When She Gave George Clooney a Run for His Money
Leave it to Anna Kendrick to steal the spotlight from an Oscar winner in one of her first major big-screen turns. Then a rising star, Kendrick led Up in the Air alongside none other than George Clooney. Not only did the actress hold her own against the mega-star, she also earned her first Academy Award nomination for the gig, picking up a Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role nod.
When She Stole Our Hearts
Kendrick went serious in 2011, appearing in 50/50 with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anjelica Huston. The Oscar-nominated actress played Katherine McKay, a therapist who finally got Adam (Gordon-Levitt) to open up, and stole viewers hearts in the process.
When She Was Pitch Perfect
Kendrick found box office gold in 2012, leading Pitch Perfect as reluctant college acapella star Beca. Also starring Skylar Astin, Ben Platt, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, and Rebel Wilson, among others, the surprise hit made $115.4 million worldwide.
When She Got Really Real on Twitter
Always one of the most candid celebrities on Twitter, Kendrick took it a step further in January 2013. She made her love for universal boyfriend Ryan Gosling known, tweeting, “Ugh – NEVER going to a Ryan Gosling movie in a theater again. Apparently masturbating in the back row is still considered ‘inappropriate.'”
When She Became BFF With President Obama
The actress got in some quality time with the commander-in-chief in 2012. In January 2013, she Instagrammed a collage of images from her time with President Obama, captioning the shots, “Last year. The coolest three seconds of my life. (What can I say? I’m hilarious) #FlashBackFriday.”
When She Went Under the Sea
Kendrick was live from New York on a Saturday night in 2014, taking the stage to host SNL for the first time. Joined by musical guest Pharrell Williams, Kendrick saw particular success with a Little Mermaid skit, emulating various pop stars as she played Ariel.
When She Earned the Approval of The Queen
Kendrick joined the star-studded cast of 2014’s Into the Woods, appearing alongside Emily Blunt, James Corden, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, and Oscar darling Meryl Streep, among others. Kendrick bonded with the Hollywood icon, referring to her as a “bro” in interviews for the film and even holding her hand as they took photos for the movie.
When She Battled With John Krasinski and Won
Kendrick came out swinging when she took on John Krasinski on Lip Sync Battle in April 2015. The star recruited Jennifer Lopez for a performance of the singer’s own “Booty,” and invoked Krasinski’s wife, Emily Blunt, as she gave a stunning rendition of One Direction’s “Steal My Girl.”
When She Showed Hometown Love
A native of Portland, Maine, Kendrick gave back to her home state in 2016. The star sponsored a DonorsChoose.org project that funded 31 classrooms in schools statewide that needed resources.
When She Landed a Book Deal
Kendrick is now taking her Twitter witticisms and quotable quips to the page. She penned an “autobiographical collection of essays,” Scrappy Little Nobody, which is due to hit shelves in November.