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Friday, 4 March 2016

Stuck at home with no power? Don’t worry, Anna Kendrick is just like you

More than 100,000 Mainers are headed into prime turkey-basting hours with no power in their homes, thanks to the winter storm that dumped a mess of sticky, heavy snow on the state overnight.

If there’s any silver lining on an unfortunate circumstance like that, it’s the fact that natural phenomena like snowstorms and disappointing holidays spare no one — no matter how rich or famous. Take heart, Mainers, you are not alone.

Anna Kendrick — the Academy Award-nominated actress from “Up in the Air,” “Twilight” and “Pitch Perfect” — is apparently in Maine for the holiday, and has had her Thanksgiving plans dashed, just like yours.

She posted the photo below on Instagram this morning, with the caption, “No power, no heat, but we’ll eat canned cranberry sauce and be pleased as punch.”

Kendrick tagged the ‘gram with emoji reading “207,” the state’s area code. The actress hails from Portland, so it’s a safe bet that’s where the photo was taken.

Anna Kendrick Discusses Hair Loss Following Twilight Filming

Anna Kendrick, one of the young stars of the Twilight movies, has revealed that pressure of stardom caused her hair to fall out. Appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman, Kendrick revealed that the public pressure of her success manifested in patchy hair loss.

After being nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her role in the film ‘Up In The Air’, Kendrick said the attention had a negative effect on her health. Speaking of her experiences, Anna said, “It was a lot of fun but it was so stressful and I was so terrified, which was weird. I felt like, ungrateful or something. I felt like I shouldn’t be this stressed out. I felt like I was always gonna break out in hives.”

“I managed to suppress that… but journalists would always be saying, ‘Aren’t you having the best time? Isn’t this the best time of your life?’ And logically I knew that it was, but my body was telling me that things were getting crazy and I was, like, losing my hair.”
Stress-related hair loss is not so unusual

Anna’s hair loss experience is not so unusual for women who find themselves under increased pressure or severe emotional stress. In these cases, stress upsets the body’s natural rhythms, causing hair follicles to enter a resting state prematurely. The attached hair then falls out, leading to the development of bald patches. This condition is known as Telogen Effluvium.

In women, common causes of Telogen Effluvium include child birth, diet drugs, birth control pills and severe emotional stress. What is unusual about the condition is that the hair loss typically begins three months after the triggering episode, catching the person involved by surprise.
Good news for Anna and others

The good news is that hair lost as a result of Telogen Effluvium tends to regrow naturally of its own accord – as was the case in Anna Kendrick’s situation. The growth often begins soon after the initial hair loss, although it will take time for a consistent length to be achieved across the whole scalp.

In the event that the hair regrowth is delayed, or the thinning continues, The Belgravia Centre may be able to assist with one of their custom hair loss treatment plans. Following consultation with one of our hair loss experts, clients may be prescribed a course of medication, the use of one of our Hair Growth Boosters, a lifestyle change or even a combination of all three. Each treatment plan is unique to the specific needs of the client and specifically designed to promote hair regrowth.

To find out more about treating Telogen Effluvium or any other hair loss condition, contact us online or give us a call today on 0800 077 6666 to arrange a free appointment with one of our experts. Or, if you can’t make it to London to visit our clinic but still want our advice, complete our online diagnostic form for a remote diagnosis and home use treatment programme. - See more at:

Friday, 30 October 2015

'Pitch Perfect 3' Cast Update: Release Date Set as Anna Kendrick Returns

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 08: Actress Anna Kendrick arrives at the World Premiere of 'Pitch Perfect 2' held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Friday, May 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo : Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

With Anna Kendrick returning to the set, "Pitch Perfect 3" is all set to go. According to a report from, the studio has even set a release date for the very popular film about the Barden Bellas.

In line with the news, Kendrick reportedly said, "I feel lucky to be in close proximity for so long to women who are so different from one another. After filming, you homogenize everybody as this great group of girls; when you're back you get to experience everyone as an individual again, and that's really nice."

The movie's release date set is set for July 21, 2017, according to a post from the film's official Twitter account. The tweet read, "The aca-gods have spoken. #PitchPerfect3 is coming July 21, 2017!" This message included pictures of stars Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.

