Wednesday 17 January 2018

Kendrick: Twilight didn't launch me

Anna Kendrick is grateful to have been part of the Twilight franchise
Anna Kendrick is grateful to have been part of the Twilight franchise

Anna Kendrick has insisted Twilight did not launch her career.

The 26-year-old actress plays Bella Swan's best friend in box office phenomenon The Twilight Saga. But she told The Independent she had already been cast in Up In The Air with George Clooney, which earned her an Oscar nomination, before the first Twilight movie was released.

Anna said: "I booked Up In The Air before the first Twilight even came out so it wasn't like I was going: 'Oh my God, this huge teen movie is out, I've got to make an adult movie as fast as I can!'"

But she accepts that being part of the teen vampire movies has helped her establish a solid fanbase.

She said: "Twilight was this huge thing that spiralled out of control.

"When something gets that big, there's always a backlash. But I don't have people following me around everywhere, or writing horrendous things about me on the internet. I appreciate the fact that I get to reap all the benefits of this crazy mega-franchise with almost none of the bulls*** that a lot of the cast has to deal with."

But Anna, who stars a therapist in new cancer comedy 50/50, doesn't like being defined by her roles.

She said: "Somebody asked me recently why I play young professionals. I thought: 'What am I supposed to be playing... a senior citizen?'

"But I don't define characters by their profession or age. It's just about what I feel that I can do with them."

She added she's looking for "just anything different".

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