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 28)[1]
Portland, Maine, United States
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1998–present
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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 28)[1]
Portland, Maine, United States
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1998–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).

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]


Kendrick started her career at the age of 10 when she caught a bus from Portland, Maine, to New York City so that she could attend auditions.[5] Kendrick's first 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,[6] making her the third-youngest Tony Award nominee.[7] 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,[8] before making her film debut in the 2003 musical comedy Camp,[6] 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, in which she portrayed 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[6] and she was nominated for an Independent Spirit award for Best Supporting Actress.[9] 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.[10] 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.[5] 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.[6][11] She appeared in the 2009 films Elsewhere, in which she plays her first lead character, a girl whose best friend goes missing,[6] and in director Jason Reitman's Up in the Air, based on Walter Kirn's 2001 novel of the same name.[12] For her role in Up in the Air, the National Board of Review named her Best Supporting Actress,[13] and she also picked up nominations from numerous critics awards, The Golden Globes,[14] The Screen Actors Guild,[15] 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.[16] She appeared in Edgar Wright's adaptation of the graphic novel Scott Pilgrim, titled Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.[17] 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".[18] In October 2010, she attended the 2010 Top Glamour Awards in Mexico where she won for "Best International Actress".[19]

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.[20] 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.

It has been confirmed that Kendrick will star in a film adaptation of The Last Five Years.[21] She will also star in a psychological thriller titled The Voices.[22] On June 21, 2013, it was confirmed that Kendrick will play Cinderella in Rob Marshall's 2014 musical film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.[23] 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. Kendrick made her SNL hosting debut on April 5, 2014 with musical guest Pharrell.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Kendrick dated director Edgar Wright, whom she met during the 2009 production of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,[25][26][27] until early 2013.[28][29]



2003CampFritzi Wagner
2007Rocket ScienceGinny Ryerson
2008TwilightJessica Stanley
2009Marc Pease Experience, TheThe Marc Pease ExperienceMeg Brickman
2009Twilight Saga: New Moon, TheThe Twilight Saga: New MoonJessica Stanley
2009Up in the AirNatalie KeenerNominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
2010Twilight Saga: Eclipse, TheThe Twilight Saga: EclipseJessica Stanley
2010Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldStacey Pilgrim
201150/50Katherine McKay
2011Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1Jessica Stanley
2012What to Expect When You're ExpectingRosie Brennan
2012ParaNormanCourtney BabcockVoice
2012End of WatchJanet
2012Pitch PerfectBeca Mitchell
2012Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2Jessica StanleyCredits only
2012The Company You KeepDiana
2013Drinking BuddiesJill
2013Rapture-PaloozaLindsey Lewis
2014Happy ChristmasJenny
2014The VoicesLisa
2014Life After BethErica Wexler
2014Get a JobJillian StewartIn post-production
2014The Last 5 YearsCathy HiattIn post-production
2014Into the WoodsCinderellaIn post-production
2014CakeNinaIn post-production
2015Pitch Perfect 2Beca MitchellFilming


2003The MayorSadie WinterhalterMovie
2007Viva LaughlinHollyEpisode: "What a Whale Wants"
2009Fear ItselfShelbyEpisode: "The Spirit Box"
2012Family GuyNora (voice)Episode: "Internal Affairs"
2013Comedy Bang! Bang!HerselfEpisode: "Anna Kendrick Wears A Patterned Blouse & Burgundy Pants"
2013So You Think You Can DanceHerself/guest judgeEpisode: "Top 14 Perform"
2014Saturday Night LiveHerself/HostEpisode: "Anna Kendrick/Pharrell Williams"[30]


1998High SocietyDinah LordSt. James Theatre
2003A Little Night MusicFredrika ArmfeldtNew York City Opera

Music videos[edit]

