Anna Kendrick

Actor

Birthday:

09.08.1985

Anna Kendrick (born August 9, 1985) is an American film and stage actress known for the roles of Natalie Keener in the 2009 film Up in the Air, and Jessica Stanley in the Twilight Saga film series. Her other work includes the films Camp and Rocket Science and the Broadway musical High Society. Kendrick is a Tony Award, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit and Academy Award nominee.

Career

Kendrick "caught the [acting] bug" at the age of 10, when her parents would let her and her brother catch a bus from Portland, Maine, to New York City so that she could attend auditions. Her first appearance was the role of Dinah in the Broadway musical High Society in August 1998, at age 12, which earned her Theatre World Award, Drama Desk Award, and Tony Award nominations, the latter of which made her the third-youngest nominee ever after 10-year-old Frankie Michaels and 11-year-old Daisy Eagan, who both went on to win.

Afterward, she was featured in a number of other theater productions, including the musical A Little Night Music, before making her film debut in the 2003 musical comedy Camp, for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Chlotrudis Award and Best Debut Performance Independent Spirit Award for her portrayal of the character Fritzi Wagner.

In 2007 she appeared in her next film, Rocket Science, in which she portrayed Ginny Ryerson, a fast-talking high school debater. Although she says she found the role intimidating and challenging after watching an actual national collegiate championship debate, her performance was praised by critics and she was nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress.

In late 2007, she auditioned for the role of Jessica Stanley in Twilight, a 2008 film adapted from the first book of the novel series by Stephenie Meyer. She had intended to do a mix-and-match audition with various actors, but was too ill and had to leave; she was, however, brought in for a later session where she was given the role. Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg said that the characters Jessica Stanley and Lauren Mallory from the book were combined to create the role. Kendrick reprises her role as Jessica in the Twilight sequel, New Moon.

Kendrick's theater singing experience gave her the opportunity to star in her next project, 2009's The Marc Pease Experience, where she appears opposite Jason Schwartzman and Ben Stiller as a high school senior involved in musical theater.

She appeared in the 2009 films Elsewhere, in which she plays her first lead character (a girl whose best friend (played by Tania Raymonde) goes missing), and in director Jason Reitman's Up in the Air, based on Walter Kirn's 2001 novel of the same name, alongside George Clooney and Vera Farmiga. For her role in Up in the Air, the National Board of Review named her Best Supporting Actress and she has also picked up nominations from numerous critics awards and the The Golden Globes and The Screen Actors Guild and the Academy Awards. She is set to appear in Edgar Wright's adaptation of the graphic novel Scott Pilgrim, titled Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Personal life

Kendrick was born in Portland, Maine. Kendrick and her older brother, actor Michael Cooke Kendrick, who appeared in the 2000 film Looking for an Echo, attended Deering High School in Portland. She lists Parker Posey, Molly Shannon and Amy Poehler as her inspirations.

Filmography

Year

Film

Role

Notes

2003

Camp

Fritzi Wagner

Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance

2007

Rocket Science

Ginny Ryerson

Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress

2008

Twilight

Jessica Stanley

Nominated—Peoples Choice Award for Favorite Breakout Movie Actress

2009

Elsewhere

Sarah

The Marc Pease Experience

Meg Brickman

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Jessica Stanley

Nominated—Empire Award for Best Newcomer also for Up in the Air

Up in the Air

Natalie Keener

Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress

Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress

National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress

North Texas Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress

Palm Springs Film Festival Rising Star Award

Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast

Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated—Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated—Denver Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated—Denver Film Critics Award for Best Acting Ensemble

Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Award for Best Breakthrough Performance

Nominated—Empire Award for Best Newcomer also for The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture

Nominated—Irish Film and Television Academy Award for Best International Actress

Nominated—Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture

Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Nominated—Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated—Utah Film Critics Association Award for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role

Nominated—Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Breakthrough Performance

Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble Cast

2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Stacey Pilgrim

Post-production

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Jessica Stanley

Post-production

Television

Year

Title

Role

Notes

2003

The Mayor

Sadie Winterhalter

TV series

2007

Viva Laughlin

Holly

Episode: "What a Whale Wants"

2009

Fear Itself

Shelby

Episode: "The Spirit Box"

Stage

Year

Title

Role

Notes

1998

High Society

Dinah Lord

St. James Theatre (April 27, 1998-August 30, 1998)

Theatre World Award for Featured Actress in a Musical

Nominated—Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

References

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^ Routhier, Ray (2007-09-18). . Portland Press Herald. . Retrieved 2008-04-05.

External links

- at the Internet Movie Database

- at the Internet Broadway Database

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