Cinema blend names Anna Kendrick one of the next actors to be on the “A” list.
An A-lister is the person Hollywood goes to when they want a sure thing. Their name goes on the poster along with their face. Everyone else ends up somewhere in the background. They’ll carry at least a strong portion of the running time (though sometimes less than half), and ultimately, the success or failure of the film will affect their earning power more than anyone else’s. They’ll have an uncanny knack for getting their ideal projects greenlit and it wouldn’t seem weird if you heard two different tables at the same restaurant having a conversation about said person. They don’t necessarily need to be on a Julia Roberts level.
On the surface Anna Kendrick seems eternally suited to be pigeonholed in the thankless role of best friend to whoever it is they’ve hired to play the movie’s lead. Anna Kendrick would be doomed to spend her character actress life in a world revolving around the part someone else is playing. But Kendrick’s better than that in whatever movie she’s in, no matter how she’s used there’s always the sense that she’s that girl you know, and will probably meet again. She seems real, in a way so few others have, and when given the opportunity to do something other than play the best friend, she knocked it out of the park. Maybe she’ll keep playing the supporting role for a few more years, but when you watch Anna Kendrick there’s the sense that she has something pretty great inside her somewhere. She seems real, in a way too few Hollywood actresses do. She’s more than just the lead character’s best friend, she’s your best friend too, and too rare to leave her stranded at fourth billing in someone else’s film.
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