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Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick March 22, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Kendrick at the Geffen's Fundraiser in March 2014
Born (1985-08-09) August 9, 1985 (age 30)
Portland, Maine, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1998–present

Anna Kendrick (born August 9, 1985)[1] is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child actor in theater productions. Her first prominent role was in the 1998 Broadway musical High Society, which earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She made her film debut in the musical comedy Camp (2003).

Kendrick rose to prominence for her supporting role in The Twilight Saga (2008-12), the blockbuster film franchise based on Stephenie Meyer’s book series of the same name. She went on to earn critical acclaim for her performance in Up in the Air (2009), including an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Kendrick has since featured in successful films like the comedy-drama 50/50 (2011), the crime drama End of Watch (2012), and the musical fantasy Into the Woods (2014). She has achieved further fame for playing the protagonist in the successful musical comedy Pitch Perfect (2012) and its blockbuster sequel Pitch Perfect 2 (2015).

Early life

Kendrick was born in Portland, Maine, the daughter of Janice (née Cooke), an accountant, and William Kendrick, a history teacher who also works in finance.[2] She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent. Her maternal grandparents were Ronald and Ruth (née Small) Cooke (1918–2011).[3][4] 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 before entering Bates College.[5][6]


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 played a supporting role in the 1998 Broadway musical High Society. Her performance earned her a Theater World Award, as well as nominations for Featured Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards and Tony Awards. She went on to play a supporting role in the 2003 New York City Opera production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical A Little Night Music.

Kendrick made her film debut in the musical comedy Camp. Her performance as the nerdy Fritzi Wagner earned her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance. She went on to play an ambitious high school debater in Rocket Science (2007), for which she earned a subsequent Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female.

2008-11: Twilight, Up in the Air, and breakthrough

Kendrick rose to prominence in 2008 for the fantasy romance Twilight, based on Stephenie Meyer’s novel of the same name, which became a major blockbuster at the box office. Kendrick played Jessica Stanley, the best friend of protagonist Bella Swan. In 2009, she featured in the comedy The Marc Pease Experience, played her first leading role in the crime thriller Elsewhere, and reprised her role of Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

She then starred alongside George Clooney in director Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air (2009). Her performance as an ambitious college graduate was praised by critics, who called her performance "funny and touching"[7] and commented that she "grabs every scene she’s in."[8]. For her performance, she earned nominations for Best Supporting Actress at several awards ceremonies, including the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and BAFTA Awards.

In 2010, Kendrick reprised her role of Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Later that year, she appeared in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, in which she played the sister of the title character. The film did not fare well at the box office, but has emerged as a cult classic over time. In 2011, she next appeared in the critically acclaimed comedy-drama 50/50, playing an inexperienced therapist to a cancer patient played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Later that year, she reprised her role of Jessica Stanley in Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011), her final on-screen appearance in The Twilight Saga.

2012-present: Further success

In 2012, Kendrick featured opposite Chace Crawford as part of the ensemble cast of What to Expect When You're Expecting, loosely based on the pregnancy guide of the same name. She also lent her voice to the stop-motion animated film ParaNorman (2012). She next starred in the commercially successful crime drama End of Watch (2012), playing the love interest of Jake Gyllenhaal’s character. She also appeared in Robert Redford’s political thriller The Company You Keep (2012).

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 the protagonist of the film, leading an ensemble cast also featuring Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, and more. She played a rebellious college freshman who joins an a cappella group 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.”[9]

In 2013, Kendrick featured in the romantic comedy-drama Drinking Buddies, which received mostly positive reviews from critics, as well as the largely panned fantasy comedy Rapture-Palooza.

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 opposite Jeremy Jordan 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 starring Jennifer Aniston. 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 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 including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Chris Pine, Christine Baranski, Johnny Depp, and more. The film became a major commercial success and received mostly positive reviews from critics.

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 (2015), which emerged as a major box office blockbuster and surpassed the success of the original Pitch Perfect.

Kendrick starred in the action comedy Mr. Right, which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and is currently set to release in April 2016. She also starred in The Hollars, a comedy-drama directed by and starring John Krasinski, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Upcoming projects

In 2016, Kendrick will also star in the coming-of-age film Get a Job opposite Miles Teller, the comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates alongside Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, and Aubrey Plaza, and the action thriller The Accountant with Ben Affleck. She has also completed work on Table 19, which is currently awaiting release. She has also confirmed that she will be returning to play Beca Mitchell in Pitch Perfect 3, currently slated to release in 2017.[10]

Personal life

In 2009, Kendrick began a relationship with director Edgar Wright[11] after meeting on the set of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.[12][13] The couple split in early 2013.[14] Kendrick resides in Los Angeles, California.[15]



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 The Last Five Years Cathy Hiatt
2014 Cake Nina
2014 Into the Woods Cinderella
2015 Digging for Fire Alicia
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 Beca Mitchell
2016 Mr. Right Martha
2016 The Hollars Rebecca
2016 Get a Job Jillian Stewart
2016 The Accountant Dana
2016 Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Alice In post-production
2016 Trolls Princess Poppy (voice) In post-production
2016 Table 19 In post-production


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"
2014 Saturday Night Live Herself/host Episode: "Anna Kendrick/Pharrell Williams"[16]
2015 Billy on the Street Herself Episode: "Anna Kendrick's Tinder In Real Life Lightning Round!"

