BATD ON Feb 16, 2010 AT 5:34 pm
Anna Kendrick got an early start into the acting business, driving from her hometown in Maine to New York City starting at age 10. She auditioned for Broadway shows with her eyes set on playing little orphan Annie. Her agent didn’t get her the role of Annie, but instead she got her first role as Dinah in High Society. With the success of the show, Kendrick was nominated for a Tony Award, making her the third youngest nominee ever.
After working on Broadway, Kendrick moved on to independent films. In 2007, she played a fast-talking, high school debater in Rocket Science. In this role, she was praised by critics and was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award’s best actress.
She hit the big screen playing Bella’s human friend Jessica in the Twilight Saga. With a huge following of adoring tweens, it was exciting for her to be involved in something so widely known, but not have to give up her private life, like Robert Pattinson had to. The closest she has ever come to being a crazed fan was when she camped outside overnight for a front-row ticket to The Strokes concert.
Kendrick caught Juno director Jason Reitman’s eye during her performance in Rocket Science, and he began writing a character with her in mind. That character was Natalie Keener in Up in the Air. She plays a new addition to the office that is somewhat in over her head. This is exactly how Kenrick felt the first day on set with George Clooney and Vera Farmiga, both Hollywood veterans. She learned so much from these actors, but still felt comfortable joking around with them. When asked if she ever had a crush on Clooney, she explained that Clooney was more like her older brother, and at one point he even set an age limit on her boyfriends. She loved her character in the film because she was feminine, yet strong, and wasn’t distracted with a romantic storyline. Up until this film, she had only played high school students, and it was a breath of fresh air to be able to play someone her own age.
Next, Kendrick is set to play Michael Cera’s morally conscious sister in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, out this summer. Directed by Edgar Wright, it is rumoured that Kendrick and Wright were romantically involved while filming, although they have taken great pains to keep their relationship under wraps.