Kendrick confirmed the return, with an Instagram post reading "Happening#3," with the star holding up her three middle fingers and winking at the selfie, as reported in

According to an exclusive report from the Hollywood Reporter, the screenwriter for the first two films, Kay Cannon, is now in negotiations for the third installment. Another matter for discussion is the return of Elizabeth Banks to direct the new film.

"Pitch Perfect 2" raked in $259.7 million worldwide to date while the first film earned $115.4 million. Unlike Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow has not confirmed her return as well as Hailee Steinfeld.

In the film, Kendrick plays Beca, one of the leaders of the Bellas. According to a report from, Kendrick's other films set to be shown in the near future includes "The Accountant" opposite Ben Affleck, "Mr. Right" opposite Sam Rockwell and the Fox Searchlight-produced film "Table 19."

‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Star Anna Kendrick Jealous of Co-Star Rebel Wilson?

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actors Anna Kendrick (L) and Rebel Wilson pose at the after party for Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Films' 'Pitch Perfect' at Lure on September 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo : Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

"Pitch Perfect 3" stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson may seem to be the best of friends in front of the cameras, but rumor has it that the two actresses are not fans of each other in real life. Is their rumored rift causing tension on the set of "Pitch Perfect?"

"Pitch Perfect" is undoubtedly one of most successful movie franchises, especially after the successful release of its sequel this year. While the movie is all about promoting friendship and camaraderie, the lead stars of the movie, Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are rumored to be in the midst of a rift, Women's Day reported.

What caused the tension between Kendrick and Wilson?

According to the report, Kendrick and Wilson were never fans of each other from the first time they starred on "Pitch Perfect." An insider told the outlet that Wilson and Kendrick's personalities were just on the opposite poles, which is why the two stars never grew fond of each other.

The outlet, however, added that personality differences are not the root cause of the actress' rumored rift. The outlet cited that the 29-year-old star was jealous of the fact that Wilson was gaining more of the fans' attention.

"Anna loves the limelight, and the fact that Rebel gets more attention for being funny really gets to her. She can be pretty rude to Rebel at times," the insider shared.

The insider also expressed hope that the two stars can get past through their differences, especially because a sequel to "Pitch Perfect 2" has been confirmed.

"Pitch Perfect 3" will see the return of Anna Kendrick as Beca and Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy, Time Magazine reported. Other cast members of the franchise have yet to sign up to reprise their respective roles in the movie.

Elizabeth Banks will be producing "PP3" but other details about the upcoming sequel remain unknown.

"Pitch Perfect 3" premieres on July 21, 2017.

Thursday, 10 September 2015


"Oh, I love this guy," Anna Kendrick says, as a bichon frise greets her hand with its tongue. "Hi, pal! You're a good guy!" The 28-year-old actress is sitting on a bench in a Hollywood Hills dog park, where a half-dozen or so of California's chicest hounds are frolicking in a grassy meadow, enjoying a lazy morning on the last day before spring. Off to Kendrick's right, a galumphing golden retriever chases down a slobbery tennis ball. "I want to steal that ­fucking dog," she says.

The pooch-loving Kendrick doesn't own a dog right now; having six movies coming out over the next 18 months puts a bit of a crimp in pet ownership. (The closest she's come recently was a Jack Russell ­terrier that belonged to an ex, but she lost him in the breakup, which seems to bum her out more than the breakup itself.) Occasionally she'll get lucky and dog-sit for friends, but today she's here to get her fix ­vicariously: "Just creeping," she says. Before long, a yappy-looking mutt scampers over to the bench, lifts his leg, and, before Kendrick can stop him, marks his territory all over her Kate Spade purse. "No!" she says, shooing him away. "Cheeky!" It's hard to imagine Angelina Jolie or Gwyneth Paltrow ever "just creeping," much less letting their bags be despoiled by an overfriendly Chihuahua. But ­Kendrick—who broke out in 2008'sTwilight, did an Oscar-nominated turn opposite George Clooney in Up in the Air, and rose to genuine stardom with 2012's Pitch Perfect—is part of a new breed of actresses who somehow manage to seem eminently approachable while also remaining heroes to their legions of fans. (See also: Jennifer Lawrence, Lena Dunham, and, to some extent, Emma Stone.) Kendrick's reach is particularly vast: She counts 1.3 million followers on Instagram and 2.2 million on Twitter, all of whom tune in to hear her say whatever's on her mind, the more inappropriate the better. Her hit single, "Cups (When I'm Gone)," from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack, shot to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to 120 million viral-video ­watchers. An increasing number of brands want to tap into her four-quadrant appeal to help push their products; and—oh, right—she'll appear in three films this year, including Disney's take on the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods, in which she stars as Cinderella alongside Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep.

