Anna Cooke Kendrick (born August 9, 1985 in Portland, Maine) is an American actor best known for her role as Beca Mitchell in the Pitch Perfect trilogy. She also played Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga series and earned Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominations for her role as Natalie Keener in Up in the Air.
Kendrick started her career on Broadway at the age of 12, traveling to auditions in New York on Greyhound coaches — with only her 14-year-old brother as a chaperone — since her parents were too busy to drive her, and eventually landing a role in a stage production of High Society, for which she earned a Tony Award nomination.
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 locally.
She wrote her autobigraphical essays that compiled into a book, titled Scrappy Little Nobody. It was published on November 2016. She is in a relationship with Bill Hader, who co-starred with her on Noelle.
Her films include:
- Camp (2003) - Fritzi Wagner
- The Twilight Saga - Jessica Stanley
- Twilight (2008)
- New Moon (2009)
- Eclipse (2010)
- Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)
- Up in the Air (2009) - Natalie Keener
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2011) - Stacey Pilgrim
- 50/50 (2011) - Katherine McKay
- What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012) - Rosie Brennan
- ParaNorman (2012) - Courtney Babcock
- End of Watch (2012) - Janet
- Pitch Perfect (2012) - Beca Mitchell
- Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
- Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
- Drinking Buddies(2013) - Jill
- Rapture-Palooza (2013) - Lindsey Lewis
- The Voices (2014) - Lisa
- Cake (2014) - Nina Collins
- The Last Five Years (2014) - Cathy Hiatt
- Into the Woods (2014) Cinderella
- Mr. Right (2015) - Martha
- Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) - Alice
- Trolls (2016) - Poppy
- Trolls: World Tour (2020)
- The Accountant (2016) - Dana Cummings
- The Hollars (2016) - Rebecca
- Table 19 (2017) - Eloise
- A Simple Favor (2018) - Stephanie Smothers
- The Day Shall Come (2019) by Chris Morris - Kendra Glick
- Noelle (2019) - Noelle Kringle (Christmas movie on Disney+)
- Dummy (2020) - Cody Heller (Quibi series; also served as executive producer)
- Love Life (2021-) - Darby Carter (A slice of life romantic HBO Max mini-series; Kendrick also served as executive producer for Season 2)
- 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: In many of her roles and her Twitter account shows that she's very much one in real life as well.
- Endearingly Dorky: Tends to play dorky characters in most of her movies. Her performances in 50/50 (2011) and Up in the Air are the prime examples to the point where she eventually manages to defrost the protagonists by her natural charm.
- Older Than They Look: Her characters are frequently this, even Lampshaded several times in her movies.
- In 50/50 (2011), 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-Derailing Role: To an extent, after several successful roles such as Twilight The Twilight Saga,Pitch Perfect, and Into the Woods, she had a major role in The Accountant, which (while a box office success) did not reach the box office expectations for a major studio film. While she received some praise for her more dramatic role, Warner Brothers appear to have blamed Anna as the reason it didn't pull a bigger audience and this lead to her being offered less leading roles in blockbuster films. Even so, the success of Trolls a month later was enough to keep her clout, followed by Pitch Perfect 3 and especially A Simple Favor, which also served as a Career Resurrection for its director Paul Feig. Even so, her output has been largely indie films written or produced by people in her circle of industry friends and various streaming shows.
- 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.