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Anna Kendrick: ‘Twilight’ Money Helped Me Afford to Be in Indie Movies

The franchise helped her pay her rent while she did films for "no money."

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Anna Kendrick is a Broadway alumna, an Academy Award nominee, a singer and now an author. Her new book, “Scrappy Little Nobody,” is a a collection of autobiographical essays that give a personal and inside view into the actress’ life.

Kendrick began her career in theater productions and earned her first Tony nomination in 1998 at the age of 13, though many fans became familiar with the actress because of her supporting role in the “Twilight” franchise. In her memoir, she reveals how portraying Jessica Stanley really helped pay for bills while she went on to do indie movies.

“None of the other filmmakers I worked with during those years had ever seen ‘Twilight’” she wrote, per Vulture. “But the series kept me in room and board while I did their movies for no money. It was like the world’s most ridiculous day job.”

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She even described how being in “Up in the Air,” which earned her an Oscar nomination, didn’t really change her life in comparison to “Twilight.” “I felt like a fraud! I was being flown around, staying in hotels I could never afford and putting on clothes that someone else picked out,” she explained about being on press tours. “When I went home, I dragged a suitcase full of those items I didn’t own across my tar-stained carpet and dumped it out at the foot of my Ikea bed.”

In her book, Kendrick also described being in her first film “Camp.” The movie received mixed to positive reviews, but earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination. “Many people who thought they were going to see a musical ‘American Pie’ were turned off by the homosexuality, cross-dressing, and vintage synthesizers. They were also less forgiving of the uneven quality of the film,” she wrote. “Being in that theater at Sundance was one of the great memories of my career, and maybe my life, so far.” 

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Kendrick was last seen opposite Ben Affleck in “The Accountant” and heard in “Trolls,” which was released this past weekend. She’ll next star in the comedy “Table 19,” out March 3, 2017, and “Pitch Perfect 3.”

“Scrappy Little Nobody” was released on November 15.

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