And yet, Kendrick says, "Not only is strategy not my strong suit, it doesn't even enter into my thought process." She doesn't have a business manager or even an assistant; recently, when she went to buy a new, used Prius—which she only assented to after her 2002 Prius died on her—she brought along her BFF Aubrey Plaza, of NBC's Parks and Recreation and the forthcoming zombie rom-com Life After Beth, which Kendrick has a cameo in.

"I'm a terrible negotiator," Kendrick says. "The guy was doing all the cliché car-salesman things, playing hardball and going to talk to his manager, and all I could say was, 'Why are you being so mean? Stop it!' " Fortunately, Plaza—who's known for her biting sarcasm and droll demeanor (says Kendrick: "I envy her. I think people would be thrilled to pieces if she threw a drink in their face")—came prepared to live up to her rep. Their good cop/bad cop routine worked, and after a bit of back-and-forth, Kendrick drove off the lot at Toyota of Glendale with a preowned Prius for exactly what she wanted to pay. "We did it," she says with a grin.

Each of the actresses in Kendrick's loose cohort has forged a connection with her fans in her own distinct way. Lawrence does it by charming talk-show audiences with embarrassing anecdotes and navigating awards-show red carpets like they're filled with marbles wrapped in banana peels. Dunham does it with her brilliantly honest HBO show, Girls, and her liberty with her body. And Kendrick does it via the Internet.

"­Sometimes when I try to make jokes or have a sense of humor in interviews, it doesn't go over very well," she says. "But Twitter made my life easier in this way that I didn't expect. It would have taken probably 10 times as long for people to accept my voice and my sense of ­humor if I didn't have Twitter."

The evolution of Kendrick's Twitter feed is a study in how the medium itself has evolved. When she started using the platform in July of 2009, she tweeted mainly about TV appearances, impostor accounts, and requests for tech help. (Even Kendrick seemed to recognize the problem: "Tweets thus far are RIVETING, no?") But in December 2011 she took a six-month ­hiatus, and then, like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis, unveiled her current Twitter voice fully formed: self-effacing, bawdy, whip-smart, and occasionally drunk. Herewith, a few of our favorites:

She basically treats the medium as a stand-up comic might, with a dozen or so drafts-in-progress on her phone at any given time. ("They're mostly jokes that made sense at 2 a.m.," she says.)

Kendrick says she spent her first year and a half on Twitter scared she might offend someone. She used to text friends to ask, "Is this joke okay?" or wait half an hour before posting to make sure it couldn't be taken the wrong way. "I can think of so many things I didn't tweet because they seemed so scandalous," she says. "Like, one time I dropped off some laundry and the dude was kind of flirting with me, and I was going to tweet something like, 'You can either flirt with me or wash my ­underwear, but you can't do both.' And my friend was like, 'You can't tweet that, that's way too scandalous!' "

Cut to two years later, when Kendrick is writing things like this: "Ugh—NEVER going to a Ryan Gosling movie in a theater again. Apparently masturbating in the back row is still considered 'inappropriate.' "

If you scroll back through Kendrick's online history, a few themes emerge. Dogs. Baked goods. Jet lag and/or hangovers. Sweats, Snuggies, and other comfy clothes.Game of Thrones. She also has a few social media rules she thinks everyone should abide by, about which she is surprisingly passionate. Two Instagram photos a day, max. ("I've got a really itchy unfollow button.") Links, @ and # signs, and quotation marks should be avoided. ("It looks like I'm reading fuckin' code.") Melancholy is okay on Instagram, but not on Twitter. ("Just say something funny.") And above all, never, ever overpromote. "That's one of the things that annoys me most," says Kendrick. "When my entire time line gets filled up with actors being like, 'Check out my short!' or 'I'm on Craig Ferguson!' It's just bad business."

