Anna Kendrick is a popular American Oscar nominated actress, who is known for her roles in several hit movies, including a supporting role in ‘Twilight’. Born in Portland, Maine, she began her acting career as a child in ‘High Society’, a popular Broadway musical. After earning a Theatre World Award for her performance, she then played a supporting role in a New York City opera production of ‘A Little Night Music’, a musical by Stephen Sondheim. Eventually she ventured into movies and gained prominence as a film actress after her role in the romantic fantasy movie ‘Twilight’, where she played the best friend of the main character. She reprised her role in the ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’. She has also appeared a few times on television, in episodes of shows such as ‘Fear Itself!’, and ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ Also a singer, she sang a cover of the popular song ‘Cups’ for the soundtrack of the film ‘Pitch Perfect,’ appearing in its music video as well. The song was a huge hit, peaking at No 6 in the US Billboard 100, and at No 2 in the US Adult Top 40.
Childhood & Early Life
Anna Kendrick was born on 9 August 1985, in Portland, Maine. Her father, William Kendrick, worked as a history teacher, and her mother, Janice, as an accountant. She has an older brother, Michael Cooke Kendrick, who went on to become an actor. She is of mixed English, Irish and Scottish descent.
Anna began her career while she was only twelve years of age. She played a supporting role in ‘High Society’, a popular 1998 Broadway musical. Her brilliant performance earned her a Theatre World Award. She also earned nominations for ‘Featured Actress in a Musical’ at the Drama Desk Awards, as well as at the Tony Awards.
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Anna Kendrick made her film debut in 2003 in the movie ‘Camp’. Written and directed by Todd Graff, the film was a moderate success, and won several award nominations. Kendrick’s performance as a nerdy character named Fritzi Wagner earned her a nomination for the ‘Independent Spirit Award’.
She rose to popularity in 2008 for her role in the well-known romantic fantasy movie ‘Twilight’, where she played Jessica Stanley, the best friend of the main character. The film, which directed by Katherine Hardwicke, was a huge success at the box office.
The following year, she appeared in ‘The Marc Pease Experience’, a comedy film, directed by Todd Louiso. The film, which featured Kendrick in a supporting role of a character named Meg Brickman, wasn’t much of a commercial success.
The same year, she also appeared in the sequel to ‘Twilight’, named ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’, in which she reprised her role as Jessica Stanley. Directed by Chris Weitz, the film was even a bigger commercial success than its prequel. Kendrick’s performance earned her a nomination at the 2010 Empire Awards for ‘Best Newcomer’.
She next played a young businesswoman in the 2009 comedy film ‘Up in the Air’. Her brilliant performance in the film won her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2010, Anna Kendrick appeared in ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’, the third instalment of the series, which was directed by David Slade. The film was a huge commercial success. It also won several awards such as ‘People’s Choice Award’ for Favourite Movie.
In 2010, she appeared in a music video of a popular song ‘Pow Pow’. The video which was directed by David Ayer, starred her as a shape-shifter who collects “souls of wicked men”.
Over the following years, she appeared in several significant films such as ‘50/50’ (2011), ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 1’ (2011), ‘ParaNorman’ (2012), ‘Pitch Perfect’ (2012), and ‘Drinking Buddies’ (2013).
In 2013, her song ‘Cups’, which she had sung for the film ‘Pitch Perfect’, was released as a single. It had gained a huge level of popularity, peaking at No 6 in the US Billboard 100. It also became the official theme song of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.
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She reprised her role in ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ (2015), directed by Elizabeth Banks. The film was a huge commercial success, grossing $287 million. Another sequel was announced as well, which is set to release in December 2017.
In 2016, she appeared in the action-thriller movie ‘The Accountant’ in a main role. Directed by Gavin O’Connor, the movie did quite well commercially. It mostly received mixed reviews.
One of her most recent films was ‘Table 19’, released in March 2017. Directed by Jeffrey Blitz, the film starred her in the lead role. However, it failed to do well commercially. It also received mostly negative reviews.
'Twilight', a 2008 romantic fantasy movie, can be regarded as the first significant work in Anna Kendrick’s career as the film brought her to popularity and prominence. The film, which was based on a popular novel of the same name by Stephanie Meyer, was directed by Catherine Hardwicks. The film followed the relationship between a teenage girl, Bella, and Edward, a vampire. The film released in November 2008, and was a huge hit internationally. It did well commercially, grossing $393 million worldwide.
'Pitch Perfect', a 2012 American musical comedy is another among Anna Kendrick’s significant works. Directed by Jason Moore, the film starred Kendrick in the lead role, along with other well-known actors, such as Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, and Ester Dean. The film, which was loosely based on a non-fiction book of the same name by Mickey Rapkin, was a commercial success and received mostly positive reviews.
One of her most recent films is ‘The Accountant’, a 2016 American action-thriller, which was directed by Gavin O’Connor. The film saw Anna playing a major role, along with actors Ben Affleck, JK Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jon Litheow. The film was a commercial success, grossing a total of $155 million, on a budget of $44 million. It was nominated for two Jupiter awards. Reviews were mostly mixed.
Awards & Achievements
Throughout her career, Anna Kendrick has won several awards and nominations for her brilliant acting skills. Some of them are the ‘Austin Film Critics Association’ Award, ‘Houston Film Critics Society’ Award, and ‘National Board of Review’ award, all three for the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ in 2009 for her role in the movie ‘Up in the Air’.
She won the ‘Teen Choice Award’ for Choice Movie Actress – Comedy for her role in ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ in 2015. She also won Choice Movie - Hissy Fit for the same role.
Anna Kendrick currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She is said to be in a relationship with Ben Richardson.