Anna Kendrick: I’m happy my appearance has ‘never been my moneymaker’

Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick really is one of those fabled “triple threats.” She can act, she can sing, and she’s attractive. Anna was so good in Up In the Air (she got an Oscar nom for that role), and I watched her in Drinking Buddies last weekend. That was a weird movie where they didn’t have a script. The actors just made up their lines every day. Anna just filmed another scriptless movie, Happy Christmas. She has six movies coming out this year and is currently working on Pitch Perfect 2.

Anna seems very aware of her place in Hollywood. She has a legion of devoted fans but will never be a big marquee name. She’s also an underrated beauty who doesn’t grab too much attention from the Maxim crowd, and she likes it that way. Anna says she’s very happy about not living with the pressure to make the “most beautiful” and “hot” lists. Glamour talked with her in a breezy little featurette:

On juggling her various projects: “It’s really fun. It’s like eating Cheerios every morning and then switching to Froot Loops. It’s exciting to eat Froot Loops!”

On Pitch Perfect 2: “We didn’t get the finale music till last night, so we’re all a little panicked. But—it’ll be great, right?”

Not relying on her looks: “The thing is, my appearance–that’s never been my moneymaker. I’m fine being small. I’m fine being all the things I am. And I’m happy I’m not supposed to be on the 50 Most Beautiful list all the time, because that would be super f–king stressful.”

The difficulty of fame: “Sometimes I just want to wear the same outfit for three days in a row. And I kind of can’t.”

Dressing for her body type: “Well, in sample sizes, the dresses can be hemmed, but I can’t wear pants. Every time a stylist tries to put me in, like, a chic pantsuit, I’m like, ‘This isn’t gonna work. It’s going to look like a diaper. I know you think that you can do it; I promise you, you can’t.’ So I appreciate stores that have petites sections.”

[From Glamour]

Anna has a healthy attitude towards beauty standards. She’s very pretty but far more “cute” than Maxim babe. Let’s get real though — if Anna wasn’t attractive at all, she wouldn’t have captured her zillion roles. I have a feeling that she knows this already. Anna’s talent will always keep her afloat, but being really cute didn’t hurt her career prospects at all.

Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick

Photos courtesy of Glamour & WENN

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  1. blue marie says:

    I am such a fan of hers and like her in practically everything she does, excited to see Happy Christmas as well. She just seems so likable.

  2. GirlyGirl says:

    Not trying to cause trouble, but I watched “Up in the air” and was so bored in her, Clooney, the idiotic story that I had to check IMDB to make sure there wasn’t another movie with the same title.

    I liked Kendrick in Scott Pilgrim, but anything else I’ve seen her in she just seems kinda dull. Maybe she’s one of those actors that needs proper direction. I’ve heard Jason Reitman doesn’t really direct like that.

    She really is very beautiful.

    • kri says:

      I like that she is seems realistic in her outlook. I think she is very attractive, just not in that fake, over-processed H’wood way. Her face is not pulled and snipped and plumped (looking at you, most of H’wood) and she accepts herself. I admire that.

      • Lollipop says:

        I wouldn’t say most of Hollywood great beauties look fake. Some do, a lot do, but people like Anglina Jolie or Marilyn Monroe were beautiful and unusual. Anna is beautiful, but she’s not unusual.

    • harpreet says:

      I saw The Descendents and feel the same way, did not get the hype!

      • Sumodo1 says:

        She wasn’t in The Descendants.

      • Amelia says:

        Yeah, that was Sunshine-Vadge.
        But I think harpreet may be referring to Clooney . . .

      • GIrlyGIrl says:

        I think a couple years ago Reitman was tagged as H-wood’s latest “Hot young director” and the PR machinery got the Press to back them up.

        Personally I don’t think he’s that talented, certainly not in the same league as Edgar Wright, PT Anderson or Wes Anderson.

        Also, “Sunshine-Vadge” <- brilliant

      • Amelia says:

        Can’t take credit for that I’m afraid!
        Picked it up off one of the lovely Celebitches on a Woodnymph thread.
        Actually, it might be Kaiser’s.

