Anna Kendrick on Ditching Her "Bag of Tricks" and "Trusting Her Instincts" While Making "Alice, Darling"

Anna Kendrick on Ditching Her "Bag of Tricks" and "Trusting Her Instincts" While Making "Alice, Darl ...

Anna Kendrick has accomplished quite a lot over the years. From Twilight to Up in the Air, she has won an Academy Award nomination, helped transform Pitch Perfect into a beloved franchise, and then some.

Alice, Darling, is played by Kendrick as a young woman in a relationship with a psychologically abusive boyfriend (Charlie Carrick). While on vacation with her two closest friends, Tess (Kaniehtiio Horn) and Sophie (Wunmi Mosaku), they notice her struggling and try to figure out how to assist Alice recognize the situation she is in and rediscover her true self.

Kendrick, Horn, Carrick, and director Mary Nighy met at the Marbl Collider Supper Suite and Media Studio to discuss their experiences bringing Alice's story to life.

Katie Bird Nolan and Lindsay Tapscott of Babe Nation were the initial collaborators of Alice and Darling, and only after Alice and Darling contacted Nighy they decided to pursue the project. What was it about the script that reassured Nighy that this was the one?

When I received the script, I remembered a line from a director who said to her that you should direct the films you feel you know a secret about, or the scripts you feel you know a secret about. And I suppose there's many methods of interpreting that, but when I read Alice, Darling, I felt I knew I could do something quite interesting with it. Obviously, what I wanted to do was connect the dots between you and the character.

Alice and Darling was different. It required that Kendrick unlearn things she's done in the past and simply trust herself. Here's how she put it:

I realized that I've sort of gotten into this habit of knowing how to behave for video village and for the dailies, and there are tools in my bag of tricks that I can always look for to make sure that everyone at video village is happy, and that eventually becomes a little soul crushing. I know it's difficult to trust that even if the dailies aren't sparkling, it will be a whole movie, because I know that what's happening inside me is true.

Kendrick, Horn, and Mosaku all had a role to play as trusting individuals. Kendrick took a moment to explain why Horn loves her.

"I'd be like, I've never seen you before, and then we're over there and I'm just like, Yes, I'm fully obsessed with this girl." Her bringing that little bit of vulnerability was fantastic because as a performer and as a person, she's incredibly strong.

Kendrick approves of Horn. Yes, it's important to go big in delivering one's own work, but it's equally important (if not more so) for scene partners to be there for each other, and that's something Horn took very seriously when directing Alice and Darling.

I just knew what my role was as a performer and as Tess, and it was all to help my friend, to support Anna, to be there, to help Anna in the scenes, to be there, to help her whenever you needed, you know? And then, as Tess, it's almost like we're chatting about this other person and we're both trying to be there, again, as actors for this person who's doing a fantastic job at such a complex, complicated roll.

Are you interested in learning more about the team's involvement in making Alice, Darling? You can find just that in the video interview at the top of this article!

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