The Pitch Per­fect 3 star on the act­ing bug, face-plants, her hit song, break­ing down in front of Bette Mi­dler and why the world loves the Bel­las

Chattanooga Times Free Press - Parade - - FRONT PAGE - By Amy Spencer

Only 12 when she was nom­i­nated for a Tony for her role in Broad­way’s High

So­ci­ety, Anna Kendrick, now 32, has worked her way onto the big screen in nearly ev­ery way.The Maine na­tive broke through in the YA fan­tasy

Twi­light (2008) and co-starred along­side Ge­orge Clooney in the drama Up in the Air (2009), for which she was nom­i­nated for an Os­car. But she reigned as a fan fa­vorite in Pitch Per­fect (2012) as Beca, the col­lege stu­dent who joins an odd­ball mix of women in their a cap­pella singing group, the Bel­las. Kendrick and her croon­ing crew will re­turn in

Pitch Per­fect 3 (Dec. 22), fac­ing off against younger, hip­per com­pe­ti­tion on their (pos­si­bly) farewell tour. What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a doc­tor, be­cause I think all lit­tle kids hear that doctors help peo­ple. And then, you know, you find out about medical school, and I was like, “That sounds like a lot of work.”

How old were you when you were bit by

the act­ing bug? It’s hard to pin­point. Some of my ear­li­est mem­o­ries are lis­ten­ing to Bette Mi­dler, watch­ing Newsies and go­ing to see Lit­tle Shop

of Hor­rors at a lo­cal high school when I was re­ally young, and just think­ing, Ev­ery­one on­stage is so im­pos­si­bly so­phis­ti­cated and mag­i­cal and ta­lented. Bette Mi­dler was a big in­flu­ence. I met her, fi­nally, at the Tony Awards this year. She was so gra­cious and so warm and kind to me. It was go­ing so well, and then I was like, “Thank you, Ms. Mi­dler, for your time. I’m gonna just go . . . start cry­ing.” What was your first pub­lic per­for­mance, mu­si­cal or oth­er­wise? When I was around 5 or 6, I sang “On the Good Ship Lol­lipop” and I face-planted into the floor by the end of the num­ber. I for­got the lyrics, and I de­cided just slowly get­ting down on the floor was my best course of ac­tion. I as­sume my mother has evidence some­where, but we’re gonna keep that in a lock­box for as long as pos­si­ble. What were your Sun­days like grow­ing up? There was a lot of lis­ten­ing to pub­lic ra­dio after church. And football. And hav­ing your church tights on and you take them off when you get home—that was such a good feel­ing. We were definitely the fam­ily that tried to make food of all the col­ors of the rain­bow— if all the col­ors of the rain­bow were brown.

What are your Sun­days

like now? I like to sit around on Sun­days and watch Net­flix. It’s usu­ally a day be­fore my next 4 a.m. call time, so my Sun­day nights are spent in bed try­ing to will my­self to go to sleep re­ally early, which just doesn’t work. Maybe I’ll be doz­ing by 10. Why do you think au­di­ences can’t get enough of the Bel­las? I think peo­ple like watch­ing a

bunch of mis­fits from dif­fer­ent walks of life come to­gether and make a team.That comes through in our cast as well, be­cause we are from dif­fer­ent back­grounds, we’re all so di­verse and we all have such dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties. Who makes you crack up the most on the Pitch Per­fect set? Ev­ery­body does, re­ally. I did a cou­ple of one-on-one scenes with Rebel [Wil­son, who plays “Fat Amy”] in this one, and I definitely have those half-moon marks in my thighs when I’m dig­ging into my skin, like, “Don’t you laugh!” And Es­ter Dean [who plays Cyn­thia Rose] is like an un­der­cover co­me­dian. She’s a stitch in be­tween takes. Your song “Cups” from the orig­i­nal Pitch Per­fect went triple­plat­inum. Did that sur­prise you? It com­pletely sur­prised me, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing we didn’t pro­mote the song at all. When it was in the Top 10 Bill­board chart, I was on the charts with, like, Mack­le­more and Mi­ley Cyrus at the time. They must have been like, “What is this dumb song?”

This is meant to be the farewell Pitch Per­fect film. Do you think it

will be? If it were up to me and the girls, we would do a mil­lion of them! I think that the only thing we don’t want is for them to pull the Spi­der-Man thing with a new cast—you know, keep re­plac­ing us over and over and over. But it’s pos­si­ble that this will be the last one and we’re OK with that too. We’ll hang out for­ever.

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