No matter what you like to watch, you probably know who Anna Kendrick is, at least vaguely. Do you like sparkly vampires? She was in Twilight. Do you like Oscar nominated performances and/or George Clooney? She was nominated for Up In The Air. Do you like quirky dramedies? She was in 50/50. Do you like witty teen comedies? She can currently be seen in Pitch Perfect, where she sings, dances and steals your heart.
When I realized that Anna Kendrick was perfect, I was worried that the Canadians may have already laid claim to her. Most cool and funny women whose origins you don’t know are Canadian. It’s a statistical fact. Catherine O’Hara, Caroline Rhea, Cobie Smulders — and those are just the names that start with ‘C’! But Anna is not a Canadian. She was born in Maine and I am officially nominating her as America’s newest sweetheart. I am also nominating her as my future best friend but if she doesn’t choose to take that honor then whatever. I’ll deal.
While writing this article, I genuinely had to pull up a thesaurus site and look for synonyms of “phenomenal” to properly describe all of my Anna Kendrick related feelings. See if you can spot them all!
If you’re like me and you already have some tried and true favorite actresses, you may be wondering why you should make room in your heart for Anna Kendrick. Well, luckily, she’s only five feet tall so you don’t have to make that much room. But I’ve compiled a few more reasons to adore her if that isn’t enough for you.
She is an extraordinary actress.
We’ll get the most obvious part of her charm out of the way first: she is an incredibly gifted actress. She can toe the line between drama and comedy so perfectly that I have decided I will see absolutely anything she is in. The Academy has already acknowledged that Anna was wonderful in Up In The Air by nominating her for an award as the uptight Natalie Keener. If you’re watching a George Clooney movie and he isn’t the best part about it, that’s pretty impressive. Anna Kendrick is far and away the best part of a great movie.
In 50/50, she played a new therapist who helps Joseph Gordon-Levitt deal with the news that he has cancer. She stole every one of her scenes with a realistic mixture of warmth and no-nonsense advice. Even Ellen took the time to point out the incredible chemistry that Anna and Joseph had, and tried to set them up on her show.
Anna’s portion in the overall uplifting What To Expect When You’re Expecting brought a surprising heaviness to the movie which she navigated with aplomb (yes, aplomb). Her flirtation with Chace Crawford over food trucks in my hometown of Atlanta was adorable, silly and very genuine.
Basically, Anna Kendrick could have chemistry with a rock. Or Steven Seagal. She is just that good.
She is a fantastic singer.
Being able to sing automatically makes anyone 10 times cooler. Just ask any weirdo in a band how many more ladies he’s gotten since he joined a band. As long as they’re passionate, everyone is immensely appealing if they’re on a stage performing. Even if they’re not that good. So, to add a gorgeous voice to already amazing acting abilities is really almost like Anna is just taunting us with her greatness.
In Pitch Perfect, you can see Anna perform the Dr. Dre rap in the song No Diggity. You can also see hear her sing a beautiful rendition of Titanium by David Guetta. I won’t spoil all the song choices, but suffice it to say she has a range of abilities. In fact, she highlights another one of her abilities along with her singing in her audition scene: she can do magical things with a cup. I was tempted not to mention this because I had no idea about it until it happened in the film and I was absolutely blown away, but it’s just too cool not to share. Plus, she did it on Letterman prior to the opening of the movie, so this doesn’t really count as a spoiler.
She is hilarious.
Anna has that perfect balance of sarcasm and self-deprecation that makes me laugh hardest. She’s incredibly quick on her feet, making her interviews a joy to watch as she replies to the same old interview questions ad nauseam with various deadpan one-liners and stories. Sure she’s a great actress, but Meryl Streep is a great actress and I’m not going to stay up past my bedtime to watch her on late night talk shows. It’s Anna’s sense of humor that had me on YouTube all weekend catching up on her interviews. Her appearance on Conan has been one of my favorites from her promotion of Pitch Perfect because she discusses rapping and tacos, my two passions in life.
She is the funniest person on Twitter, I swear. I follow quite a few comedians on Twitter because their feeds are like free stand-up shows, and Anna blows a lot of them out of the water. Here is a sampling of a few of my favorites from the past few weeks. I’m not even including her hilarious replies to people (which are hilarious and should be read).
She is normal (in the best way).
Anna likes to hang out at home in sweatpants. She understands how the internet works. She cries at movies you’re not supposed to cry at. I’ve been there, Anna. I’ll never live down the time I cried at Bride Wars. She is down to earth. She shamefully eats Taco Bell. Is there any other way to eat it? If there is, I don’t want to know about it.
In conclusion, her perfection can be distilled into some math. She is the perfect hybrid of Anne Hathaway, Kristen Bell, and Sandra Bullock. Hear me out on this one. She is her own person who should be respected as such, but since I’m trying to convince the world of her national treasure status, I need to use standards everyone is familiar with. Everyone loves all three of these people unless they’re monsters and Anna needs to be added to their ranks.
She is of course outstanding on her own, but if you like any of these people, you will love Anna Kendrick. She has the excellent role choices and varied acting abilities of Anne. She has the humor and singing abilities of Kristen. She has the loveliness and hopefully the longevity of Sandra Bullock. If you know how much I love the first three, you’ll begin to understand the admiration I have for Anna Kendrick.
Check her movies out. You won’t regret it. I’m working my way through her IMDB page to make sure I don’t miss any gems since I’ve loved what I’ve seen her in so far. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go see Pitch Perfect for the second time this week.
PS: Anna, come over to my place and we can eat some Cheesy Gordita Crunches and cry in our sweatpants. Also you can teach me that cup thing.