By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
HOLLYWOOD—Actress and singer Anna Kendrick has followed up an outstanding performance in the big screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” with yet another memorable musical piece. Though less grandiose, the big screen version of Jason Robert Brown’s acclaimed “The Last Five Years,” proved to be much more demanding as it mostly revolves around her and one other main character in the film.
She plays Cathy, an aspiring actress, who falls in love with young novelist named Jamie (Jeremy Jordan). As his career takes off and hers flounders, they drift apart.
The Maine native explained that she was thrilled to be starring in the contemporary musical, whose 2001 stage version won a Drama Desk award, and has been staged in various countries around the world ever since. Though she is a fan of Brown’s other work, Kendrick says she was unfamiliar with “The Last Five Years.” She made it her job to go by director/adapter Richard LaGravenese’s screenplay.
Having appeared in the “Twilight” series, Kendrick also starred in the music-filled comedy “Pitch Perfect,” the upcoming sequel “Pitch Perfect 2.” The 29-year-old insists that it is simply coincidence that some of her more recent films have involved music.
She was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role in the 2009 film “Up in the Air,” in which she co-starred with George Clooney—and did not sing.
Her other film credits include “Life After Beth” “Rocket Science” and “Camp.” In 1998, at the age of 12, Kendrick was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for “High Society.” She also has the upcoming film “The Hollars” due out later this year.
Kendrick is scheduled to perform at the 87th Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, which will air live Sunday, Feb. 22, on ABC. The gala ceremony is expected to draw millions of viewers around the globe.
At a recent press conference, the perky and petite actress couldn’t say what exactly she would be doing at the Oscars.
“I couldn’t divulge secrets if I tried because it was described to me very vaguely,” she insists.