Actress and singer Anna Kendrick was born August 9, 1985 in Portland, Maine. Anna became interested in the arts early, and by age 10 her parents were driving her to New York for auditions. “As a child, you don’t stand in front of a mirror and perform Lady Macbeth’s monologue, so I guess I did more of the hairbrush singing than running around performing plays,” Anna told the Irish Examiner.
At 12, she landed the role of Dinah in the Broadway musical High Society, for which she won the Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Tony and a Drama Desk Award. Anna made her film debut in 2003 in the musical comedy Camp and won an Independent Spirit Awards for Best Debut Performance. More films followed, including Rocket Science, and in 2008 she appeared as Jessica Stanley in Twilight, a role she reprised in the movie’s sequels.
While Anna was increasingly gaining attention for her work, it was 2009’s Up in the Air that really put her on the map. She starred opposite George Clooney and was nominated for Golden Globe, SAG, and Academy awards for the role. More films followed, including Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 50/50, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and Pitch Perfect. Pitch Perfect allowed Anna to show off her singing voice, and she scored a hit single with her performance of Cups (When I’m Gone). Anna used those pipes again in 2014’s Into the Woods, and in her reprisal of Beca in 2015’s Pitch Perfect 2.
Anna’s acting and singing aren’t the only things that grab attention. Her sense of humor has gained her nearly 4 million followers on Twitter. “Sometimes when I try to make jokes or have a sense of humor in interviews, it doesn’t go over very well,” she told Fast Company. “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.” Anna’s sense of humor also landed her a book deal, for a collection of funny essays due out in 2016.
Romantically, Anna has been dating cinematographer Ben Richardson since 2014 and previously dated director Edgar Wright.