Because of her large, passionate following, Kendrick says, she's been approached by several companies that want to pay her to tweet about their products. "But the reason I have a large following is because I use it wisely," she says. "If I'm doing something with a company and part of the deal is 10 tweets, I'm like, 'Are you out of your mind? That does not help you or me.' I may have had 30,000 retweets on the Ryan Gosling thing, but that doesn't mean you're gonna get 30,000 retweets. You're gonna get maybe 37." If there's something about the concept of a personal brand that Kendrick still finds a little . . . uncool, she's also too smart to pretend it's not important. "I know the idea of a brand is something that I'm supposed to not care about," she says. "But I do think it's a part of my life, and I'm trying to just be in control of it, as opposed to ignoring it."

"When I first moved to L.A.," Kendrick says, "and people were doing all these things that I wasn't able to do yet, it was easier for me to deal with my envy when people were genuinely enthusiastic. When people acted like it was no big deal I was like, 'Fuck you.' So with stuff like meeting Beyoncé, I think people thought it was cool because I was honest about how excited I was."Which prompts the question: What is the Anna Kendrick brand? In a nutshell, she's the girl who gets to do lots of glamorous stuff, but is supremely stoked about it. Her three most popular Instagram posts provide a nice case study: One is a photo of her scarfing down In-N-Out atVanity Fair's Oscar party in March, another is of her freaking out while meeting Beyoncé at the Grammys, and the third is of a solid-gold macaroni pendant that Kraft sent her for being a vocal mac-and-cheese fan. What all three have in common: a (ahem) pitch-perfect mix of outsider awkwardness and insider cool. She's the girl at the party other girls wish they could be—and more important, the girl they think they could be.

An important side note here: Although Kendrick also tweets about nerd bait like Lord of the Rings and astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson—and hangs out on ­Reddit dropping film-geek knowledge under a pseu­donymous screen name—she's not the type to proclaim herself a nerd. "Some girls have cultivated this image for themselves like, 'Oh, I'm a gamer,' " she says. "I hate that. These days it feels like saying you're a nerd is just another version of wearing a push-up bra." She shakes her head. "I would have played Magic: The Gathering with my brother if I'd known it would have given me so much sex cred later on."

Kendrick grew up in Portland, Maine, with a banker dad and an accountant mom. "They're both very ­businessy, which makes it funny that I'm not," she says. "That's the technical term, right? Businessy?" At 6, she appeared in a community-theater production of Annie, and by 10 she was driving to New York with her parents to audition for Broadway. She was nominated for a Tony at 12, and by 17 had moved to L.A. by herself to shoot a pilot called Kid Mayor (she played the mayor's snarky sister). "It was so apparent that it was terrible—after the first episode, they were like, 'You can all go home,' " Kendrick says. "But then, I was just here."

Kendrick spent the next few years auditioning for basically every show on TV: "All theCSIs, all the Law & Orders, definitely House, Psych, I'm sure Rules of Engagement,Bones for sure. The best-case scenario was that I would get on a procedural where I could occasionally be funny and not just do soul-crushing shots of me looking through a microscope," she says. "Basically be the wisecracking so-and-so on whatever version of CSI they did next." But the plan changed in 2009, when she more than held her own against George Clooney in Up in the Air and soon found herself on casting agents' shortlists all over town.

According to Peter Cramer, copresident of production for Universal Pictures, producers auditioned "hundreds" of actors before casting Kendrick in Pitch ­Perfect—a romantic comedy set in the world of competitive a cappella. "We wanted someone who could handle the comedic stuff, to make sure we separated ourselves fromGlee," Cramer says. "Anna had some cachet, she'd been in a lot of great movies already, and she signaled that this wasn't going to be another piece of fluff. The movie had a little edge, and I think that had a lot to do with Anna and the credibility that she brought."

Pitch Perfect went on to gross $113 million worldwide—an eye-popping sum considering its $17 million budget. "It far exceeded what we were ­hoping for," says ­Cramer. Mostly this was due to the young-woman demographic; on opening weekend, according to Box Office Mojo, 81% of the audience was female and 55% under age 25. In February, Universal announced that Kendrick and costar Rebel Wilson were both on board for Pitch Perfect 2, due in May 2015.

