Anna Cooke Kendrick (born August 9, 1985 in Portland, Maine) is an American actor best known for her role as Beca in the Pitch Perfect trilogy (in which she won a Grammy award for the soundtrack). She also was nominated for an Oscar for Up in the Air and played Jessica in the Twilight movies.
A native of Maine, she started her career on Broadway at 12, travelling to New York on Greyhound coaches (with only her 14-year-old brother as chaperone since her parents were too busy to drive her) and eventually got herself a Tony Award nominated role in a stage production of High Society.
With a long background in theater, she is a very capable singer and has been consistently met with praise for her onscreen charisma and acting chops. Also has a very supportive mother who has a habit of aggressively calling distributors in order to get Anna's indie films shown in her hometown - and if she's successful then going with "throngs of friends" to make sure the movie does well.
She wrote her autobigraphical essays that compiled into a book, titled Scrappy Little Nobody. It was published on November 2016.
Her films include:
- Camp - Fritzi Wagner
- Twilight - Jessica Stanley
- Up in the Air - Natalie Keener
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - Stacey Pilgrim
- 50/50 - Katherine McKay
- What to Expect When You're Expecting - Rosie Brennan
- ParaNorman - Courtney Babcock
- End of Watch - Janet
- Pitch Perfect 1, 2 and 3 - Beca Mitchell
- Drinking Buddies - Jill
- Rapture-Palooza - Lindsey Lewis
- The Voices - Lisa
- Cake (2014) - Nina Collins
- The Last Five Years - Cathy Hiatt
- Into the Woods Cinderella
- Mr. Right - Martha
- Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates - Alice
- Trolls - Poppy
- The Accountant - Dana Cummings
- The Hollars - Rebecca
- Table 19 - Eloise
- A Simple Favor - Stephanie Smothers
- The Day Shall Come by Chris Morris - Kendra Glick
- Stow-Away - Sci-fi drama that wrapped mid 2019.
- Noelle - Christmas movie on Disney+.
- Love Life - A slice of life romantic HBO Max mini-series where Anna plays the leading role.
- Dummy - Quibi series.
- Stowaway (2021) - Zoe
Anna Kendrick and her works provide examples of:
- Cast the Expert: Coming from broadway musicals made film roles that involve singing an obvious choice for her. Pitch Perfect, Into the Woods, and Trolls are the big ones.
- Creator Killer: The Accountant did not reach the box office expectations for a major studio film. Warner Brothers appear to have blamed Anna as the reason it didn't pull a bigger audience and this lead to her no longer being offered leading roles in blockbuster films. Since then her output has been indie films written or produced by people in her circle of industry friends and various streaming shows. The biggest role since The Accountant was as the titular Noelle, and Disney pulled it from a theatrical release, showing it on their streaming service instead.
- Endearingly Dorky: Tends to play dorky characters in most of her movies. Her performances in 50/50 and Up in the Air are the prime examples to the point where she eventually manages to defrost the protagonists by her natural charm.
- Nice Girl: Has many times shown her nicer side.
- Older Than They Look: Her characters are frequently this, even Lampshaded several times in her movies.
- In 50/50, She's playing a therapist, and one of her patients compares her to Doogie Howser, M.D..
- In Cake (2014), shes playing a character several years older than her actual age, and after finding this discovery, a main female character in the movie expresses her disbelief, saying that she (Kendricks character) looks younger.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She's tiny, but handles herself surprisingly well in combat without resorting to Waif-Fu.
- In The Accountant, two professional killers enter her apartment, and joke about how they should have brought "the smaller box" to put her in. Then she clocks one guy across the face with a stove grille, retreats to the bathroom and hits him again with the toilet tank lid. Of course if The Accountant hadn't arrived in time she'd have still wound up in that box, but she acquitted herself quite well considering the odds, and definitely avoided being the Damsel.
- In Mr. Right, a professional killer taunts her as the "little turtle" that he can easily crush in order to hurt his opponent. She proceeds to bludgeon him to a pulp.
- Star-Making Role:
- "When I'm Gone" Song: Her massive hit single "Cups", aka "When I'm Gone", featured in the soundtrack to Pitch Perfect.