Music videos

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



List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Cups" 2013 6 44 75 12 26 26 71
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum[17]
  • ARIA: Platinum[18]
  • RMNZ: Gold
Pitch Perfect (Soundtrack)
"—" denotes singles which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Soundtrack appearances

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
"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
2013 "Bellas Regionals: The Sign / Eternal Flame / Turn the Beat Around" with The Barden Bellas Pitch Perfect (soundtrack)
"Party in the U.S.A." with The Barden Bellas
"Riff Off: Mickey / Like a Virgin / Hit Me with Your Best Shot, S&M / Let's Talk About Sex / I'll Make Love to You / Feels Like the First Time / No Diggity" with The Barden Bellas
"Pool Mashup: Just the Way You Are / Just a Dream" with The Barden Bellas
"Bellas Finals: Price Tag / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Give Me Everything" with The Barden Bellas
2014 "On the Steps of the Palace" Into the Woods (soundtrack)
"No One Is Alone" with James Corden
"A Very Nice Prince" with Emily Blunt
"Prologue: Into the Woods" with the cast
"Your Fault" with the cast
2015 "Still Hurting" The Last Five Years (soundtrack)
"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
"Climbing Uphill"
"I Can Do Better Than That"
"Goodbye Until Tomorrow" with Jeremy Jordan
"Kennedy Center Performance: We Got the World / Timber / America the Beautiful / Wrecking Ball" with The Barden Bellas Pitch Perfect 2 (soundtrack)
Winter Wonderland / Here Comes Santa Claus with Snoop Dogg
"Riff Off: Thong Song / (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty / Low / Bootylicious / Baby Got Back / Live Like You Were Dying / Before He Cheats / A Thousand Miles / We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together / What's Love Got to Do with It / This Is How We Do It / Doo Wop (That Thing) / Poison / Scenario / Insane in the Brain" with the Das Sound Machine, Tone Hanger, The Barden Bellas, Green Bay Packers and The Treblemakers
"Convention Performance: Promises / Problem" with The Barden Bellas
"Back to Basics: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy / You Can't Hurry Love / Lady Marmalade / MMMBop / My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" with The Barden Bellas
"Cups ("When I'm Gone")" with The Barden Bellas
"World Championship Finale 2: Run the World (Girls) / Where Them Girls At / Lady Marmalade / We Belong / Timber / Flashlight" with The Barden Bellas

See also


  1. ^ Rahman, Ray (August 9, 2013). "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1271). p. 22. 
  2. ^ "Classic-era Hollywood has always been Anna Kendrick's inspiration". The Sydney Morning Herald. October 21, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ Retrieved 11/23/14
  4. ^ Hughes, Jason (September 20, 2011). "Anna Kendrick Talks About an Awkward Compliment, on 'Chelsea Lately' (VIDEO)". Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ Pacheco, Patrick. "Portland Native Anna Kendrick Charms Hollywood". Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Celeb Smarties: Where They Went to School". Seventeen. 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2015-12-14. 
  7. ^ Lumenick, Lou (4 Dec 2009). "Top flight!". New York Post. Retrieved 13 Feb 2016. 
  8. ^ Dargis, Manhola (3 Dec 2009). "Neither Here Nor There". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 Feb 2016. 
  9. ^ Richards, Olly (20 Jun 2012). "Pitch Perfect Review". Empire. Retrieved 13 Feb 2016. 
  10. ^ "Anna Kendrick And Rebel Wilson To Return For 'Pitch Perfect 3'". Huffingtonpost. June 15, 2015. 
  11. ^ Collin, Robbie (November 18, 2011). "Anna Kendrick is coming up for air". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  12. ^ Synnot, Siobhan (August 31, 2010). "Interview: Edgar Wright, film director". The Scotsman. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  13. ^ John, Emma (August 15, 2010). "Edgar Wright: the ultimate fanboy film director". The Guardian (London). Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  14. ^ Nathan, Sara (March 7, 2013). "EXCLUSIVE: Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick 'splits' from longtime love, Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright". Daily Mail. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Anna Kendrick's Beauty Routine, Complete With 'Schmancy-Schmancy' Lip Cream". The New York Times. January 6, 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Pharrell, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick Coming to SNL – Time". Time. 
  17. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - May 21, 2015". Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2013 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. December 31, 2013. 

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