Anna Kendrick: “I don’t really have a career strategy”

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Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect 2

“The memory that at one point I couldn’t book a guest spot on Gilmore Girls is always on my mind. There is someone else out there who can do my job.” – Anna Kendrick

Believe it or not, Anna Kendrick hasn’t been in every musical-themed movie in the last few years. But considering she has been in Pitch Perfect, The Last Five Years, Into the Woods, and the upcoming Pitch Perfect 2 — among a dozen other recent movies without music too — it’s possible that you thought otherwise. In an interview with the New York Times, Kendrick explained why she works so often and how she chooses the projects she does.

Kendrick admits that she doesn’t meticulously plot out his career. She explains, “In case you can’t tell, I don’t really have a career strategy. My decisions are entirely based on, ‘Well, I’m around, and this is something that the 15-year-old me would be excited to do.'”

Part of that has to do with her upbringing — Kendrick was raised in a working class family and is used to seeing people working every day. She says, “When you grow up middle class, you just always feel like you’ve got to be working or you won’t be able to pay the bills. I never let myself forget that I can’t just put this down and expect it to be waiting for me when I feel like coming back to it. The memory that at one point I couldn’t book a guest spot on Gilmore Girls is always on my mind. There is someone else out there who can do my job.”

Although I’m sure whomever beat Kendrick out for that guest spot on Gilmore Girls isn’t working as hard as Kendrick is now, right?

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In college, overachiever Christopher McKittrick double-majored in Film and English because he loves to read, write, and watch movies. Since then Chris – who was born and raised on Long Island, New York and currently lives in Queens – has become a published author of fiction and non-fiction, a contributor to entertainment websites, and has spoken about literature, film, and comic books at various conferences across the country when he’s not getting into trouble in New York City (apparently it’s illegal to sleep on street corners...)For more information about Chris, visit his website here!

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