Anna Kendrick covers the June 2015 issue of Glamour, where she is promoting her new film, Pitch Perfect 2.
On the uncertainty of the next job: “As an actress you’re perpetually about to be unemployed. That fear — when you have two parents who worked 9-to-5 jobs and went through periods of being unemployed — is real. Those were not welcome times in my childhood. Working 14 hours a day isn’t sustainable, but I prefer it [to doing fewer films]. I might as well be doing the thing that I wanted to do my whole life.”
On turning 30: “I felt different at 29 because 29, to me, is 30. There are times when I still feel like an actual toddler in a grown-up — well, semi grown-up—body. But other times I can’t wait to actually be 30, just so I can say things like, ‘I’m 30. I don’t have time for that. Fuck off!'”
On developing her sense of humor: “I didn’t feel I was extraordinary in terms of looks or academia. I was like, ‘Well, I can take a joke and I can make one too. I’ve got that going for me!’ So I leaned into that. There was a sense of, ‘I refuse to allow you to make me feel uncomfortable.’ That carried over into adulthood. I’m not saying it’s healthy. It’s a defense mechanism, but it’s one that serves me well.”
On Hollywood sexism: “All the films nominated [for a Best Picture Oscar] this year had male leads. Like, every single one. So I’m glad that [equality’s] feeling like a bigger issue now. There’s [a film I’m considering] now where I have to wait for all the male roles to be cast before I can even become a part of the conversation. Part of me gets that. Part of me is like, ‘What the fuck? You have to cast for females based on who’s cast as males?’ To me, the only explanation is that there are so many fucking talented girls, and from a business standpoint it’s easier to find women to match the men. I totally stand by the belief that there are 10 unbelievably talented women for every role.”
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