Welcome to Adoring Anna Kendrick, your HQ source for everything on the talented American actress Anna Kendrick. Anna is best known for her role as Natalie Keener in Up In The Air and Beca in Pitch Perfect, but you may also recognise her from The Twilight Saga, 50/50 and What To Expect When You're Expecting. At Adoring Anna we aim to keep you up-to-date on all the latest news, info on upcoming projects and photos. Please note, that out of respect for Anna's privacy we are proudly Papparazzi Free, which means we don't post any news or photos that violate Anna's personal privacy. Thank you for visiting and supporting Anna.
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May 17, 2012

Check out Anna’s interview with Chace Crawford about What To Expect When You’re Expecting with Celebuzz:

May 17, 2012

Although she costars in the upcoming What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Anna Kendrick took a firm stance against reading the self-help book that inspired the ensemble comedy. In fact, she still hasn’t read it. “[The book] sounds terrifying,” the actress. “I feel like I’ll never get pregnant if I read the book. I don’t want to read a book about vaginal tearing. That’s not for me.”

Kendrick’s loose, playful attitude has helped define her short, but impressive career. In movies like Rocket Science, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, 50/50 and her Oscar-nominated turn in Up in the Air, Kendrick proved herself capable and comfortable in doing a little bit of everything. What to Expect continues the trend, Kendrick bringing a dash of comedy to an overtly emotional storyline — smack dab in the middle of a broad studio comedy. “The film, as a whole, read pretty light and fun,” says Kendrick. “Then, as we started filming my part, I was like, ‘Oh my God. I have another scene tomorrow that’s a total downer.” Turns out turning on the waterworks isn’t the highlight of the job. “It gives you full-on headaches doing that!”

While most of the characters in What to Expect are welcoming their future babies with open arms, Kendrick’s Rosie finds herself pregnant by accident — and by a father she only has loose connections to. It’s a hot-button issue in today’s society, where debates on birth control and abortion rage in Washington, while shows like Teen Mom hit big in the ratings. Despite the social and political baggage, Kendrick approves of the decision for Rosie to keep her baby. “When it got to me, it was on the page as it is in the movie. And I thought that it was handled really nicely,” she explains. “I was just glad that [the issues were] even on the table and discussed. All these different options, as opposed to just being like, ‘Well, we’re pregnant, so now we’re doing this.’ It would be a lot easier to gloss over the part where they’re going, ‘What the hell are we going to do?’”

The big picture aside, Kendrick couldn’t say enough kind things about her time spent on What to Expect. The actress spends most of her time opposite Chace Crawford — although she did have one memorable (and mostly silent) moment with Jennifer Lopez. “I literally cross screen once with Jennifer Lopez, and it was during a scene that was very, very serious for her. ALTSo it wasn’t like we were joking around between takes. She was getting into character, and I was like, ‘I’m just a girl who’s here to cross screen! And try not to get in your way.’”

Having not had the experience of being pregnant herself (and having not read the What to Expect When You’re Expecting tome), Kendrick did admit she needed a little lesson in what it’s like to actually be carrying a chid. Enter: the on set midwife. “I just tried to listen. [The midwife] just kind of popped in to say something if there was something specific. Like, if you’d be in a little bit more pain at this point, or whatever.” On a set with plenty of women, Kendrick mentions that “everybody has opinions,” for better or worse. “Every woman on set had an opinion on what my breast tenderness would be.”

Finding the right movie role after her brush with the Academy Awards was an unexpected challenge that left Kendrick “in sort of a panic.” After a period of time second guessing herself, the actress eventually found solace. “It was a great feeling to get to a place where I was choosing things based on what I think would be fun and fulfilling. Because that’s how you should be making these kinds of decisions.” The qualifiers made What to Expect the right choice at the right time. “I just felt like I would have a really good time on this and have a good time with the cast. It just seemed like a no-brainer that this would be a really great experience. And it was! I had to cry a lot, but it was a good experience.”

Kendrick isn’t jealous of her Twilight costars who are now commanding big Hollywood blockbusters (“Those movies are all-consuming. I do not envy people who have a franchise on their shoulders.”), but she isn’t settling into a groove either. Her next movie is Pitch Perfect, a comedy that reteams her with WTEWYE actress Elizabeth Banks that’s set in “the extremely dorky world of college a cappella.” That movie will utilize yet another one of her hidden talents: singing. Kendrick broke out on the Broadway stages, and while a return to stage could be in her future, it’s yet another factor in the actress’ complicated decision process. “It’s definitely something that I’m interested in and still want to do. It’s a big decision. It’s like a mini-marriage.” Or having a baby.

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May 16, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – In What To Expect When You’re Expecting, Anna Kendrick plays Rosie, a food-truck chef who gets pregnant by her rival Marco (played by Chace Crawford) as soon as they put business behind them and set for their very first date.

