Anna Cooke Kendrick (born August 9, 1985) is an American actress and singer.
Broadway musical High Society
She began her career as a child actor in theater productions. Her first prominent role was in the 1998 Broadway musical High Society, which earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She made her film debut in the musical comedy Camp (2003).
Pitch Perfect 2
Up in the Air
Kendrick rose to prominence for her supporting role in The Twilight Saga (2008–12), the film franchise based on Stephenie Meyer’s book series. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Up in the Air (2009). She achieved further fame for playing the protagonist in the 2012 musical comedy Pitch Perfect and the 2015 sequel, Pitch Perfect 2.
Toronto International Film Festival
Kendrick has also featured in the comedy-drama 50/50 (2011), the crime-drama End of Watch (2012), the musical-fantasy Into the Woods (2014), and the adult comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016). In 2016, Kendrick published her memoir, Scrappy Little Nobody.
At the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014, Kendrick was featured in two films. She starred opposite Jeremy Jordan in the musical romance The Last Five Years, an adaptation of the off-Broadway musical of the same name. While the film itself received mixed reviews, Kendrick garnered widespread critical acclaim for her performance. She also played a supporting role in the comedy-drama Cake starring Jennifer Aniston. Cake was eventually given a wide release in January 2015, while The Last Five Years received a limited release in February 2015.
Cinderella in Disney’s Into the Woods
Kendrick was next seen playing Cinderella in Disney’s Into the Woods (2014), director Rob Marshall’s film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical of the same name. Kendrick was a part of the large ensemble cast including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, and others. The film became a major commercial success and received mostly positive reviews from critics.
Digging for Fire
Kendrick played a supporting role in Digging for Fire, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and received a limited release in August of that year. In May 2015, she reprised her role of Beca Mitchell in Pitch Perfect 2 (2015). The film, which followed Mitchell in her senior year of college as the co-president of the Barden Bellas, emerged as a major box office blockbuster and surpassed the success of the first film.
Kendrick starred in the action comedy Mr. Right, which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and was released on April 8, 2016. She also starred in The Hollars, a comedy-drama directed by and starring John Krasinski, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and was theatrically released in August 2016. She was then seen opposite Miles Teller in the coming-of-age film Get a Job, which received a limited release in March 2016 after being delayed since 2012.
Also in 2016, Kendrick starred in the commercially successful comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, alongside Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, and Aubrey Plaza, voiced a main character, Poppy, in the animated film Trolls, and co-starred in the action thriller The Accountant, with Ben Affleck.
San Diego Comic-Con International
Kendrick at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International promoting Trolls
Kendrick starred in Table 19, which was released March 3, 2017. She will return to play Beca Mitchell in Pitch Perfect 3, slated for release in 2017.
Kendrick’s memoir Scrappy Little Nobody was published on November 15, 2016.