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Anna Kendrick gets ‘playfully offended’

How the ‘ParaNorman’ star got her part as an annoying teenage girl based on the sound of her voice.

Anna Kendrick assumed she got her part in Laika's stop-motion animated "ParaNorman" -- as the title character's obnoxious older sister -- because of her work in the "Twilight" series. But that wasn't exactly the case. Luckily, the Oscar-nominated actress knows how to take even the most awkward of compliments.



When you're cast to do a voice for a character some could describe as annoying, how do you take that?

Well, it was funny because actually I had assumed this was the first job offer I'd ever gotten because of "Twilight." Because everything else is sort of based on "Rocket Science" or "Up in the Air" -- and now "50/50" and so on and so forth. This is such a different character that I thought this has to be based on my character in "Twilight." I asked them about it, and they said they'd never seen "Twilight" and they just heard my voice in an interview and thought it would be good, and I was like, "I don't know how to take that at all. Thank you, I think?" (laughs) You know, I was like playfully offended.

Did you make it up to the Laika studio in Portland, Oregon?

All my [voice recording] sessions were in L.A., but I did make a special trip up to Laika just to see the sets, and I saw them when they were being taken apart so I got to kind of walk around in them, and that was really special ... All the other actors were jealous that I got to walk through and take pictures, like, inside the set -- as a 50-foot woman.

Did you take anything with you, like slip a tree in your pocket or something?

Oh, no. I considered it, but I thought I'd get in trouble. They gave me a mini bust of Courtney, which is hilarious because she's so silly, and to have this really stately bust of her on my bookshelf is great. She's got a lot of ... physicality to work with.

After starting in theater, you made your move to film with “Camp” almost 10 years ago.

That was a really special first experience to have, and I’m really glad that it worked out that way because I think if I’d been plopped into a normal film set, I think I would’ve been utterly bewildered and terrified. The fact that it was about musical theater and we were all first-time film actors just made it a really easy environment to ask questions and understand the process of filmmaking, and I think it really made me embrace filmmaking.

And you’re singing again in “Pitch Perfect” this fall.

I never really know what to say about it. It’s funny because I geeked out extra hard when we got there and we were learning all the music. I live for that s---. Once I got there, I was like, “This is the best thing ever!” I was like a pig in mud, just bathing in dorkiness.

 
 
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