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    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.
    By Lauren Paige Kennedy
    WebMD Magazine - Feature
    Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

    Anna Kendrick is quick to grin -- in fact, her winsome smile just might be her signature feature. Yet just a few years ago, when she first became a household name after a knockout, Academy Award-nominated performance in Up in the Air opposite George Clooney, her beam was a bit of an act.

    "I try so hard to keep smiling, and to deal with everything publicly," she told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in early 2010, right as her career was hitting hyper-drive. "But my poor friends and family are dealing with my meltdowns on a daily basis." Kendrick says she felt overwhelmed by the media attention and the transition from life as a working actor who'd labored for years on Broadway and in smaller parts to bona fide celebrity.

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    "It feels funny to complain about that end of it," she says now. "So I won't do that. But it does put you in a very vulnerable place."

    Anna Kendrick's Early Career

    Two years later, after critical praise for her work in Seth Rogen's 2011 cancer dramedy 50/50 and with the much-buzzed-about What to Expect When You're Expecting due for delivery in May, Kendrick says her inner and outer selves have finally aligned. But that's not because the media juggernaut has become any easier.

    "I enjoy being on set -- much more than getting caught up in the promotional end," she says. "I am a lot more comfortable in my skin now, mostly because I did six films last year, and I spent more of my time doing the actual work, which is what I really enjoy."

    Kendrick, 26, always wanted to be an actress, even as a preteen growing up in Portland, Maine. Her parents helped make that happen, packing Kendrick and her older brother onto a Greyhound bus to New York City so they could audition for -- and win -- coveted roles. (Her first acting gig was at 12, playing Dinah in the Broadway musical High Society.) "We had to promise up and down we'd go straight to the audition" and then turn around and come straight home, she laughs.

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    Only 18.5% of Americans never floss. You are missing out on a simple way to make a big difference in the health of your mouth. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Floss removes food trapped between the teeth and removes the film of bacteria that forms there before it turns to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Try flossing just one tooth to get started.

    You are one of 31% of Americans who don't floss daily. You are missing out on a simple way to make a big difference in the health of your mouth. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Aim for 3 more days!

    You are one of 31% of Americans who don't floss daily, but you're well on your way to making a positive impact on your teeth and gums. Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Aim for all 7 days!

    Only 50.5% of Americans floss daily, and good for you that you are one of them! Regardless of how well you brush, plaque still forms between your teeth and along your gums. Toothbrush bristles alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces. Flossing removes up to 80% of the film that hardens to plaque, which can cause inflamed gums (gingivitis), cavities, and tooth loss. Congratulations on your good oral health habit!

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