Character/Job: Jessica Stanley
Actor/Production Person: Anna Kendrick
Birthday: August 9, 1985
City and State: Portland, Maine
Official casing announcement link: [url=http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2008/02/07/twilight-gets-fresh-blood-with-anna-kendrick-justin-chon/][u]MTV Blog Announcement[/u][/url]
[url=http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1581186/20080207/story.jhtml][u]MTV Movie News][/u][/url]
Actress Anna Kendrick was born in 1985 in Portland, Maine. A talkative, bubbly and attention-seeking child, it didn’t take her long to find her calling in stage and film. By 1991 she was already showing off her talents in a community theatre production of Annie, in which she played the role of Tessie. Later, when asked about this first role of hers being in the popular musical, she lamented, "It’s a little cliché, I really wish it was something other than that, because it just seems so trite."
By the late nineties, she had made her debut on Broadway. In 1998 she played "Dinah" in the musical High Society, which landed her a Tony Award nomination at the age of only 13. She was the second youngest performer ever to be given that honor. Her role as Dinah also earned her other acknowledgements, including Theater World Award and Drama Desk Award nominations.
Anna went on to participate in a variety of other stage productions, and finally began acting onscreen in 2003. One of her first roles was Fritzi Wagner in the musical comedy Camp. When asked about any similarities between herself and Fritzi, a sycophantic fangirl, Anna was quoted: "I do have a passion for theater. But I do my best not to stalk people."
The role won Anna more exciting nominations, including Best Supporting Actress in the Chlotrudis Awards, and Best Debut Performance in the Independent Spirit Awards. In 2007, after a few different smaller movie parts, she appeared in the critically acclaimed film Rocket Science. Playing Ginny Ryerson, a fast-talking high school debater, Anna said she felt intimidated and challenged. Critics, however, found her performance highly praiseworthy, and she was nominated yet again for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress that year.
Her signing and acting talents have given Anna the opportunity to work with a long list of great actors, actresses and directors, including Jeromy Irons and Todd Graff. She’ll be adding more star-power to that list in just this coming year, with a major role in an upcoming movie opposite Ben Stiller and Jason Schwartzman. That film, The Marc Pease Experience, is in now in post-production. Also this year Anna will play her first onscreen lead role in Elsewhere, a missing-persons thriller by director Nathan Hope. Her third project this year, Twilight, is based on the best-selling vampire novel of the same name. It will be released in December. In this adaptation of author Stephenie Meyer’s first book, Anna plays Jessica Stanley, the human friend of main character Bella Swan.
With all of these things on her horizon, it seems Anna must prepare herself for the likelihood of celebrity status. Her manager, Kim Matuka, at Online Talent Group, has been working with her exclusively since the age of 10. " I always knew Anna was special…" says Matuka. "It just took a little longer for the industry to realize that."
Has an older brother, Michael Cooke Kendrick, who is also an actor.
Anna is 5 foot 4 inches and has blue eyes.
Attended Deering High School in Portland, Maine.
Her current agency is Agency for the Performing Arts.
Anna’s favorite film character to date is Sylvia Fowler in The Women (1939), played by Rosalind Russell.
Says she is inspired by fearless women in comedy, with favorites including Parker Posey, Molly Shannon and Amy Poehler.
Starred on the cover of Portland Magazine in March 2003
Was quoted saying: "An actor should always let humility outweigh ambition."
When asked about her childhood said she was, "One of those hyperactive kids who wanted to jump around and sing and dance and scream and be on stage."
Stephenie’s comments on this person: (I can’t find any! Am I missing something?)
The Mayor (2003) (TV) …… Sadie Winterland.
Camp (2003) …… Fritzi Wagner.
Rocket Science (2007) …… Ginny Reyerson. [url=http://www.rocketsciencemovie.com/][u]Official Movie Website[/u][/url]
Elsewhere (2008) …… Meg Brickman. [url=http://www.elsewherethemovie.com/][u]Official Movie Website[/u][/url]
The Marc Pease Experience (2008) …… Sarah.
Twilight (2008) …… Jessica Stanley. [url=http://www.twilightthemovie.com/][u]Official Movie Website[/u][/url]
Youtube film clips:
[url=http://youtube.com/watch?v=obb84XG7g6M&feature=related]Life Upon The Wicked Stage][/url] (Shows a very young, singing Anna Kendrick!)
[url=http://youtube.com/watch?v=f6Ci39PRNYo&feature=related]Camp film clip[/url] (Explicit language)
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E17WGvaZLCM&feature=related]Rocket Science film clip[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YRCrh92wnc&feature=related]Rocket Science film clip #2[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTJCbeP4b58&NR=1]Elsewhere Teaser Trailer[/url]
Up coming Projects:
Elsewhere, 2008 (completed)
The Marc Pease Experience, 2008 (post-production)
Twilight, 2008 (filming)
Non-Twilight Interview Links:
[url=http://youtube.com/watch?v=BL6u0cTi_dc&feature=related]Rocket Science interview[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RUBe1esj90&NR=1]Rocket Science interview with Reese Thompson[/url]
[url=http://youtube.com/watch?v=mDrzEByogUI&feature=related]Red Carpet interview[/url]
[url=http://annakendrickonline.org/default.aspx]Anna Kendrick Online[/url]
Photo gallery links:
[url=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0447695/mediaindex]IMDB Photo Gallery[/url]
[url=http://gallery.anna-kendrick.net/]Anna Kendrick Photo Gallery[/url]
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This actor bio was prepared by: LisaCullenAZ