Anna Kendrick has a new interview with the Brisbane Times about her three new movies, ‘End of Watch’ (currently in theaters), ‘Pitch Perfect’ (also currently in theaters) and ‘The Company You Keep’, which will likely be released sometime next year. In the interview, she talks about her upbringing and how she first got attracted to cinema, attributing it to her father’s love for classics. She says, “When I was growing up, we had two art-house cinemas, which is pretty rare for a small town, and a video store with an unbelievable selection of movies. My dad, who got me into drama, was the guy who forced me to watch a lot of the classics. He let me rent one stupid movie, but then said, 'OK, but we're also getting Casablanca, or African Queen.”
She also talks about wanting to gain the type of acting skills that actors and actresses had in the 1940, saying, “There's something I appreciate in the style of acting and filmmaking from the 1930s and 1940s, where it really felt like the actors were willing to be a part of the composition of filmmaking and really work with the camera. You always hear stories about Marlene Dietrich, that she understood lighting better than most of her DPs. Nowadays, that would be perceived as vanity. But back then, it was just this woman who really understood the work she was doing. I want to understand how to work within the frame, the way actors from the 1930s and 1940s understood that, so that it's second nature [to me]."
When she’s asked about her relationship with Edgar Wright (who made Scott Pilgrim), she declined to comment, although she did say, "He's good, but I don't really talk about him.