Anna Kendrick Thought Her ‘Twilight’ Character Was an ‘Idiot,’ But Improvised a Clever ‘New Moon’ Quote

by Jeremy Spirogis
Anna Kendrick at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on Sept. 28, 2019.

Anna Kendrick has been on a roll since Pitch Perfect. She has excellent comedic timing and she or he’s such a pleasant and entrancing lead. Of course, that wasn’t her first position. One of her earlier roles was Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga. If you’ve learn the books, you understand that Jessica is as 2-dimensional as they will get with facet characters. Kendrick elevated her a lot. 

Anna Kendrick at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on Sept. 28, 2019.
Anna Kendrick on the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on Sept. 28, 2019 | ANGELA WEISS/AFP by way of Getty Images)

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Anna Kendrick performed such a memorable Jessica Stanley

In the Twilight books, Jessica Stanley is, as acknowledged above, very fundamental to place it plainly (no pun meant). She actually solely serves the aim because the liaison between Bella and Edward via her ideas, after which as a kind of catty “friend” of Bella’s. She’s isn’t outright imply, however she is fairly self-involved. 

In New Moon, she is somebody who Bella tries to latch onto when she’s pressured to come back again to human life after her huge depressive episode when Edward leaves. Jessica doesn’t welcome her again with open arms. Past that e-book, she doesn’t actually have any vital position. 

But with Kendrick as Jessica, her charisma and hilarity introduced a brand new life to the character. Sure, she was nonetheless egocentric and catty, however a bit extra fascinating. And not as a lot of an “idiot,” as Kendrick known as her. 

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Kendrick improvised such a intelligent line in ‘New Moon,’ regardless of Jessica being ‘an idiot’

In an interview with The A.V. Club in 2011, Kendrick was selling her new film on the time, 50/50, and received into the subject of “idiots” in motion pictures.

“A genuine idiot on-screen is not that interesting,” she stated. “Jessica in Twilight is an fool, however among the dialogue they provide me is intelligent.”

One of the strains that made Jessica not as idiotic, and due to this fact much less boring, was her bitter angle when she accompanies Bella to the flicks in New Moon

“One of the issues I improvised in New Moon was about zombie movies being self-referential,” she stated. “A girl like that wouldn’t say things like that, but it makes sense because it’s more interesting.”

Kendrick was so good at enhancing Jessica’s half that she made us all neglect that Jessica’s nonetheless imply and a little bit of a moron. 

“It’s nearly like Calvin And Hobbes, the place it’s extra fascinating to let a personality articulate what they imply,” Kendrick elaborated. “You can see how vulnerable or how ignorant or inexperienced they may be, but we’re just articulating that in a way that the audience can see it.”

Even Jessica’s valedictorian speech wasn’t nearly as good as everybody remembered

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In a latest video for Vanity Fair, Kendrick broke down her profession and touched on her time as Jessica in The Twilight Saga. She couldn’t’ precisely bear in mind what she did in Eclipse, however then revealed that her valedictorian speech wasn’t really nearly as good as some give her credit score for. 

“I remember thinking like ‘Oh, why did they make my character the valedictorian?’ Like she’s very obviously not a good student,” Kendrick stated. “But, you know, they just wanted me to like have something to do because it was a speech. So I just like did what was scripted and I swear, that scene, people are like, ‘You know, that speech that you give in that third movie, it’s really sweet. It’s really moving.” 

Kendrick, once more, introduced a brand new life to Jessica. But she credit Kristen Stewart for promoting the speech in that film. 

“I did all right, but I was just kinda like I dunno, I’m reading the speech,” she defined. “And then it cuts to Kristen, she’s so moved because she’s so talented… And I’m like, ‘No, it’s just her and she’s great.’”

Even if Stewart as Bella bought that speech, Kendrick bought Jessica. And that’s a memorable feat for certain. 

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