Anna Kendrick describes filming ‘Twilight’ as a ‘trauma’ & ‘like a hostage situation’

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Anna Kendrick had a supporting part in Twilight. She wasn’t part of the behind-the-scenes drama around the first film though. Remember that? Robert Pattinson first dated Nikki Reed, then he made a play for Kristen Stewart and apparently there were a lot of emotions and sides taken behind-the-scenes. But Anna Kendrick didn’t seem to be involved with that stuff. Still, she doesn’t have great memories of working on Twilight. She recently compared it to a hostage situation:

Anna Kendrick doesn’t have fond memories from her days shooting Twilight, the first big-screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s book of the same name released in 2008. The actress attributes her less than stellar time on set due to the weather in Portland, Oregon which she remembers as “being so cold and miserable.”

“I just remember my Converse being completely soaked through and feeling like, ‘You know, this is a really great group of people and I’m sure that we would be friends at a different time, but I want to murder everyone,” Kendrick, who played protagonist Bella’s (Kristen Stewart) friend Jessica Stanley, told Vanity Fair.

She added, “Although it was also kind of bonding. There was like something about it like you go through some trauma event like you imagine people who survive like a hostage situation, and you’re kind of bonded for life.”

The actress remembers a much more pleasant experience when they banded together again for the popular film’s sequel The Twilight Saga: New Moon which shot in Vancouver, Canada, and Montepulciano, Italy in 2009.

[From EW]

She was being hyperbolic. It’s not that big of a deal and yet people are like “Anna Kendrick is the worst because she compared filming a movie to a hostage situation!” Come on, it’s not that important. I think Twihards are just mad at her because she’s not claiming that everything was so magical and everyone was wrapped up in sparkly love at the time.

These quotes are from this Vanity Fair video, where Anna talks in-depth about her career. The Twilight section starts around the 2:15 mark.

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  1. julia says:

    Didn’t she say with surprise that she didn’t even remember that she was in Twilight a while ago? I love the girl, but it couldn’t have been that bad if she couldn’t recall being in the movie.

    • kimberlu says:

      wanna talk hostage? I was the barista that couldn’t close when they would come into the bookstore before closing and sit in the corner drinking their beverages. I don’t know why they would give us their twilight names and I never read the books, but they would take forever to leave and kept having to tell them we were closed…so annoying, I had places to be after work!!! lol my coworker was obsessed with them and would stare….she kept all their drink order slips hahahahaha!!!

  2. Case says:

    I mean. Eh. I like Anna Kendrick, but I don’t love when people toss around the term “trauma.” I know she was being hyperbolic, but still.

  3. Cate says:

    Nobody knew who she was before Twilight. She should be careful biting the hand that feeds. I’m not a fan so I’m a little salty.

    • mia girl says:

      i think maybe she‘s the one still a little salty that Stewart beat her out for the lead

      • Nievie says:

        wow i never knew that. those movies would have been so different if anna was the lead. Maybe they would have been better..

    • L84Tea says:

      I agree. Twilight is what made her a known face and name. And she shouldn’t be salty towards KS because frankly, Anna is the one with the better career at this point (not to mention an Oscar nomination). She should be thanking her lucky stars she got the Twilight gig.

      • Mumbles says:

        And yet, she called her book of personal essays (gag) “Scrappy Little Nobody.” She’s trying to create a brand of “aw guys I’m just like you!” when the reality is much different. It’s part of a personal branding effort.

      • BeanieBean says:

        She’s salty toward Portland, specifically the weather.

      • Lady D says:

        KS is the only American in history to be given France’s highest award for acting, a prestigious honour. She has also been awarded a BAFTA and a Cesar Award. She’s been awarded by the National Society of Film Critics and was given the New York Film Critics Circle Award along with about 30 other awards for her acting. If it matters, KS is also worth 3 1/2 times what Anna is worth.

    • tcbc says:

      I actually watched the video, and she wasn’t being shady. She spent the whole time complimenting the other people she worked with (singling out Stewart specifically on Twilight). She also gave props to the screenwriters of those movies, which actors never do, unless the director is also the writer.

      So I guess I might be a fan now.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      She’s not “biting” anyone here. She’s mildly complaining about the weather.

    • Algernon says:

      No one knew who Robert Pattinson was before Twilight and yet people love it when he says crappy things about those movies.

  4. Thaisajs says:

    I mean, she had to work in wet sneakers and it was cold? I think there are a lot of people who work in far worse conditions than that. I like Anna, but c’mon. Just no.

  5. Allz says:

    I’m not a twilight fan but I’m just not in the mood to hear celebrities complain about movie roles. We just read about Chris Hemsworth complaining about Thor, which gave him so much money and fame, and now Anna joking that her breakthrough role was a traumatic experience. This just feels so tone deaf right now.

  6. AMM says:

    This wasn’t as annoying as I thought it would be from the header. I don’t mind the actors trashing it, because it sucked and was problematic as hell. But almost no one associates her with Twilight, so I felt like bringing in up now would be an attention thing. But she was nice about the other actors and was just being hyperbolic about the PNW weather. And she apparently had good experiences too.

    As a southerner that had to live in the PNW for a few years, I can relate. I’ve honestly never seen a prettier place (when the weather was clear enough to see a view), but man was a I miserable with the gray skies and constant rain. I had to take prescription amounts of Vitamin D and would scope out even the smallest sun ray to sit under whenever I could. It did a number on my mental health. And for all the good I found in the PNW (the people, the two weeks of the most beautiful summer I’ve ever seen, the focus on healthy living and eco friendliness) I could never call it home.

    • Darla says:

      Yes, I had the same experience. I moved to Seattle to be with a bf who got tenure at the University of WA. I had to leave after a year. The relationship could not overcome the weather and what it did to me mentally. I was never happy. It was not a good experience.

    • Sportlady20 says:

      Native Oregonian here, yes the rain gets old but you get used to it. It’s gorgeous here, we have seasons. I do understand, I meet a lot of people who move here only to leave after one rainy year,
      I’m never leaving I just love it but to each their own.

      • Aims says:

        Same here sport. Native Oregonian as well. The rain doesn’t bother me either. The beauty and quality of life for myself, far outweighs the negative. I love Oregon and I’m probably a little too protective of the state we love.

      • L84Tea says:

        I live in Florida and have never been to Oregon in my life, but there is something about the rainy, misty look of the mountains there that I find so appealing. I would love to go see it one day.

      • Also Ali says:

        Native Floridian and I can deal with humidity and heat that make most tourists run for the AC.

        We live in the PNW and it IS gorgeous and summer, once it arrives, is magical but I have NOT gotten used to the wet cold. Wet cold is miserable weather. Wearing wet sneakers in the cold does suck. Probably not worth mentioning in connection with becoming famous, but she’s not wrong.

      • Lady D says:

        I live further up the coast in the PNW, but our weather is similar to yours. After 30 years of living there, the rain is just a fact of life. It’s a beautiful place to live, it really is, but it’s all that rain that makes it look that way.

    • Sara says:

      Same. I lived away from Buffalo for ten years. Prior to moving out, anyone who had moved there from somewhere else or was visiting for an extended period would tell me how gloomy it was most of the time. I never believed them. After moving back, I experienced Seasonal Affective Disorder for the first time in my life – or at least the first time I’d noticed it. Yes, weather does affect mental/emotional health. Yes, we have beautiful summers here but damn it is grey a lot.

      • ClaraBelle says:

        What’s funny is that Portland used to often be chilly and overcast even in the summer and only in more recent years do they actually have warm and often HOT summers due to global warming.

    • Nikki* says:

      I am a very resilient optimist, UNLESS IT KEEPS RAINING!! Had 2 weeks of rain, and I felt suicidal. I’m with Anna 100%. Cold and rainy is awful, and all the folks who say you get used to the rain there are not speaking for me!

    • Gigi says:

      They filmed in Forks and the Hoh Temperate Rainforest, and seriously, moss would grow between your toes if you stood in one place too long! Beautiful, yes, but oh my gosh! Native Washingtonian here, and my part of Washington is a desert in comparison.

  7. Katrine Troelsen says:

    ok so shit weather is a trauma? guess everyone in Scandinavia is traumatized everyday then. How do we survive actual trauma on top of soaked shoes?

    • Sara says:

      If you’ve lived there your whole life and are used to it, then no. If you’re moving from somewhere else where your brain is used to more sunshine, then yes. See the comment above yours and the replies. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing.

      • Katrine Troelsen says:

        Oh i know about SAD and people get that here too. Even if they are used to it. I still think, regardless of the comment above etc, that its really weird to call bad weather a trauma. Its just very… bratty. If Anna Kendrick got a mental illness from it, sure maybe that is a trauma. Then she should be more clear about getting a mental illness, if that is in fact what happened. But using trauma for every little thing you dont enjoy is obnoxious to people who have actually been traumatized. Rape is trauma. Cancer can be traumatic. Abortion can be trauma. Soaked Converse are not.

  8. Aims says:

    Portland resident here. As a matter of fact they filmed a lot in the city my bestfriend lived in, a scene was filmed in her hair salon. Is our weather great all the time? No, but she overly dramatic. The town they filmed in that was supposed to be Forks is actually very nice. It’s a small town located on the Colombia River. We get a lot of crap about our weather, but we have lovely summers and I feel like we get a bad wrap.

    • AMM says:

      For some people, the short summers just don’t make up for the weather the rest of the year. I have depression and the weather there fought off years of finding a good medicine and years of behavioral therapy. I had to start from scratch to learn how to cope in that environment. It’s just not for everybody.

    • Amelie says:

      Yeah for everyone who says “we have great summers” about places where the weather is crappy most of the year, I’m sorry but that doesn’t make it a place I’d want to move to. Some people can put up with constant rain/snow/terrible weather but I know for one I couldn’t.

      There’s a clip from a Jim Gaffigan comedy bit where he talks about being in Maine during the winter and how everyone kept telling him “you gotta come back during summer!” and he was like “That’s an odd way to greet someone!”. Basically how northern cities try to win over people by talking about how great their summers are, it’s pretty funny and less than a minute, you can check it out on his Facebook page here:

    • K says:

      “she overly dramatic” – that’s Anna Kendrick in a nutshell.

  9. Suz says:

    Meh. Literally everyone complains about their jobs at some point. NBD. There are more important battles to choose right now.

    • Katrine Troelsen says:

      I know right? And for actors to complain is very… I mean… I lost my job to corona and it appears as tho its not coming back. Ive been applying throughout the crisis but have not gotten a new job yet. So this comment from her is grating.

    • ravynrobyn says:

      @ SUZ-True dat!

      ETA-@ KATRINE TROELSEN-so sorry about your job. Sending you good luck & (((hugs))) for your job search!

  10. Other Renee says:

    I never realized how much weather influenced my mood til I moved from the east coast to Southern California. Rain, grey skies, clouds and cold weather depress me. I just cannot feel happy in such an environment. Am I happy every day of my life? Of course not. But seeing sunshine and blue skies make everything better for me. I could really be the poster child for seasonal affective disorder.

  11. nicegirl says:

    I was a member of background on Twilight. It was not a traumatic event for me. Lol

  12. Christine says:

    I’ve followed Anna for awhile and this is definitely her joking around. She’s had positive things to say about Twilight and even wrote about her experiences in her book. She has a quirky, almost self-deprecating sense of humor that out of context probably sounds off.

  13. Lady Baden-Baden says:

    Come on – she’s exaggerating for comedic purpose! We ALL do this! It’s clear from the way she says it that she’s not SERIOUSLY comparing a movie shoot and bad weather to a hostage situation!!

    • Tiffany :) says:

      THIS!!! I can’t believe people are getting so bent out of shape about this. She was not being literal, clearly!

  14. line says:

    The comparison to taking a hostage is far too exaggerated, the actors must really learn to weigh their words. Because you have the actresses who has be really traumatic experience during a filming .

    I have four examples that come to mind are:

    - Maria Schneider in Bertolucci’s Ultimo tango a Parigi who was raped by sodomy before the eyes of the whole film crew who did absolutely nothing because he thought it was part of the script. Except that the act should be simulated, but it had not been made aware of this staging, and she was only 19 years old at the time of the shooting of this film.

    - Shelley Duvall in the film Shining by Stanley Kubrick, who was psychologically tortured all along the shooting by director Kubrick who took malicious pleasure in belittle her daily.

    - Tippin Hedren in the birds of Alfred Hitchcock

    - Uman Thurman in Kill Bill

  15. really? says:

    … This is clearly hyperbole. Is that not allowed anymore?

    • MaryContrary says:

      No. Or any sense of humor. I would hate to have everything silly thing I ever said picked over and analyzed. And she’s an actress so of course she’s dramatic. I’m all for calling people out if they’re egregiously OTT-but this isn’t it.

    • Lady Baden-Baden says:

      It’s exhausting, right?

    • Coz' says:

      We should not joke anymore!
      I can tell you that my kind of humor would not go well with most celebitchies…since it’s either very dark or overly dramatic.

    • Marigold says:

      Yes, and she’s talking about the freaking weather. People who just enjoy “cancelling” people or finding ways to get morally high and mighty…have just murdered humor in social discourse.

      Really? She needs to “weigh her words” about the weather? /eye roll

  16. Amelie says:

    I watched that video on Youtube a few days ago so I was surprised to hear it wasn’t a great experience for her but she also said most of those comments in a jokey lighthearted way. She had great memories from all the other movies she mentioned and while Twilight got her attention, I think her breakout role was Up in the Air so it’s not like she has to pay lip service to the franchise for her current success.

  17. Bella says:

    Definitely a first world complaint when you complain about your feet being wet while working. Oregon is my adopted hometown and I embrace the 4 seasons while my quality of life improved tremendously since moving here. Btw, rainboots are a thing 😊.

  18. Faye G says:

    I live in Seattle and yeah, the weather really is that bad. Seasonal affective disorder is real and the nice summers don’t make up for the fact of 9 months of wet depressing weather.

    However, some people do not get SAD and love the rain. I can respect that, but the weather here is just not for me. Been trying to move out of state for a while.

  19. Melody says:

    I’d need therapy for those half-length eyebrows…

  20. Marigold says:

    Good grief. She was talking about the WEATHER.

    So not nice to mislead with headlines like that. I saw the entire VF thing this excerpt came from where she goes through her career, and she had nothing but nice things to say about the Twilight films. She was talking about how oppressive the weather was during filming on the first movie.

    By the by…when she talked about the second film, like the first thing she said was that the weather was SO much nicer during that shoot and that filming the second one was so much more pleasant.

  21. xo says:

    I thought the Stewart – Pattinson thing was a showmance.

    • Ani May says:

      I think it was….if anything, maybe a friends with benefits thing.

      Also im pretty sure that it was Anna who dated Robert before he got with Kristen.

  22. Awkward symphony says:

    I love her and if the viewers had terrible time watching it I cant imagine how horrible it was for her

  23. Algernon says:

    People gotta stop saying Twilight was her breakout role. Her breakout was Up in the Air, which she got because Jason Reitman saw her in movies she made before Twilight. If it weren’t for Up in the Air, no one would know who she is, just like no one can name the other human friends from Twilight. No one really “broke out” from Twilight except Kstew and Rpattz.