But there was another surprise. Kendrick's smash single "Cups (When I'm Gone)," which started as a one-minute snippet in the film, turned into a bona fide pop-radio smash. Kendrick's recording went on to sell 3 million copies, making it, according to Billboard, the 21st-biggest single of the year—beating out songs by Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Jay Z. The song and accompanying video were boosted by the Cup Game, a patty-cake-style routine performed with an empty cup that's been a summer-camp favorite for years, and which Kendrick's performance helped go newly viral, inspiring thousands of fans to upload their own versions—and no doubt practice endlessly to their parents' regret. ("The phrase 'It was cute at first' has been said a lot," Ken­drick says with a grin.)

The song's success came slowly and organically, too late to help the movie while it was still in theaters, but just in time to boost home viewing. "The DVD performed like a movie that did twice as well in theaters," says Cramer. Nevertheless, Kendrick says she has no plans to pursue a recording career: "I'm just going to quit while I'm ahead." (Although, with a Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack on the way, don't count on it.) But she does enjoy seeing the looks on kids' faces when they approach her about the Cup Game. "They tell me they can do it—and then desperately look around. Because there's never a cup around. I'm like, 'I believe you, girl!' "

After a male admirer starts to get a little too close at the dog park, Kendrick makes her way to a quiet café down the hill, where she orders a butternut squash salad and a glass of kombucha. "And now I have to do something quite embarrassing, which is take out my retainer," she says. She slips out her Invisalign and clicks it into a plastic case. "Supergross."

It's this kind of down-to-earth, pretension-free charm that has endeared Kendrick to Madison Avenue—a budding relationship she's eager to pursue as well. "Lately I've really been trying to get into business with brands I like," she says. "That's the only time when ­having a business hat on is really fun for me. It doesn't feel like I'm buying a car and I just want it to be over. It feels like playing Miranda in The Devil Wears Prada—being a mover and a shaker and a little badass."

Kendrick's first big campaign was an ad for Newcastle beer. Since winning the Newcastle account in 2012, ad agency Droga5 has created a series of meta-ads that poke fun at beer marketing, ­artisanal chic, and Newcastle itself. (Example: "From the country that brought you British food comes a delicious beer to wash away the taste of British food.") "Newcastle is kind of stuck between two categories, with the big megabreweries on one side and the craft beers on the other, so our ­strategy for standing out is to be the honest, no-bullshit beer," says Ted Royer, Droga5's ­chief creative officer. With Kendrick, the company shot an online video, to be unveiled during Super Bowl week. Its conceit was that the brewer had booked Ken­drick for a Super Bowl ad, only to back out when they didn't want to spend the money.

"We knew we wanted to have a sexy female lead, because that's what beer marketing goes for, but we also wanted someone funny enough to acknowledge that she was being used for her sexiness," Royer says. "Not only is Anna hot and very savvy and smart about her image, she also has fun with it."

"I didn't know what she was going to pooh-pooh and what she was going to be game for," says director Randy Krallman. "But she was a total champ. She went full-bore—harder than what's in the final edit. And she was so good that she literally didn't flub a line, ever."

Since then, says Kendrick, she's been trying to be more proactive about pursuing partnerships with brands she favors. "It's really fun to be like, 'Why are we not in business together? Let's do this,' " she says. One of these partnerships is an as-yet-unnamed clothing company she's been in discussions with. "I found myself in the middle of their store in New York, talking about their stuff as though I was in a commercial," Kendrick says. "Like, 'When did their accessories get so cute?' " She laughs. "And I was like, 'Whoa, lightbulb. This makes sense to me. I can do this.' "In the run-up to the Super Bowl, the commercial was watched online more than 4 million times. "We don't have the sales figures yet," says Royer, "but brand conversation on social media went up 400%." With more than 600 organic media mentions, the ad also dominated the Super Bowl commercial conversation, even at the expense of actual Super Bowl commercials. "We made so many Top 10 lists, and we didn't even buy an ad," says Royer.

She's also smart enough about herself to know what kind of ads she can't do. "I had one offer for, like, an operating system, which, I have no idea. Honestly, when things like that happen, I have to remember that sometimes there's no focus group and no research being done, and it might be as simple as somebody at that company has a daughter who's obsessed with Pitch Perfect." Similarly, she says, "If I'm talking to some sexy fashion house, and they're like, 'We're going for an elegant thing,' it's so easy for me to be like, 'Well, then, Madame, I am not your woman!' Because elegance is not a thing that I aspire to."