  3. Mia4S says:

    Her twitter is hysterical! That alone is impressive considering most celebrities are just annoying on social media.

  4. Leaflet says:

    Love Kendrick. If I had a successful acting career, I’d want it to be moderate like Kendra’s. She seems like that celeb that if you got worked up and overly excited to say hello, she would genuinely look around thinking some other more famous celeb is behind her, lol. She is the epitome of staying true to one’s self regardless of fame. So pretty, so talented, most importantly, so comfortable in her own skin.

  5. Caliss says:

    Thank you Anna! What matters is that your are somewhat talented. Last time people got upset because I stated that your are not hot and beautiful, that your looks are basic. You see folks even she knows her appearance isn’t all that and it’s ok, not all of us can be gorgeous.

  6. lucy2 says:

    She’s talented, smart, funny, hardworking, and grounded. The fact that she’s also very pretty is practically a side note.
    I remember a podcast interview with her and it was clear how much she loves movies and film making. I think she’s the real deal and will have a great career long after many of her contemporaries have faded away.

  7. Ella says:

    There are gazillions of prettier girls in Hollywood. She is everyday cute but not much more. I do think she got were she is because of talent and likability factor.

  8. may234 says:

    She is a great actress but she is NOT beauty. Nothing wrong with it but let’s just not call her what she isn’t. Good clothes, nice makeup, charisma and talent she has in spades.

  9. sunsetsnow says:

    She’s so cute! I am a fan.

  10. maybeiamcrazy says:

    She is so cute and fairly pretty. I love her.

  11. Lucy says:

    Love her!!!

  12. Josefa says:

    I love her too. She seems so genuine. Unlike most celebs her age, I feel like she isn’t trying too hard to be anything at all.

    I understand her when it comes to her look. It’s not like she’s saying she’s ugly – just that she’s not the knockout Hollywood babe. She’s cute in a very girl-next-door kind of way.

  13. lem says:

    she’s such a great actress. i know she’s known more for her comedies but she was amazing in End of Watch.

  14. Fatty Magoo says:

    Meh I must be the only one who isn’t a fan. And I really don’t find her attractive.

    • Naddie says:

      I agree with you, she’s not pretty at all, even with all the pro make up/hair work. Still, I gotta love her natural acting, which is so rare these days. I wanna see her more.

  15. Tig says:

    I liked her in 50/50- Drinking Buddies was such a dud to me, I didn’t even finish it. I love her voice, and can’t wait to see her in Into the Woods.

  16. mata says:

    And this attitude is why she’ll still be working years from now when some of her contemporaries are botoxed, filled, lifted and complaining about the lack of roles for women in Hollywood. There are a shortage of roles for mature women, but they tend to go to the actresses that were always known for their talent before their looks.

  17. anvavnq says:

    Too bad. I think she’s hot.

  18. Kori says:

    I think she can play her looks up or down. I thought she was downright beautiful in certain scenes of Pitch Perfect, for instance. But she has that ‘real’ attractiveness–attractive but not in the sense that you can’t imagine seeing someone you actually looked like that. You aren’t going to do a double-take if you saw her unlike an Angelina or a Grace Kelly in her day. But I definitely think she’s lovely.

  19. JoJo says:

    I really like her as an actress and singer and think she’s very talented. As far as her looks, yes, it’s very refreshing to see someone who is not the typical Hollywood stereotype. That said, I do not think she’s very attractive at all. I mean, she’s certainly not ugly by any means, but I find it odd to hear her say she’s glad she hasn’t had to rely on her looks. What looks? She looks like some of my friends when we were in, hmmmm, let’s see, maybe 10th grade? Maybe even seventh or eighth grade. Also, I realize she may be naturally petite, but honestly, I was disgusted by get weight in Pitch Perfect as well as the cop movie she was in with Jake G. She literally looked anorexic – it’s in the face and jaw (-and arms/elbows.) it was one of the most blatant cases if someone being noticeably and disturbingly rake-thin. Again, very talented! Pretty? No. I find her disturbingly child-like in appearance . Not sure how that can be pretty – or a good role model – in someone who is an adult.

  20. melain says:

    Love this girl. Refreshing attitude.