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  • - I realized that the way that I'm going to try

  • to think about it in the future is actually

  • not so much about ticking boxes of like this kind

  • of movie or this kind of character,

  • because the more that I've been able to work

  • and work with really incredible people,

  • the people that really leave an impression on me

  • are the people who seem happy,

  • people who are working and loving their work and also loving

  • the life that they live.

  • And they've found this balance.

  • I'm Anna Kendrick. And this is the timeline of my career.

  • Excuse me, is there some place we're supposed to check in?

  • - Over there, is this is your first summer?

  • - No, I was here last year.

  • Remember?

  • We were at night, mother together.

  • So camp is the first movie I ever did.

  • Well, I actually got involved in that project

  • because the director was cousins

  • of Randy Graf,

  • who was in the Broadway show that I did

  • when I was 12 years old.

  • So she was like, "If you're looking for a girl

  • "who could play my character in that film,

  • "the creepiest, most of obsessive weirdo of all time,

  • "I've got just the girl for you."

  • The blessing about that film was that it was

  • because it was non union, it was everybody's first film.

  • So it was a lot of anxiety, but we had the blessing

  • of like no cast member knew anything.

  • So you were allowed to ask questions and be an idiot

  • and not feel quite as much shame.

  • And at the time, I mean, you couldn't tell me

  • that these people were not my family

  • and that we were not bonded for life.

  • Like this was the most significant experience

  • I had ever had.

  • And when I left, I was sobbing.

  • It was like a break-up, I cut my hair,

  • I did like all the breakup stuff.

  • I was inconsolable.

  • Like I'm used to it now, but it is a really bizarre,

  • like all consuming

  • experience.

  • And that's why you get these kind of heightened things.

  • Then that's why people fall in love with each other.

  • And that's why Christian Bale yells at his GP.

  • And it's all just part of like what happens.

  • You just go slightly crazy.

  • You're Joe Simmons, my name's Christie.

  • - She's got a great spike, huh?

  • - Yes.

  • I'm Jessica by the way.

  • Hey you're from Arizona, right?

  • - Yeah.

  • - Aren't people from Arizona supposed

  • to be like really tan?

  • I auditioned for Twilight because Katherine Harvick

  • had seen me in a film at Sundance called "Rocket Science"

  • and asking me to come in and audition.

  • And I really thought it was such a blow off audition.

  • I just thought like well I'll you know, do as well

  • as I can so that the casting director like thinks

  • of me for other stuff and I actually saw my friend

  • Mae Whitman at that audition and we were both like,

  • "What are we doing here?"

  • Like we're obviously not going

  • to be this like mean girl character.

  • Yeah I got that job, which was I mean,

  • truly like such a shock.

  • The first movie we filmed in Portland, Oregon,

  • and I just remember being so cold and miserable.

  • And I just remember my converse being completely soaked

  • through and feeling like, you know,

  • this is a really great group of people and I'm sure

  • that we would be friends in a different time,

  • but I want to murder everyone.

  • Although it was also kind of bonding.

  • There was like something about it that was like,

  • you know, like you go through like some trauma event.

  • Like you imagine like people

  • who survive like a hostage situation.

  • And you're kind of bonded for life.

  • The second movie, for whatever reason,

  • like the weather wasn't quite as intense.

  • And that's sort of, I think where we all got

  • to know each other a little bit better.

  • I was shooting "Up In the Air" by the time

  • that we were making that second movie.

  • So they rearranged a lot of scheduling stuff.

  • Cause it would have been a real dick move,

  • but you know, they have legally they had the right

  • to stop me from doing "Up In the Air"

  • so shout out

  • to those guys.

  • [mumbles] anyway, so we're supposed

  • to like draw a parallelogram.

  • Our answers were things like astronaut, president

  • or in my case, a princess.

  • When we were 10, they asked again,

  • we answered rockstar, cowboy

  • or in my case, a gold medalist.

  • But now that we've grown up, they want a serious answer.

  • They all start to blend into one at some point

  • because my whole job was just to go like this family

  • of very pale people who we never see eating.

  • They're really weird, right?

  • Anyway, what did I do in the third movie?

  • Oh, I did the graduation speech in the third movie.

  • That's right and I remember thinking like,

  • "Oh, why did they make my character the valedictorian?"

  • Like she's very obviously not a good student.

  • But you know, they just wanted me to like have something

  • to do because it was a speech so I just like did

  • what was scripted and I swear that scene,

  • people are like,

  • "You know, that speech that you give in

  • "that third movie, it's really sweet.

  • "It's really moving."

  • And I swear to God, I'm like the thing that is happening

  • is you are looking at Kristen Stuart's reaction to

  • that speech and that is the thing that is moving you.

  • Because I was like, "I did all right,"

  • but I was just kinda like I dunno, I'm reading the speech

  • and then it cuts to Kristen, she's so moved

  • because she's so talented that I was like,

  • Oh, people are like, "That speech is so amazing."

