Anna Kendrick is one of America’s sweethearts. With her ever growing fan base, she is considered as one of America’s talented actress. Not only that, she happens to be a musician as well.
Anna Kendrick was born on the 9th Of August in the year 1985. Born in Portland, Maine, Anna was the daughter of Janice, an accountant and William Kendrick, who was a history teacher as well as working in the finance. Anna is of English, Irish and Scottish decent.
Anna was interested in acting from a very early age. She started her acting career at the early age of just 10. Having supporting parents, Anna’s parents would often drive her from Portland to New York just to audition for roles. She got her first significant role in the Broadway musical called High Society back in August 1998. She was just 12 years old when she landed the role of Dinah. Her performance in High Society was so good that she won the Theatre World Award as well as being nominated for a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award.
She finally made her film debut back in 2003 in a musical comedy called Camp. Her performance in Camp won her a nomination at the Independent Spirits Awards for Best Debut Performance for her portrayal of Fritzi Wagner. Her early years as an actress also saw her acting in the film Rocket Science as Ginny Ryerson. The performance in that role saw her achieve applauds from the critics and she was nominated for an Independent Spirit award for Best Supporting Actress.
One of her well known roles as an actress was as the role of Jessica Stanley in Stephenie Meyer’s novel the Twilight. She auditioned for that role in 2008 and got selected to play the role of Jessica. She has since then appeared in the sequels of the Twilight Saga.
As a result of Anna’s theatre singing experience, she was able to land the role in the movie The Marc Pease Experience. She stared in that movie in 2009. She also landed the lead character in the movie “Elsewhere” in 2009 as well as in the movie Up In the Air. Her performance in the latter earned her the Best Supporting Actress from the National Board of Review. Her career has seen her pick up several nominations from critics awards including, The Golden Globes, The Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy Awards.
An interesting event that happened was during the 83rd Academy Awards Ceremony, in 2011. Anna didn’t attend the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony because she said she had been very overwhelmed on the previous year when she was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Up in the Air.
2012 was somewhat a big year for Anna Kendrick. After staring in the movie 50/50 in 2011, she started off 2012 by playing the character of Rosie in the screen adaptation of the baby guide, “What to expect when you are expecting”. She would go on to voice the character Courtney in the stop motion animated film ParaNorman. Later on she would be the star in the movie Pitch Perfect as Becca. 2012 also saw Kendrick appear in the police drama End of Watch, playing Janet, and in the political thriller The Company You Keep. In short, 2012 was quite productive for her.
Anna Kendrick is not only an accomplished actress. She is quite talented in the musical sense too. As a kid, she was fond of music as well. As mentioned earlier, she did take part in a lot of musicals. In 2013 she recorded a hit song with “Cups (When I’m Gone)” from the movie Pitch Perfect. The song was an instant hit with the viewers and soon it was ranking at number 2 on Billboard’s Adult Pop Song chart. Apart from singing, Anna Kendrick has also appeared in a couple of music videos. These include LCD Soundsystem’s “Pow Pow” in 2010. In the video, she was given the role of a shape shifter who would go on to collect the souls of wicked men.
She appeared in “Do It Anyway”, a song by Ben Holds Five in 2012. Apart from these two, she as enacted in her own music video for the song “Cups” in 2013.
Kendrick has also been credited to being in multiple soundtracks over the years. Most of the soundtracks are from the movies in which she acted on. Up until now she has been in the soundtracks of her movies including Camp, Up in the air, Into the woods, The last five years, and also the sequel of Pitch Perfect, which is Pitch Perfect 2.
Anna Kendrick has the unique achievement of appearing in three big screen musicals – Into the Woods (2014), The Last Five Years (2014) and Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) – that are set to be released theatrically within just six months of each other, from December 2014 to May 2015. This is a unique and rare feat, considering the fact that low amount of big screen musicals that are made in Hollywood each year.
She was also ranked #15 in People’s “25 Beauties (and Hotties) at 25” list in 2011.
Anna Kendrick is one of the most talented actress that America has seen in recent times. Her performance in most of her films have always received a positive review. Her singing career is also blooming and we can only expect her to get better with the passage of time.