And then, of course, there is her day job. Despite occasional forays into popcorn fare (see: the Twilight movies), Kendrick has been remarkably adept at doing only the kind of movies she wants to do. Forget the old adage of "one for them, one for me"; Kendrick's ratio seems closer to "one for them, eight for me." For the upcomingHappy Christmas, in which she costars with Lena Dunham, Kendrick earned $2,000 for a month of work. For last year's Drinking Buddies, she worked for scale. Success has given her the financial leeway to take smaller jobs—but she's also been smart about choosing roles that set her up to be in demand. "The money has always followed the work for me, as opposed to the other way around," she says, "which I feel superlucky about. I never want to be in a position where I have to do a movie I hate to pay the mortgage. Because that's a much, much bigger bummer to me than doing something with a brand."

Of course, playing Cinderella in a big-­budget Disney musical, as she'll do this December with Into the Woods, is about as far from working for scale as you can get. But lest you think about floating a comparison between her and Cinderella in real life—the ordinary girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances—think twice. "Oh, boy," she says, rolling her eyes before I can even finish the question. "Oh, brother!"

"Okay, here's the thing, since I've now had to explore that character," Kendrick says. "The actual story, the Brothers Grimm story, is of a girl who is beaten and abused by her family who is supposed to love her... and then gets a shot to maybe meet a dude. So, for me, that's not really the same as just being a normal person. I would say the closest I ever come to feeling like Cinderella is when I'm at an awards show, and people compliment my dress or jewelry. I'm like, 'None of this is mine,' " she laughs. " 'It all goes back in the morning.' "

Anna Kendrick interview: Twilight star on turning 30

The star of ‘Up in the Air’, ‘Into the Woods’ and ‘Camp’ says she’s at her happiest baking a tart for friends

Anna Kendrick is as zesty and funny in person as she is on Twitter. She had America and much of the rest of the waking world in stitches throughout the Super Bowl final with her acerbic text commentary. In interviews she is prone to say outlandish things before adding, “I just made that up”. She also excels at singing, and has been using her voice rather a lot lately. She starred in Pitch Perfect, about a group of college misfits who share a gift for belting out songs.

The sequel, directed by Elizabeth Banks, is out this summer, and was advertised during the Super Bowl at half-time. She has also appeared in two big-screen musical adaptations. The first saw her play Cinderella in Disney’s take on Into the Woods. Then there’s The Last Five Years, based on the musical play by Jason Robert Brown that premiered in Chicago in 2001, before moving to Off-Broadway a year later.

“I never want to sing again. It’s a fool’s errand,” she quips. “After doing The Last Five Years in particular I was calling every musician friend that I have: why would you do this to yourself? This is so much work. You have to treat your body like a temple all the time. I could do it for a month but sometimes I want to have fast food and a beer. I don’t care for physical activity”, she adds. “I’m not sporty. I’m not very coordinated.” That her voice is a bit croaky when we meet in Toronto is down not to the series of interviews she has been conducting, she says, but because she drunk a glass of vodka the night before. On The Last Five Years, which was shot in just one month, she performed for 14 hours a day, week in, week out. They made Kendrick audition both as an actress for director Richard LaGravenese and as a singer for the Broadway songwriter Jason Robert Brown.

“I figured at some point they would want to make sure that I could sing it, so I had to go to Jason’s house and sing two songs for him from the show. That was a completely terrifying experience. He is a difficult man to read. So the most enthusiastic response that I got was that ‘we are in good shape’.

Making the 29-year-old prove she could sing is a bit excessive given that the Portland-born star appeared on Broadway playing Dinah in High Society when she was just 12, a turn for which she garnered a Tony nomination. Her first movie was the 2003 musical comedy Camp, which has a plot that is remarkably similar to Pitch Perfect. Yet it was in dramatic roles that she made her big international breakthrough. She played Bella’s catty classmate Jessica Stanley in the Twilight films and, when she stepped into adult fare, she won an Oscar nomination for her role as a management consultant in Up in the Air.

It was while Kendrick was promoting that film alongside George Clooney that I first interviewed her. At the time she came across as determined and precocious. This time she is fun and laid back. It seems that the Oscar nomination and establishing herself as a Hollywood star have allowed Kendrick to relax and become more confident about expressing her humorous side. She no longer needs to make an impression.