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


2013Anna Kendrick goes K-Pop with f(x)HerselfWith f(x) and Funny Or Die
2014Anna Kendrick: Behind the Scenes of the Mega Huge Game DayHerselfcommercial for Newcastle brown ale
2014The Call(Anna Kendrick Love Her New Desk Job)Herselfshort film by Eric Ogden for FastCompany



List of singles, with selected chart positions
TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
"Cups (Pitch Perfect's When I'm Gone)"20136447512262671Pitch Perfect
"—" denotes singles which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Other recordings[edit]

1999"Throwing A Ball Tonight" with Lisa Banes, Melissa Errico and John McMartinHigh 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 BellasPitch Perfect
"Party in the U.S.A." with The Barden Bellas

Awards and nominations[edit]

1998Theatre World AwardHigh SocietyWon
Tony AwardBest Featured Actress in a MusicalNominated
Drama Desk AwardOutstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
2003Independent Spirit AwardBest Debut PerformanceCamp
2007Best Supporting ActressRocket Science
2008People's Choice AwardFavorite Breakout Movie ActressTwilight
2009Teen Choice AwardBest Scene Stealer FemaleThe Twilight Saga: New Moon
Most Fanatic Fans (shared with cast)Won
Austin Film AwardBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air
Glamour Woman of the Year AwardEditors Special Award
Houston Film Critics Society AwardBest Supporting Actress
MTV Movie AwardBest Breakthrough Performance
National Board of Review AwardBest Supporting Actress
Palm Springs International Film FestivalRising Star Award
North Texas Film Critics Association AwardBest Supporting Actress
Toronto Film Critics Association AwardBest Supporting Actress
Academy AwardBest Supporting ActressNominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists AwardBest Supporting Actress
Best Breakthrough Performance
Boston Society of Film Critics AwardBest Supporting ActressWon (2nd place)
British Academy Film AwardBest Actress in a Supporting RoleNominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardBest Cast
Best Supporting Actress
Central Ohio Film Critics Association AwardBest EnsembleWon (2nd place)
Chicago Film Critics Association AwardBest Supporting ActressNominated
Comedy Film AwardsBest Supporting ActressWon
Best CastNominated
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardBest Supporting ActressWon (2nd place)
Denver Film Critics AwardBest Supporting ActressNominated
Best Acting Ensemble
Detroit Film Critics AwardBest Supporting Actress
Best Breakthrough Performance
Empire AwardBest Newcomer
Golden Globe AwardBest Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
International Online Film Critics' PollBest Ensemble CastWon
Irish Film and Television AwardBest International ActressNominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association AwardBest Supporting ActressWon (2nd place)
National Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActressNominated
New York Film Critics Circle AwardBest Supporting ActressWon
Online Film Critics Society AwardBest Supporting ActressNominated
Satellite AwardBest Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Southeastern Film Critics Association AwardBest Supporting ActressWon (2nd place)
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association AwardBest Supporting ActressNominated
Teen Choice AwardBest Scene Stealer Female
Utah Film Critics Association AwardOutstanding Performance in a Supporting Role
Vancouver Film Critics Circle AwardBest Supporting Actress
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association AwardBest Supporting Actress
Best Breakthrough Performance
Best Ensemble Cast
2010Detroit Film Critics Society AwardBest EnsembleScott Pilgrim vs. the World
2013MTV Movie AwardBest Musical Moment
(shared with Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean and Hana Mae Lee)
Pitch PerfectWon
Teen Choice AwardChoice Movie Actress: ComedyNominated
Choice Movie Liplock (shared with Skylar Astin)Nominated
Choice Single: Female Artist"Cups" from Pitch Perfect SoundtrackNominated
2014VEVOCertified Awards100,000,000 Views"Cups"Won
PopCrush Fan Choice AwardsBest Social Media StarHerselfNominated
World Music AwardsWorld's Best Song"Cups"Pending
World's Best Video
World's Best Female ArtistHerself
The 100 Most Creative People In Business 2014 (FastCompany magazine)Number 8 Most Creative People In Business 2014HerselfWon


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