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Kendrick: I surprise people

Published 25/05/2015

Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick thinks she is “trouble adjacent”.

The Pitch Perfect 2 actress is five foot two inches in height. But the 29-year-old is not fazed by her short stature, as she’s got a voice that more than makes up for it.

“I've always had volume on my side, the big-voice-in-a-small-package thing. I surprise people,” she told the American edition of Esquire. “I just finished this movie with Ben Affleck, a big guy, and when you listen to the playback of a scene with the two of us and it's his turn to speak, often you can't hear anything. Nothing. Then, like a knife, you hear my voice, and I'm thinking, ‘Oh my God, of the two of us, how can Affleck be the soft-spoken one? How can I sound so shrill?’"

Anna admits she used to have a problem with her height when she was younger. But now she’s older and wiser, she doesn’t think it’s something that has ever held her back.

"I love it now. Why wouldn't you want to be a little compact being?" she questioned. “I used to think that guys preferred tall women. But plenty of them like short girls. I have the advantage of being pretty small, so if I'm flying myself, I'm flying coach. To save the money. I just put in my headphones and it's no big thing. I keep my head down, wear a hoodie or a hat—but sometimes not even that. I'm small. People miss me."

Despite thinking that she can be overlooked because of her stature, Anna didn’t feel the need to use it to her advantage to get away with stuff when she was a kid.

“I think I'm trouble-adjacent," she added. "I remember hearing once that good girls don't get caught. I think that's sort of a lot of what my teen years were like. I skirted the stuff that other kids were doing because the idea of actually getting in trouble was not appealing to me, but I still wanted to have adventures.”

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