Anna Kendrick attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Her character, Cathy, in The Last Five Years is a struggling actress, a description that has never seemed to apply to Kendrick, but, she argues: “I spent long periods of my life doing exactly what Cathy does. Even now because my job is competitive, there is always some doubt and anxiety, so it wasn’t hard to tap into that.”

She likes to bake because, she says, she can create something tangible and does not have to worry about critical reception: “No matter how good anything is in the movie industry, some people are going to like it and some people are going to hate it. If I bake a tart, people are just going to be happy that I bothered. It’s simple and nice.”

She met her cinematographer boyfriend, Ben Richards, on the set of a film called Drinking Buddies, and they seem to share a dark sense of humour. Behind the jovial responses and funny anecdotes, Kendrick is less inclined to show a serious side. The only time she has stopped in her tracks on the three occasions that I’ve interviewed her was in the run up to the 2012 US Presidential election, when I asked her who she was going to vote for. “I never really want to go into politics too much,” she responded. “It’s always tricky.”

Having been struck by the intelligence and wit that shines through in her general conversation, I noted that she seems to be someone who, at a dinner party, would bang on about politics or the issues that have upset her. So it’s odd that she’s so quiet now.

“Right, but we are not at a dinner party,” she responded, drawing a line under the subject.

The failure to be completely serious can also be seen on screen in the more “dramatic” roles she has undertaken, which both contain elements of fantasy or the surreal. She plays Jennifer Aniston’s deceased daughter who returns as an apparition inCake. In Marjane Satrapi’s comedy The Voices, she plays an accountant who is wooed by a schizophrenic toilet-manufacturer played by Ryan Reynolds. The zany comedy also features a talking cat and dog.

This year will see the actress hit a landmark birthday in August: “I’m totally looking forward to it. When I turned 29, I thought: ‘Why can’t I just be 30, two years in a row?’ I guess I always assumed that I’d have some sort of crisis because everyone says that is what happens, but I feel good about it and I enjoy being grown up, or trying anyway.”

Anna Kendrick: 'It's all about that fatal flaw'

Kendrick's career has been defined by a string of strong and unorthodox characters. Photograph: Marc Royce/ Marc Royce/Corbis Outline

It's a shock to find Anna Kendrick curled up in a bathrobe when I enter her hotel suite. On closer inspection, though, the 26-year-old turns out to be beneath the robe, rather than inside it. "I do have clothes on under here," she squeaks. "It's just so cold." She is perky, with subtly Manga-esque features – wide-open eyes and a tiny, expressive mouth – but she hasn't had the most relaxing morning. Whisked to Salford at bleary o'clock to appear on breakfast TV, she got stuck in traffic on the way back to London and hasn't eaten all day, hence the pizza that she begins nibbling on while we talk.

Not that Kendrick would bemoan her lot. "I'm the person who wouldn't send back my food even if I got steak when I'd ordered fish," she sighs. This could be why she is often drawn to the tenacious or hyper-confident characters in her work – the "bad asses," as she puts it. Through them she can live out fantasies of assertiveness. "It's sort of a wish-fulfilment thing, to have those moments where you can yell at people, or say 'Fuck you!' to an ex-boyfriend."

Think of her as a censorious busybody in Scott Pilgrim vs the World, or the ruthlessly ambitious debate-team captain in Rocket Science, or the corporate axe-wielder opposite George Clooney in Up in the Air, a performance which brought her nominations from every awards body from the Oscars down. She is a crisp dramatic actor with a facility for screwball, as well as a knack, best exhibited in last year's "cancer comedy" 50/50, for being adorable without lapsing into kookiness.

She has reached her largest audience in the Twilight films, where she provides zesty and necessary comic relief. But her career trademark has become that moment when her characters undergo a revelatory or disorienting change – let's call it the Kendrick kink. "Are we coining that term?" she asks. "I'm nervous about this." It's visible in much of her work, right from her first film, Camp, a proto-Glee musical in which she plays a mousey introvert who poisons another cast member before announcing: "She's fucked, I'm ready and the goddamn show must go on!" The US critic Roger Ebert captured her appeal when he said: "Kendrick can make you like her even when you shouldn't."