Asked how she was able to relate to the role, Anna drew laughter from the international journalists “grilling” her and Chace at the round-table session.

“How would I know?” she said in jest. “I’ve never been in that situation in real life.”

Neither has she encountered wolves or vampires with which she has been make-believe living as part of the Twilight series, including New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn Part 1.

“I wished I had,” she added.

In the same breath, she described as “out of this world” working with George Clooney in Up In The Air for which she earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination and was honored as Best Actress by The National Board of Review and Best Breakout Star at the MTV Movie Awards.

“I’m a big Clooney fan,” said Anna who had her film debut in Todd Graff’s Camp that made her a darling at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Her performance won her an Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Annual Chlotrudis Awards. Since then, she has never stopped working.

“All I hoped for was that I would have enough work to support myself,” she said, seriously now, “and be able to pay the rent and the bills. Everything else has been an incredible surprise.”

Did the Oscar make her choosy with roles?

“Let’s put it this way: I’m happy to be in a place to do what I enjoy doing.”

Answering the same question about loss of privacy asked of Chace in the same session, Anna said, “It’s weird! Recently, I just bought a house about which I haven’t been talking about but which people found out anyway and, you know, it’s creepy finding all about it in The Net. It’s a weird situation to be in.”

After What To Expect When You’re Expecting, Anna will be seen next in Dylan Kidd’s Get A Job, a comedy opposite Bryan Cranston.

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May 16, 2012

Anna’s upcoming film, The Company You Keep is listed:

Domestic distributors will have a wide variety of choices at Cannes this year, from completed films in competition, to packages that have begun production or are only at the script stage with loose commitments from filmmakers and stars. Most of the buyers I spoke to claim they are in no rush to bid up the joint, but the pace of buying usually depends on several variables.

Will Harvey be buying? Last year, Harvey Weinstein, coming off a Best Picture win for The King’s Speech, reloaded with awards caliber films that included eventual Best Picture winner The Artist, as well as The Iron Lady, Lawless (which is in competition) and the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed The Master. TWC preempted the festival buying the Dustin Hoffman-directed Quartet already. The Weinstein Company comes in with a full slate for 2012, as do distributors like Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics and Focus Features. But all are looking for 2013 product. Some other variables: will CBS Films, which made the big buy of last Toronto with Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, be aggressive here? They certainly took a step in that direction acquiring Ends of the Earth just before the festival began. FilmDistrict is back after restaffing its executive roster after the exits of Bob and Jeanne Berney; will Peter Schlessel’s division be as hungry for product as last year, when it acquired Looper? And how will upstart distributors like Mickey Liddell’s LD Entertainment factor into the mix as that company looks to fill the pipeline? The final variable will be the element of surprise: after unveiling their intention to make Inside Llewyn Davis with no domestic distributor, will Joel and Ethan Coen walk away from Cannes with a deal?

Here are the titles most often mentioned by distributors:

THE COMPANY YOU KEEP–Director, Robert Redford. Cast, Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Sam Elliot, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Susan Sarandon. A political activist underground for 30 years tries to escape capture and goes on the run to save his daughter while reconciling his own past.

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May 16, 2012

I have added HQ and MQ’s of Anna at the Premiere of What To Expect When You’re Expecting in LA along with the After Party.  Jasmine has more coming.

Gallery Links:
- Public Appearances > 2012 > May 14: “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” Premiere In Los Angeles
- Public Appearances > 2012 > May 14: “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” Premiere After Party

May 15, 2012

Check out a couple more What to Expect When You’re Expecting interviews that Anna did with Chace:

May 15, 2012

Check out Anna’s co star, Joe Manganiello talking about Anna’s shoes on the red carpet of What to Expect When You’re Expecting premiere last night:

Joe Manganiello plays a character who makes the dads in “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” rather envious with his athletic physique, but it was no walk in the park to shoot the role for the well-toned actor.

In the movie, Joe has a host of memorable – and mostly shirtless — scenes, which viewers will see when the film opens on May 18, but one of his movie moments involves pull-ups that were shot over and over again.

“It was over 100 [degrees] during those days that I had to do all of the chin-ups,” he told Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson at the film’s Los Angeles premiere on Monday night. “I had to do about 900 chin-ups a day, and it was about 100 degrees.”

He may have had to sweat it out, but there is one thing Joe did not have to do on the set.

“I didn’t have to change any diapers… but I’m sure somebody did,” he laughed referring to the 31 babies used in the filming process.

Joe hit the film premiere showing Shaun his blue alligator shoes and matching belt, but he was impressed with his co-star, Anna Kendrick’s ability to hit the red carpet in sky high heels.

