Most actresses/singers have a hard time watching themselves perform. But for Anna Kendrick
it’s a matter of what kind of performance she’s doing. “When I watch myself sing, I can appreciate the music because I didn’t write it,” she told Playboy
in 2016. “I’ve never written a script either, but there’s something a little rawer with acting. I tried to watch one of my movies alone in a screening room, and the entire time I was thinking: ‘You are a monster. You are terrible!’”
Luckily the world didn’t agree. Kicking off her acting career as a child via the Broadway stage, the Maine-born dynamo garnered a Tony nomination for Best Supporting Actress after her debut in the 1998 production of High Society
. Her breakout role came in 2008 when she landed the character Jessica Stanley in the Twilight
franchise. But Hollywood would get the extent of her acting and singing talents when she headlined the 2012 hit musical film Pitch Perfect
and its two sequels. She’s also shared the screen with acting giant Meryl Streep in the musical Into the Woods
in 2014. Since then, Kendrick has counted herself amongst Tinsel Town’s A-List movie stars, starring in hits such as The Hollars
, The Accountant
(with Ben Affleck
), and the comedy, Get a Job
. For her starring role opposite George Clooney in Up in the Air
, Kendrick was also nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award.
The brunette also added author to her job title after publishing Scrappy Little Nobodyher 2017 collection of autobiographical essays.