How Anna Kendrick Stepped Out Of Kristen Stewart's Shadow

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Anna Kendrick may have started out as Kristen Stewart's sidekick of sorts in Twilight but she has proven that she deserves to be on the spotlight too.

The 36-year-old actress has made quite a name for herself, starring in box office franchise Pitch Perfect and HBO series Love Life, which she both stars in and produces.

Scroll down to see Anna's rise to stardom.

Anna Kendrick In The Twilight Movies

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Kendrick's first big movie role was in the Twilight saga. She played Bella's friend Jessica Stanley, who didn't really have much significance in the series.

Anna shared in a video for Vanity Fair that she was actually miserable filming the first film because the weather in Portland, Oregon was so cold.

"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."

Theater Background

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While a lot of people think that Twilight was Kendrick's first try at acting, she actually started her career when she was 12 year old.

She first started in theater, landing a role in 1998 Broadway musical High Society. Her impressive performance earned her a nomination for a Tony award, making her one of the youngest theater actors to be nominated.

Her talent for singing was apparent early on. This eventually led her to more musical roles in film, including Trolls, Into The Woods and Pitch Perfect.

Anna Kendrick Dedicates Performance For Emily Blunt

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Anna's performance prowess isn't reserved for the Broadway stage alone. She has also performed for the Lip Sync Battle stage, battling it out with actor John Krasinki, not just for the winning title but also for Emily Blunt's heart.

Kendrick taunted Krasinski by dedicating her performance of One Direction's 'Steal My Girl' to his wife. She even wore a t-shirt printed with a heart-shaped photo of herself and Blunt, as she serenaded a TV screen with pictures of the British actress.

Watch Anna's winning performance below:

Success Of HBO's 'Love Life' Series


Currently, Kendrick has also found success in TV, starring in and producing hit HBO romantic anthology series Love Life.

In the show, she plays the charming New Yorker Darby Carter, who is navigating her love life after a heartbreak.

The first and second seasons of the show were a huge success, prompting viewers to demand a third installment. There are no confirmations yet but it is likely that the show will be returning for a third season.