Anna Cooke Kendrick, popularly known as Anna Kendrick, is an American actress and singer. While she is known for her comedic abilities on screen, Anna started her career in the 1998 Broadway play called High Society. And for her role as Dinah Lord, she was nominated for the Best Featured Actress in a Musical in the Tony Awards. She later had her film debut in the 2003 musical comedy film Camp. The very year she even made her television debut in the movie, The Mayor.
After a few features here and there, Anna Kendrick rose to fame after her appearance as Jessica Stanley, Bella Swan’s friend in the 2008 movie, Twilight. Her other prominent works include her starring role as Beca in The Pitch Perfect series, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Trolls World Tour, and Up in the Air. For her role in Up in the Air, she even earned a nomination for the Best Supporting Actress in The Academy Awards.
Anna Kendrick Early and Personal Life
Anna Kendrick was born on 9th August 2021 in Portland, Maine. As a teen, she attended Portland’s Deering High School. Being born to an accountant, Janice, and History teacher, William Kendrick, she is of English, Irish and Scottish descent. She even has an older brother, Michael Cooke Kendrick, who became an actor and appeared in the 2000 movie, Looking for an Echo. Anna Kendrick herself discovered her love for acting at an early age as she displayed a natural talent for it. This was quite evident from her award nominations in The Tony Awards and Drama Desk for her starring performance in the 1988 Broadway Play, High Society.
This was followed up by her several debuts and following career choices in TV, movies, and Broadway. During, she even had a relationship with the director, Edgar Wright, who she met in the sets of Ѕсоtt Ріlgrіm vѕ. thе Wоrld in 2009. This couple later split up in 2013, after which Anna began dating the English Cinematographer, Ben Richardson. They have been together since February 2014, when they met while filming Drinking Buddies. A little less known fact about Anna Kendrick is the release of her own memoir called Ѕсrарру Lіttlе Nоbоdу in 2016.
Anna Kendrick’s Career
As mentioned above, Anna Kendrick began her career as a child auditioning for multiple theatre productions in New York City. When she was 12, she was cast in a supporting role in Broadway Play High Society. This performance earned her a Theater World Award, along with which she even got nominations for Featured Actress in a Musical at the Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards. After this, she went ahead and played a supporting role in the 2003 Opera production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. She soon made her film debut as well in the musical film Camp. In this film, her performance as Fritzi helped her earn a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance. Following this, she was again nominated for the Best Supporting Female for her performance in the 2007 film Rocket Science.
Between 2008 and 2011, Anna was much focused on her works in Twilight and Up in the Air. The biggest step for Anna Kendrick’s career was her role in the 2008 film, Twilight. In this fantasy romance movie, Anna played the role of Jessica Stanley, a friend of Jessica Swan. This movie became a major blockbuster, thus leading to a ruse in her firm. As she made appearances in The Marc Pease Experience and Elsewhere, she reported her role in the Twilight franchise as she appeared in Twilight’s sequel, New Moon.
She then starred in Jason Reitman’s 2009 film, Up in the Air, alongside George Clooney. Here she was cast as an ambitious college graduate. Her performance for the role was dubbed “funny and touching,” and one which she is able to grab quite easily. The critics may have undersold her performance, considering she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at several awards ceremonies, including the Golden Globe Awards, Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Later in 2010, Kendrick appeared in Twilight’s third instalment, Eclipse, as well as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World didn’t fare well in the cinemas but eventually became a cult classic. This was followed up by her role as an inexperienced therapist to a cancer patient in 50/50. Lastly, in the fourth instalment of Twilight, Breaking Dawn Part 1.
Between the course of 2012-2015, Anna Kendrick featured in various projects, both physically and by voice acting. Then, we witnessed Anna Kendrick’s most successful film, Pitch Perfect. This film was a musical comedy based on the non-fiction book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory. In this, she played the role of Beca Mitchell, an aspiring college freshman who joins an Acappella group called Barden Bellas. This film emerged as a major success along with lots of positive reviews from the critics. Along with this, she had a streak of successes in 2013 for her works in Drinking Buddies and Rapture-Palooza.
Besides these, she even made multiple appearances at The Sundance Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. She was even cast as Cinderella in Disney’s Into the Woods Musical. Along which she even made appearances taking part in lip sync battle against John Krasinski, after which she performed multiple songs, including “Steal My Girl” from One Direction and “Booty” by Jennifer Lawrence. Lastly, in 2015, she even reprised her role as Beca Mitchell in Pitch Perfect 2.
At the beginning of 2016, Anna Kendrick took part in multiple comedy-dramas in both Sundance Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. She even starred in Mike and Dave, which became a commercially successful comedy. Here, we witness Anna Kendrick’s one other career highlight as she voices Poppy, the main character in the animated film, Trolls. In the same year, she even co-starred alongside Ben Affleck in the action thriller film, The Accountant. Surprisingly, that’s not all, as she published her memoir, Scrappy Little Nobody, on 15th November 2016.
In 2017, after she starred in Table 19, Anna again went ahead to reprise her role as Beca Mitchell in Pitch Perfect 3. Around this time, she appeared in a bunch of advertisements as well while also playing the titular character in the Disney+ movie, Noelle. Later, she even reprised her role as Poppy in Trolls World Tour, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, the release got delayed only to be later released via video-on-demand. Kendrick even starred in the comedy series Dummy for which her performance was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama. Later in 2020, Kendrick starred in the HBO Max comedy series, Love Life, for which she even serves as an executive producer.
As for her plans for the future, Anna Kendrick is about to lead in the science fiction thriller, Stowaway on Netflix in 2021. She is even set to star as a state trooper with irreversible hearing loss in Bharat Nalluri’s “Unsound.”
What is Anna Kendrick’s Net Worth?
As of March 2021, Anna Kendrick has a net worth of around 22 million dollars. The American actress and singer started her career as a child actress in theatre productions. At the time, before her big break in series like Twilight Saga and The Pitch Perfect Series, she had a modest net worth of 3 million dollars. This was right after her debut performances in High Street and Camp. Now, as she has played the role of Jessica in Twilight and Beca in Pitch Perfect, she has now become one of the most recognisable Hollywood actresses. This tagged along with her talent for singing and voice acting, providing vocals for various cinema industry works. As she rоѕе tо fаmе, there was an increase in her salary thus accumulating the huge sum of 22 million dollars as her net worth.
Considering Anna Kendrick began her career at a very early age, she has learned a lot from her peers. This has made her grow into an actress with excellent skills being recognised on the international stage in Hollywood. She even had an excellent make-over that attracted fans, gaining her increased roles and appearances.