Anna Kendrick, many may not know, got her start on Broadway at the young age of 12, in a production that earned her a Tony Award nomination. Since then, she’s built up quite a career on the silver screen, taking on smaller roles at first and then exploding onto the scene with the first Twilight film. Now, she’s lining up roles left and right, and word is she’s just signed on to star with Zac Efron in an upcoming comedy.
The film, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, stars Efron and Adam DeVine as best friends who are low in both the maturity and female department. When they’re invited to a wedding, they post an ad online to find two girls who are willing to go as their dates, only to find two wild young ladies who like to party even more than they do.
It’s not clear whether Kendrick will show off her singing voice in this one, although she’s not afraid to let the songs fly elsewhere; the star has displayed her considerable talents in two Pitch Perfect films (which also co-star DeVine), Into the Woods, and The Last Five Years.
Kendrick has another wedding movie coming up — Table 19, with Lisa Kudrow — as well as The Hollars, Get a Job, Mr. Right, and The Accountant. The Hollars is the directorial debut of John Krasinski of The Office, whose wife, Emily Blunt, coincidentally starred with Anna in Into the Woods.
That’s a lot of jobs! According to IMDb, Kendrick has eight projects coming out between now and next year. Because she’s so busy, she says she needs a lot of rest, otherwise the fatigue shows.
“I’m not one who can get by on six hours sleep night after night. You can see it on my face and hear it in my voice. When working 14-hour days, I have to go home, go to sleep and wake up in time for crew call. I hate naps. They throw me off the rest of the day,” Anna told the Los Angeles Times.
Kendrick said in a recent interview with the Toronto Star that she stays busy because even when she has several projects coming up, she feels like she’s not doing enough.
“I guess I am making a lot of movies, huh? I had three films at Sundance, three films at TIFF. Maybe I should just start saying no to stuff. But it doesn’t feel like I’m doing too much, because every time I’m not working, I sit there and moan, ‘What am I doing with my life?'”
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