If you ask Robert Pattinson about Twilight, he’ll tell you it’s something he can’t escape and he’s happy it’s a thing of the past. Well, he’s not the only one. Kristen Stewart, who played Bella, has also shat all over the franchise and its plot-holes and ludicrousness. Add another star to the list! Anna Kendrick, who had a bit-part in the series as one of Bella’s human friends, has said that filming the movie was like a “hostage situation.” Who knew that Ellen DeGeneres operated Anna Kendrick’s thoughts and feelings?
Anna played high school friend, Jessica, in the Twilight movies and had like twenty lines total over the course of all the movies. But just because she didn’t have many lines doesn’t mean she didn’t put in the work on set, like stand around and shit. And apparently that sucked. The first film, made in the spring of 2008 and released in the fall of that same year, was one of Anna’s first big roles. She spoke with Vanity Fair about the history of her career, saying this about Twilight (via CinemaBlend):
“The first movie we filmed in Portland, Oregon, and I just remember being so cold and miserable. And 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.” Although, it was also kind of bonding. There was something about it, like if you go through some trauma event. Like you imagine people who survive a hostage situation, and you’re kind of bonded for life.”
She said the second movie, New Moon, was a bit more enjoyable because the weather wasn’t as shitty. Also, the studio didn’t stop her from filming Up In The Air, which was filming at the same time as New Moon. Anna got an Oscar nomination for Up In The Air. So she was lucky about that. Imagine missing an Oscar nomination for Twilight? Yikes. But Anna isn’t even really too sure what happened from one movie to the next:
“They all start to blend into one at some point, because my whole job was just to go like: “This family of very pale people who we never see eating–they’re really weird, right? Anyway…” What did I do in the third movie… Oh! I did the graduation speech in the third movie, that’s right! And I remember thinking like: “Oh why did they make my character the valedictorian, like she’s very obviously not a good student…” But they just wanted me to have something to do.”
People apparently compliment Anna on that speech. Well, I think that sums up the Twilight series pretty well. Everyone slobbering over some mediocre shit.
Here’s Anna talking about her career: