“My Movie Life” by Anna Kendrick!
Anna Kendrick recently chose her personal picks for Sky Movies and Empire! Do you relate with any of her answers?
What was the first movie you ever saw?
I can’t remember the first movie I ever saw, but the first movie I ever ran away from because I thought it was too scary was Fiddler On The Roof. It was the first movie I had ever seen that didn’t have a happy ending. My parents had to explain to me – at great length – that the movie was actually over.
What was the movie that inspired you to go into movies?
Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance in In The Name Of The Father made me realise what movies could do. But the super-cheesy answer to that which is probably more accurate is Life With Mikey, which is about a child talent agency. I desperately wanted to be this chubby little girl who sang at the end of that movie.
What was the last movie you saw that reminded you of your childhood?
We were just in the recording studio for Into The Woods and The Rescuers Down Under came on, and Emily Blunt and I and a bunch of PAs sat around watching it. It’s one of those movies I have a fever-dream memory of, like you watched it when you were so little that you’re not sure whether you imagined the entire movie. It was amazing to watch those two little mice get on that seagull.
What was the last movie that made you cry with laughter?
I saw Alpha Papa. That was truly and deeply funny. I love old screwball comedies: Bringing Up Baby, Arsenic And Old Lace, stuff like that. But my two favourite modern comedies are Wet Hot American Summer and Hot Fuzz.
What was the last movie that made you cry?
About Time. I just saw it a couple of days ago. Nobody can do an emotional gut-punch like Richard Curtis. I wept like a child thinking about my dad and my mom and childhood memories. I cry in almost every single movie. It’s just a good feeling for me to sit in the dark and cry over something that has nothing to do with my real life. Even if there is a perfunctory emotional scene in an otherwise funny movie, I will cry just because I can.
What was the last movie that you watched from behind a pillow?
I watched a Korean film, A Tale Of Two Sisters. Super-scary.
What was the last movie that made you want to download the music?
The last time I can remember going immediately onto iTunes after the movie was over was Hanna, the Joe Wright film. This is such a pedestrian answer but I thought it would be great for my workout mix.
What was the last movie you saw that you couldn’t stop thinking about?
Dreams Of A Life. First of all, know as little about it as you can and see it with someone you love: friends, family, doesn’t matter. That’s the best piece of advice I can give you. It’s a documentary about this woman who dies anonymously. That’s all you can say. It is so fantastic and so haunting. If you haven’t seen it, you’re in for a treat.
What was the last movie you watched that you wished you’d appeared in?
Oh, that’s so hard! I guess The Hobbit. I feel like I can’t wish with my whole heart for a role I could have actually played because that is a dangerous area to be in. So sometimes I imagine playing male roles – playing Bilbo Baggins would have been fun.
What was the last movie that inspired your fashion sense?
Hitchcock movies always make me want to get dressed up. Rear Window, To Catch A Thief, The Man Who Knew Too Much – the dresses were half the movie. When they do that thing at the beginning of the movie,”Miss Kelly’s dresses by…”, you know they went deep with the wardrobe.
What was the last movie that taught you a life skill?
I did a movie where I had to learn cooking skills, knife skills. But I chopped my finger nail clean off. The life lesson I learned was that I should just stay away from knives. Just stick to microwaving things, I think.
What will be the next movie you see?
Prisoners, and I’m dying to see Gravity.