- August 09, 1985 (age 36)
- Actor, Singer
- William Kendrick, Janice Kendrick
Anna Kendrick (born August 9, 1985) is an American actress and singer. She rose to international fame after her performance as Natalie Keener in Up in the Air (2009), for which she received Academy Award, BAFTA,Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. She played Dinah Lord in the Broadway musical High Society (1998), for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. Her other notable roles include Fritzi Wagner in Camp (2003), Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga (2008–11), Stacey Pilgrim in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Beca Mitchell in Pitch Perfect (2012) and Janet in End of Watch (2012). She will appear as Cinderella in Into the Woods, which is set to be released on December 25, 2014.
Kendrick was born in Portland, Maine, the daughter of Janice (née Cooke), an accountant, and William K. Kendrick, a history teacher who also works in finance. She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent. She has an older brother, actor Michael Cooke Kendrick, who appeared in the 2000 film Looking for an Echo. She attended Deering High School in Portland.
Kendrick started her career at the age of 10. Her parents were supportive and often drove her from Portland, Maine, to New York City for auditions. Her first prominent acting role was as Dinah in the Broadway musical High Society in August 1998 when she was 12 years old, a performance for which she won the Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award, making her the third-youngest Tony Award nominee. Kendrick went on to appear in a number of other stage productions, including the musical A Little Night Music, playing Fredrika Armfeldt in the New York City Opera production, before making her film debut in the 2003 musical comedy Camp, for which she was nominated at the Independent Spirit Awards for Best Debut Performance for her portrayal of Fritzi Wagner.
In 2007, she appeared in her next film, Rocket Science, as Ginny Ryerson, a fast-talking high school debater. Although Kendrick said 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 an Independent Spirit award for Best Supporting Actress. Later that year, 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 brought in for a later session where she was given the role. Kendrick reprised her role as Jessica in the first three Twilight sequels.
Kendrick's theater singing experience gave her the opportunity to star in The Marc Pease Experience (2009), where she appears 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 goes missing, and in director Jason Reitman's Up in the Air, based on Walter Kirn's 2001 novel of the same name. For her role in Up in the Air, the National Board of Review named her Best Supporting Actress, and she also picked up nominations from numerous critics awards, The Golden Globes, The Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy Awards.
Kendrick dated director Edgar Wright, whom she met during the 2009 production of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, until early 2013.