Movieline talked with Anna about her various movie projects, including Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Live With It, and The Twilight Saga, plus the rigors of Oscar season.
You’re in the upcoming cancer comedy Live With It, with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Tell me a little bit how you got involved, because I know there was a director shakeup early on. Were you attached before Nicole Holofcener left the movie?
No, I’d met with [producer] Nathan Kahane before Up in the Air came out, and I thought that was a pretty good meeting, but I wasn’t officially attached at all until Jonathan Levine came on board. He’d seen Rocket Science and Up in the Air, and I really wanted to be a part of this film. My meeting with Nathan had been months and months before, and I was sort of disappointed that I hadn’t heard anything over time, but over Christmas, they offered it to me and I was so excited.
And who do you play in that?
I play a sort of well-meaning but inexperienced — and maybe not very talented — social worker to Joe’s character, who has cancer. She’s definitely supposed to be helping him, but she ends up being more of an obstacle than a helping hand at certain points. She’s very enthusiastic, but she’s maybe not the help that he’s looking for.
Now, I had thought that you’re done with the Twilight films, but IMDb lists you as being part of Breaking Dawn. Is that an error?
IMDb never lies, so… [Laughs] I honestly don’t know. The honest-to-God truth is that I have not talked to [screenwriter] Melissa Rosenberg about it.
How does it feel to be done with that franchise?
I feel like I got to go in and do my little silliness and try to be funny in the time that I was given. It was cool to be a part of something from the beginning when we had no idea what it was going to become, but it’s not really my movie, it’s not my experience. I’m just happy to have been along for the ride.
Read the full Q&A here.