Anna Kendrick: Outtakes From Our Interview
Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect
*Anna Kendrick: She's Just a Girl and She's on Fire
*Our entire 2013 People Issue
We profiled actress/singer/comedian/Twitter celebrity Anna Kendrick for our People Issue, but didn't have space for everything.
Here are some of the best deleted bits from our interview:
I find I get the most response from things that I'm kind of honest about. When I make full-out jokes that works sometimes too, as the Ryan Gosling Tweet proved.
Ugh - NEVER going to a Ryan Gosling movie in a theater again. Apparently masturbating in the back row is still considered "inappropriate"— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) January 14, 2013
But sometimes when I say something really honest, like I tweeted something about sometimes I wish I could wear sign around my neck that says, "Look, I'm pretty sensitive, can everybody just be cool?"...And I got an amazing response because it was, like, an honest thing where sometimes you're just like feeling really vulnerable...
It kind of forces you to tighten things up, which I'm bad at. Anything that I've ever written is just so utterly rambling...Like when God forbid I have a misunderstanding with somebody, the email that I will send them is like a ten-page novel.
On the hoarding phenomenon:
There's a subreddit for hoarding. I'm obsessed with the hoarding. It fascinates me 'cause I think we all have that, that tendency inside of us, and it's just a matter of who lets it get out of control...
I want to get inside the minds of hoarders. 'Cause I am totally guilty of having, you know, hypothetically, two of the exact same thing but feeling like, "But this one's a perfectly good thing, I can't just get rid of it." Some of those episodes of Hoarders are just heartbreaking. These fathers that won't get rid of planks of wood they think they're gonna do some project with that they're never gonna do and their family's, like, begging them to throw it away. To be in the mind of a person like that, I can't imagine.
I feel like that could totally be me. Nothing makes me clean my house more and get rid of stuff and do a purge than as much as I'll really go for it after watching an episode of Hoarders. I feel like sometimes when I'm feeling like I have too much stuff and I need to get reorganized and prioritize what actual things I need in my life, I will watch an episode of Hoarders and I will have half the stuff I owned before in a couple of hours. It's amazing...
My phone was stolen and I lost a bunch of pictures and I was so upset. And I'm still -- I'm heartbroken, really. But I didn't go through and look at them...All they had been was just like photos on my camera roll that I never really visited and yet when they're gone, I was devastated. That's gotta be the same feeling -- like I can't get rid of it but I never go and visit it. I think my mom has a storage space...I'm gonna ask her about it now -- be like, "What the fuck is in there that's so important?"
...As I can be a hoarder, nothing gives me more intense pleasure than re-organizing my closet and getting little containers and making little things so that there's a place for everything and everything is in its place. It's like I waver between being a total hoarder and completely OCD...For a while, I tried crafting. I'm just not good at it.
On losing her phone
The person turned it off immediately. It was just some fucking asshole...It's not like somebody was targeting me specifically...
I have a bunch of phones. They're all good, I just -- I don't know. It's more just learning to use new technology that's daunting. I want to try them. And, like, actually have the one that's best. 'Cause I am at a point now where just organizing my life is a priority and I don't have an assistant or anything and sometimes -- like this week -- things feel a little overwhelming...
I want a phone that at the time when I leave the house has got, like, a map ready for where I need to be. ...There must be an app for that. If it's not, let's make it and make a million dollars. But that's a good idea, right? To have a thing where I could enter addresses for the week where I was gonna be and then what times I was supposed to be there and then half an hour before then it would just be like, "Here's your map."
Everything Kendrick did during the week leading up to our interview:
I got back from SXSW and I had, like I don't actually know what it was -- it was like social catch-up but also kind of a work thing. Like, somebody I hadn't seen in years -- it was the day that my phone got stolen, so that was really fun.
Then I had -- I'm doing this video for Vogue....They're having girls come in and sing and it's kind of fashion and music and whatever. So I had a lesson for that just to try and pick what song I was gonna sing. A pianist worked with me for a while on that but I had to drive out to -- he was at, I don't know if it's CSUN or something.
And then I had a bunch of the Pitch Perfect girls over so I was running around trying to clean my house up. Yeah, just for fun.
You're friends in real life?
Believe it or not, yeah. Real-life friends. It's crazy.
Then I had a meeting about a script. Then the next day I had a meeting about a script. A fitting for this Vogue thing. I had to go to this event thing that's like, I don't know, a relationship thing, really, and then another kind of work dinner that was sort of related to the first script.
And then today I had my vocal lesson [for the film version of the musical The Last Five Years] and I have this and then the [photo] shoot [for L.A. Weekly's People Issue] and then I'm going to do, like, an MTV sketch thing...And then I'm having dinner tonight with Jason Moore, who directed Pitch Perfect, 'cause we're doing a music video for that song "Cups."...
And then tomorrow I actually shoot the Vogue video but I might try to have voice lesson before then and then the next day I'm doing a Funny or Die thing and having like another work dinner.
It's weird -- it's like the fact that these are all things that are happening, it's just so not my life. I was so never the person who, like, had to schedule social engagements in order to see people. I was just always around....I've always had friends that said, "Ooh I'll pencil you in next week for coffee" and I'm like, "It's ok, I'll just see you when I see you." And now I'm that person that has to set aside time to see friends. It's really bizarre.
Kendrick's "Cups" music video
On the phenomenon of the song "Cups," which involved using a cup as a percussion instrument. Kendrick performed it in Pitch Perfect and it ended up on the Billboard chart:
That was bananas!...I get emailed videos of acquaintances' nieces doing the "Cups" songs.
But in a way it doesn't surprise me...I saw a video on Reddit of those two girls [doing the cups percussion] and it's just such a fascinating and fun thing to learn. That's why I sat in my room, like, teaching myself to do it from this video, so in a sense it makes sense to me that the more people that see it, the more people who try it and make videos themselves. I was just doing it for fun and then I taught my roommates and we sat around all night doing it...
When I was meeting everybody about doing Pitch Perfect, they wanted to...make sure I could actually sing and I was like, "Well, since I'll probably never have the opportunity to do this again, I learned it, I might as well do it." I did that thing, so they were like, "Yeah, that's going in the movie."
I'm a fan of intensely dorky things that people want to do by themselves or together....The thing about, like, harmonies and a capella singing -- it's like a puzzle. If you're a fan of puzzles, and you're a fan of music, it's right where your brain wants to be.
Kendrick does the "Cups" song herself on Letterman
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