“What do you think of those?” Shaun asked of Anna’s shoes.

“I respect women for what they have to wear, in general. I mean, the high heels? I had to wear a thong in a movie this year. [So] yeah, I have a lot of respect,” he said referencing his role in “Magic Mike,” which opens on June 29.

May 15, 2012

Check out Anna’s interview with Access Hollywood while promoting What To Expect When You’re Expecting where she gets asked about The Twilight Saga Movies:

May 15, 2012

Check out Anna’s interview about What To Expect When You’re Expecting with Moviefone:

Hi! How are you?
[Monotone voice] So good.

Good? Sorry?
Oh, yeah. So good.

“So good”… is that sarcasm? Are you doing tons of interviews?
[Laughs] No, I just say that. I guess I realized that’s my standard greeting when I actually do junkets and I say it to everyone. I go, ‘Oh, I say that a lot.’

Well, let’s talk “What to Expect.” How was it to shoot?
It was really fun, actually. We just got to shoot, mostly nights, in the warm Atlanta weather, on a food truck — sometimes with a little baby bump, sometimes without. [It was] pretty great.

So you actually had a prosthetic baby bump?
I did. Because when I flash it and I’m not that far along yet, I kept saying, ‘Can’t I just like, have a big lunch?’ It’ll be great. It’ll be easier for everybody. And I want to have a big lunch. So everybody wins.

And I assume that didn’t happen?
Yeah, they still made me get the prosthetic, which took like three hours to put on and was incredibly uncomfortable. You know, it’s just like it’s hot and sticky and everybody wants to poke you — all the time.

So you had a little taste of pregnancy, then. Do you have any baby aspirations of your own?
No, no. And everybody keeps asking me, ‘Oh, did making the movie make you want to have babies?’ No, not at all. Like, wearing that prosthetic did not make me want to bring a life into this world.

Well, I imagine you read the book…
I haven’t read the book. That book scares me. It’s going to tell me all the crazy things that are going to happen to me when I have a kid and I don’t even want to know. I like being able to sleep at night.

Is there any book that you’d like to see be made into a movie?
Well, when I was a little bit younger, I read this book called “The Rapture of Canaan” and I thought that would make a cool movie, especially because there’s a teenage girl lead part…if they made it now Hailee Steinfeld would be a great choice. But now I don’t even remember if the book was good. I was just like, ‘Aw, they should make this a movie so I can be in it.”

Your particular role was a more serious story than the others. Was that by choice?
Well, I was going to play Jennifer [Lopez]’s part but I guess she wanted to do that… No, I was just f-cking with you.

Well, in “50/50” you played a serious part, too.
The script as a whole is kind of light and funny so I wasn’t really thinking about how serious my particular storyline was until we were filming and I was like, ‘Ugh, this is another bummer of a scene.’

Yeah. It was super sad. I kept thinking it was like being in a Ben Folds Five video or something.
[Laughs] Oh, my god. Yeah!

Is it weird for you to field all these pregnancy questions?
A little bit, yeah. I kind of knew that it would be coming but I feel like pregnancy and kids, it’s one of those things that once you talk about it, people always [recall that], ‘Oh, you said in 2012 that you are open to having kids’ and that follows you around or something. And it’s one of those weird things where I’m trying to avoid sort of saying anything about it because for me, honestly, I haven’t really thought about it that much.

So you spent a lot of time on the food truck, were you actually working with food?
Yeah, they gave us cooking lessons, I chopped my fingernail off, which was maybe the single most painful experience of my life.

So, this isn’t sarcasm, then? That was real?
No. I chopped my fingernail off, like, half-way up my fingernail. Gone. Like, awful. And you don’t even end up seeing my slicing skills in the movie.

Oh, so there was a sequence where you were like, julienning something?
Yeah. And then they were like, well, actually, if we just shoot it this way, we won’t even see your hand… Yeah, lost a fingernail to the cause but, OK.

That’s awful. Have you ever been hurt on-set before?
Not really, no. I mean, I should have sued them or something, right?

You and Chace Crawford really seemed to get along.
Yeah. Everybody keeps asking us if we knew each other before but, yeah, we just met on set. He’s…obviously an incredibly handsome dude and I just kind of had to get past that little speed bump cause it’s hard for me to look somebody in the face when they’re that attractive.

How does it feel not to be involved in the final ‘Twilight’ movie?
It’s a relief, you know? Because it’s kind of off my shoulders [in terms of] talking about it. Because talking about it I always feel like I say something that gets misconstrued or I offend someone because people are so deeply passionate about that series. So, I’m actually sort of happy to be not talking about it.

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May 15, 2012

Check out Anna in this MTV Movie Awards promo. MTV Movie Awards airs on June 3 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV:

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