She resists taking too much credit. "I guess the Kendrick kink is actually a character's fatal flaw. It's really all about being very well written." Still, it is she who says "yes" to these unconventional roles when there are other, more homogenous parts she could presumably take instead. "Sure. Especially recently. God, yeah." She gives a roll of the eyes and an audible "ugh".

honest opinion of What to Expect. "What did I think? I actually liked it." The telling word here is "actually," which seems to acknowledge the incongruity of her involvement. "I was pleasantly surprised that the script was willing to deal with slightly darker emotions that come up." Although, as I point out, there is one subject that isn't broached: abortion. "Even though it isn't mentioned, I felt like it was behind that conversation the characters have – 'What do you wanna do?' 'I dunno, what do you wanna do?' Each of them is scared to bring it up." Not unlike the movie itself.

Kendrick was raised in Portland, Maine, the sort of place, she claims, where "people were literally walking around saying: 'I'm gonna get out of this town one day!'" As a child, she was distinguished by seriousness and integrity. She preferred hanging around with older people and developed an early interest in acting, persuading her parents to drive her to auditions hundreds of miles away. At one casting call for a shampoo commercial, she began to understand how different she was from her fellow pre-pubescents.

"There was a roomful of kids and they taught us this jingle which we all had to sing. I remember looking around: everyone seemed so thrilled to be singing it. Then the casting director stopped us and said, 'Anna, can you smile more please? You don't seem like you're very happy.' I wasn't so good at doing that cheesy little kid thing. At least now when I go on David Letterman, they don't have some embarrassing clip of me singing a shampoo jingle."

Her unease may come from a dislike of being singled out. At school, the other children called her "Broadway" when they saw her in the halls. It can't have helped that the local press went cock-a-hoop over her; one magazine included her in its list of the 10 Most Intriguing People in Maine when she was barely in her teens. She hoots at the memory of this. "Oh, I was very intriguing as a 13-year-old. You have no idea. I was an old soul. Did I mention that?" These days she finds it baffling when the press in her hometown want to talk to her. "They ask the same questions I've been asked 3,000 times. 'What's George Clooney like?' 'What's it like being in Twilight?' Maybe I was more intriguing when I was a kid."Musical theatre was a more natural home for her, and she found success on Broadway playing Dinah in High Society: at 12 years old, she became the third-youngest performer ever nominated for a Tony award. Todd Graff, who directed Camp, has described her as "an old soul". "I suppose it's a compliment so I should take it at face value," she says, with the rattled air of someone who intends to do no such thing. "I just never know what people mean when they say that." Wise beyond your years? "Well, there you go," she laughs. "I'd feel weird saying, 'Oh, I guess Todd means I'm wise beyond my years and I'm pretty damn great!'"

I doubt she's changed much. She certainly didn't have her head turned when she decamped to Los Angeles in her late teens to pursue her career. "Humility was an important part of the way I grew up. And I found that to be less common when I moved to California. That's not to say humble people don't exist there, but ambition seems really important. I heard people saying they were going to become millionaires by the time they were 25 – that's gross and obnoxious, but in California it's looked on as an asset." Socialising brought its own pressures. "You start to think it's important to go to nightclubs. It's urgent, almost, that you do it, because there's magic inside! Then you get in and there isn't. But you don't learn your lesson. I found it all so weird. You know, someone would tell the door guy that I was Ashley Olsen's best friend, just so we could get into some club I didn't want to go to anyway."

Her revulsion at superficiality in general, and celebrity culture in particular, is comprehensive. She has witnessed the effect fame has had on her Twilight co-stars ("Sure, they're wealthy, but they're basically in a prison"). And she has experienced the shock of seeing paparazzi photographs of herself and her partner, the British film-maker Edgar Wright (who directed her in Scott Pilgrim), taken without their knowledge: "I started crying immediately. It was like someone emailing a picture of you sleeping. It felt scary and dangerous. It still does. I try to ignore it."

Fortunately, there is one small upside to fame. "People send you stuff if you say you're interested in something," she says. "I have a tonne of body lotion. So I could mention I was interested in, you know, surfing, and some company would send me a surfboard." Forget surfboards. Let's put the word out that she is into intelligent, unorthodox screenplays. Yes, that's it. Someone send Anna Kendrick some decent scripts pronto.

• What to Expect When You're Expecting is on general release.
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