What Makes Anna Kendrick Smile?
The "What to Expect" star tells us how she copes with being a movie star. Plus three things that bring her joy.
Kendrick in "What to Expect"
She's doing less auditioning nowadays as acting roles continue to roll in. In What to Expect -- a film co-starring Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, and Chris Rock -- Kendrick plays a gourmet food truck vendor who hooks up with a fellow rising chef, played by Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford. After the "meet cute," the fledgling duo find themselves, to their great shock, pregnant.
How did Kendrick prepare? "I did some research with a chef," she says, "and cut my fingers so many times in the process! But I felt weird about going up to random women and asking if they'd ever had an unexpected pregnancy, and what that felt like. For part of the shoot I did wear a pregnancy prosthetic, and I was most surprised about how many people came up and just started poking at my stomach. They'd just poke it! And so many women on the set would see me [wearing] it and immediately start telling me about their own experiences being pregnant. There was something about the stomach itself that made women want to talk."
Kendrick says she's "nowhere close to being enough of a grown-up" to consider motherhood, although she's not ruling it out down the line. She's glad she's been able to first pursue her dream. In fact, Kendrick's mother paved the way by setting a good example.
"I grew up with a working mom," Kendrick says. "So that was always normal to me. But I remember one time a neighbor who was a stay-at-home mom came over and criticized my mother for making one big batch of pancakes and then freezing what was left so we could take them out and eat them all week. And my dad overheard her, and he just let her have it! Why do moms do that to each other? Because you know what? We loved those pancakes! We did."
3 Things That Make Anna Kendrick Smile
- "Seeing people's home renovations in Dwell magazine. What they've done to their homes, I always think it's so sweet -- and cooler than anything I can manage."
- "Dog-sitting! I don't have one yet, so I will dog-sit for basically anybody."
- "My mom makes jewelry, and sometimes she sends me something in the mail out of nowhere."
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