  • And I'm like, "No, it's just her and she's great."

  • So I was in the fourth grade and it was

  • just like a wedding scene where again, I'm like,

  • "Hmm, these people are so weird,"

  • and you're in like just half frozen mud in

  • what was the final scene of filming for everybody.

  • You know, it's like I get to come in and you know,

  • work for a week or two.

  • And everybody else has been like giving

  • their blood, sweat and tears to the project for months.

  • I show up at the end and I'm like,

  • "Guys, we did it's over."

  • [laughs softly]

  • [laughs softly] That's so funny.

  • Never want to get married.

  • - Nope.

  • - Never want kids.

  • - Not a chance.

  • - Ever?

  • - Never.

  • Is that so bizarre?

  • - Yes.

  • So "Up In the Air" was, you know,

  • a script I got, it was like this really high profile thing,

  • this amazing part opposite George Clooney.

  • And well I'll go in and I'll do my best and you know,

  • they'll give it to somebody more famous.

  • I remember my agents calling me a couple

  • of days after my audition and being like,

  • "Okay, we're pretty sure that an offer is coming in."

  • And I was like, "You weren't in the room."

  • Cause I was just totally convinced

  • that I'd left no impression and basically spent

  • the first weeks of filming thinking like,

  • I'll just enjoy this and you know, I'll be like the,

  • is it Eric Stoltz in "Back To the Future"

  • where it's like a funny story that like initially

  • they hired somebody else.

  • Clooney was so classy,

  • man.

  • I know that everybody describes him that way,

  • but it's just you know, on my first day he was like,

  • "So do you get nervous?

  • "I get nervous."

  • In retrospect, bullshit.

  • No he doesn't.

  • But it was such a generous thing to say to me

  • and I believed it at the time and I was like,

  • "Oh, we're the same."

  • Which is the whole point, you know, he's so good

  • at disarming people and trying to get them to forget

  • that he's international movie star George Clooney.

  • I just couldn't have asked for a better,

  • I guess like Sherpa, you know,

  • in that situation, to just see like

  • how does somebody handle themselves?

  • You know, everybody's looking to them for the tone,

  • and you know, the kind of manner in which we're all going

  • to treat each other.

  • I was doing one of my first interviews about the movie

  • with Jason Bateman and he made you know,

  • an innocuous comment to me about how I might need

  • to be picking out a nice dress in the spring.

  • It just totally threw me

  • that anybody would genuinely be thinking that.

  • So it felt like a little funny joke,

  • I guess, in retrospect to like of course

  • I wish I could have just accepted that

  • and seen it for what it was,

  • which was just a compliment that anybody

  • would be saying that.

  • I'm kind of glad that I at least had the presence of mind

  • at the time to go, "Anna, you might look back on this time

  • "and get mad at yourself for not enjoying it more.

  • "So I want you to actually take in like how overwhelming

  • "this is and how much pressure there is

  • "and how you have no idea how to navigate it

  • "and that's okay."

  • It kind of lets me at least kind of

  • let my younger self off the hook a little bit.

  • Yes it is.

  • - I just don't see the value in it.

  • - You know what we should really talk about

  • is you have trash on your floor and there's no reason.

  • I mean, you know, at least have a bag in the back

  • to put the trash in.

  • - Adam, your girlfriend cheated on you.

  • We don't have to talk about it, you don't have to.

  • "50/50" was like the first time that I felt

  • like I kind of pulled a little bait and switch

  • on someone because on paper she felt

  • really similar

  • to my character from "Up In the Air"

  • and I knew that that was like, why they hired me.

  • I just wanted to make her like really soft,

  • you know, Natalie and "Up In the Air" it's like trying

  • so hard to be a hard ass.

  • And this wasn't a far cry from that just on the page.

  • I did worry that I would get there

  • and that Jonathan Levine, the director would like tell me

  • to basically play it more like my character

  • from "Up In the Air"

  • And he, I feel like is this weird, like Jedi master

  • where like, it doesn't feel like he's doing a lot.

  • And then every movie he does is like,

  • why does this have this much heart?

  • You know, things like "Warm bodies" or "The long shot"

  • Those movies have no right to make me cry.

  • Yeah, he just really like, didn't shy away

  • from that vulnerability.

  • I just broke up with somebody recently, myself.

  • - You did.

  • - Yeah.

  • [phone ringing]

  • - 17 years old, scandal.

  • - That's not true, who told you?

  • - Wallace, duh.

  • So "Scott Pilgrim vs The World" I just did

  • because I loved Edgar Wright's movies.

  • I loved "Shaun of the dead" and I loved "Hot Fuzz"

  • and he knows this that to this day,

  • "Hot Fuzz" is my second favorite film of all time.

  • "The Women" is the first ever film

  • "Hot Fuzz" is the close second.

  • Often when I read a script like the pace at

  • which I can get through a script is a test

  • of like how exciting the movie is to me.

  • And there are exceptions to that rule

  • and "Scaffolder" was one of those exceptions.