ARTICLE KATE BRANCH
IN JANUARY, V TRAVELED TO PARK CITY, UTAH, TO SEE WHAT THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL FORETOLD FOR 2014. IF THE TALENTS FEATURED IN V89 ARE ANY INDICATION, THE FUTURE OF CINEMA IS SHINING BRIGHT
“For a long time, I felt like I had to act the way an Oscar-nominee was supposed to act,” says the 28-year-old Anna Kendrick of her demeanor when Jason Reitman’s star-studded drama Up in the Air hit in 2009. “In my mind that was somebody who is reserved and diplomatic. It took me a while to realize that it’s okay to have opinions on things.” Now, the public can’t get enough of her. Fresh off films opposite some of the funniest women in comedy today—Aubrey Plaza, in Jeff Baena’s zombie flick Life After Beth, and Lena Dunham and Melanie Lynskey, in Joe Swanberg’s low-fi indie Happy Christmas—as well as a viral faux–Super Bowl ad, in which the Drinking Buddies actress gets pissed off that she was cut from a commercial for a beer she doesn’t drink, Kendrick is riding high on hijinks. And things are only getting brighter for the Portland, Maine-bred actress, who cut her teeth on Broadway, at age 12, in High Society. This Christmas, Kendrick will be seen opposite Meryl Streep in Rob Marshall’s on-screen musical Into the Woods. Though audiences first got a taste of Streep’s musical chops in Mamma Mia!, Kendrick couldn’t help but marvel at the polymath’s skills. “I just couldn’t get my mind around how she could have been sitting on this level of talent for so long and no one really knew about it,” she says, fanning out over the esteemed actress. “At a certain point, I had to tone it down.” Perhaps a testament to her own ascending career, Kendrick has sucessfully developed her own voice. “It took a while to come out of my shell. I am really happy that the more honest I am, the more people respond to that.”
Happy Christmas opens July 25th. Life After Beth opens August 15th.
Makeup, hair, and grooming Desirae Sherman using Giorgio Armani Cosmetics (Tracey Mattingly) Photo assistants Check Wu and John Beecroft Stylist assistants Verena Hafner, Whitney Meyer, Christopher Lee Retouching Gloss