to Expect When You're Expecting||Rosie Brennan|
|Into the Woods||Cinderella|
|The Last Five Years||Cathy Hiatt|
|Life After Beth||Erica Wexler|
|2015||Digging for Fire||Alicia|
|Mr. Right||Martha McKay|
|Pitch Perfect 2||Beca Mitchell|
|2016||The Accountant||Dana Cummings|
|Get a Job||Jillian Stewart|
|Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates||Alice|
|2017||Pitch Perfect 3||Beca Mitchell|
|Table 19||Eloise McGarry|
|2018||A Simple Favor||Stephanie Smothers|
|2019||The Day Shall Come||Kendra Glack|
|2020||Trolls World Tour||Poppy (voice)|||
|2024||The Dating Game||Cheryl Bradshaw||Director and producer|
|2007||Viva Laughlin||Holly||Episode: "What a Whale Wants"|
|2009||Fear Itself||Shelby Johnson||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"|
|2014||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||Episode: "Anna Kendrick/Pharrell Williams"|
|2015||Lip Sync Battle||Herself||Episode: "Anna Kendrick vs. John Krasinski"|
|2017||Last Week Tonight with John Oliver||Nan Britton||Episode: "Sinclair Broadcast Group" (Segment: "Harding")|
|Trolls Holiday||Poppy (voice)||Television special|
|2019||Human Discoveries||Jane (voice)||Main role; also executive producer|
|2020||Down to Earth with Zac Efron||Herself||Episode: "France"|
|Dummy||Cody Heller||Main role; also executive producer|
|2021–2022||Love Life||Darby Carter||Main role (season 1)|
Guest role (season 2); also executive producer
|2021||Trolls: Holiday in Harmony||Poppy (voice)||Television special|
|2010||"Pow Pow"||Shape Shifter||LCD Soundsystem|
|2012||"Do It Anyway"||Secretary||Ben Folds Five|
|2012||"Starships"||Herself||Mike Tompkins with the cast and fans of Pitch Perfect|
|2013||"Cups (When I'm Gone)"||Kitchen Worker||Herself|
|2017||"Freedom! '90" / "Cups"||Beca Mitchell||The Bellas from Pitch Perfect 3 and the Top 12 contestants of The Voice season 13|||
|2020||"Love On Top"||Cast of Pitch Perfect|||
|1998||High Society||Dinah Lord||St. James Theatre|
|2003||A Little Night Music||Fredrika Armfeldt||New York City Opera|
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|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Cups"||2013||6||44||75||12||26||26||71||Pitch Perfect (Soundtrack)|
Other featured performances
|1999||High Society (Original Cast Recording)||"Throwing A Ball Tonight" (with Lisa Banes, Melissa Errico and John McMartin)|
|"Little One" (with Daniel McDonald)|
|"I Love Paris" (with Melissa Errico)|
|2003||Camp: Music from the Motion Picture||"The Ladies Who Lunch"|
|2009||Up in the Air (Music from the Motion Picture)||"Time After Time"|
|2014||Into the Woods (Motion Picture Soundtrack)||"A Very Nice Prince" (with Emily Blunt)|
|"On the Steps of the Palace"|
|"Your Fault" (with Daniel Huttlestone, James Corden, Lilla Crawford and Meryl Streep)|
|"No One is Alone" (with James Corden, Lilla Crawford and Daniel Huttlestone)|
|2015||The Last Five Years (Motion Picture Soundtrack)||"Still Hurting"|
|"See I'm Smiling"|
|"A Part of That"|
|"A Summer in Ohio"|
|"The Next Ten Minutes" (with Jeremy Jordan)|
|"A Miracle Would Happen / When You Come Home to Me" (with Jeremy Jordan)|
|"I Can Do Better Than That"|
|"Goodbye Until Tomorrow" (with Jeremy Jordan)|
|Pitch Perfect 2 (Motion Picture Soundtrack)||"Winter Wonderland / Here Comes Santa Claus" (with Snoop Dogg)|
|2016||Trolls: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack||"Move Your Feet / D.A.N.C.E. / It's a Sunshine Day" (with Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Ron Funches, Walt Dohrn, Icona Pop and Kunal Nayyar)|
|"Get Back Up Again"||
|"The Sound of Silence"|
|"I'm Coming Out / Mo Money Mo Problems" (with Zooey Deschanel, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Icona Pop and Kunal Nayyar)|
|"True Colours" (with Justin Timberlake)||
|"Can't Stop the Feeling!" (with Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kunal Nayyar)|
|"September" (with Justin Timberlake and Earth, Wind & Fire)|
|2020||Trolls World Tour: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack||"Trolls Wanna Have Good Times" (with Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Ester Dean, Icona Pop, Kenan Thompson and The Pop Trolls)|
|"Just Sing" (with Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Anderson .Paak and Kenan Thompson)|
|"Trolls 2 Many Hits Mashup" (with Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Icona Pop and The Pop Trolls)|
|"Just Sing (Trolls World Tour)" (with Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Kelly Clarkson, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Anderson .Paak, Rachel Bloom, Kenan Thompson, Anthony Ramos, Red Velvet, Icona Pop, Kunal Nayyar and Sam Rockwell)|
- Kendrick, Anna (2016). Scrappy Little Nobody. New York: Touchstone Books. ISBN 978-1-5011-1720-6. OCLC 946903044.
Awards and nominations
Throughout her career, for her work on screen and stage, Kendrick has received several awards and nominations. Among them, she is one of the few actors to have been nominated for an Oscar, Emmy and Tony in acting categories, labeled the "Triple Crown of Acting".
- Tony Award (1998) nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, for High Society
- Academy Award (2009) nomination for Best Supporting Actress, for Up in the Air
- Primetime Emmy Award (2020) nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Series, for Dummy
Achieving the feat at age 34, she is one of the youngest people to do so, and one of few to be nominated for all three awards without winning one.
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