Before she was nominated for an Oscar for 2009’s Up in the Air, Anna Kendrick couldn’t even afford a pair of shoes for the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“I was not famous so nobody wanted to lend me shoes, but I was broke,” Kendrick tells PEOPLE’s editor-in-chief Jess Cagle in the latest episode of The Jess Cagle Interview (streaming now on People TV). “I got talked into spending the money I really didn’t have on a pair of Louboutins. They were $1,000. I still have them. They’re super-sparkly and spangly, but I will never get rid of them because I’m like, ‘I spent my rent on you.’”
While designers might not have been rushing to dress her at this point in her career, Kendrick was getting attention from another crowd after appearing in the first Twilight film.
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“There were girls who just knew me from Twilight: ‘Let’s go up to her while she’s buying underwear and ask her what Taylor Lautner’s like!’” she says.
“I would say, ‘He’s great. Now I feel weird that you know what my underwear looks like.’”
Nearly 10 years later, Kendrick’s footwear problems have disappeared. She’s currently starring in the third installment of her beloved Pitch Perfect series about an all-female a cappella group.
The film, which features return performances from cast members like Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow, hits theaters Dec. 22.
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