If you are ready for pitch perfect tones and inflections, accompanied by a side of NO Filter, then I bet you are ready to meet Anna Kendrick and Rob Marshall! This interview with Rob Marshall and Anna Kendrick was about as surreal as it gets for me, as Rob Marshall is a Pittsburgh, CMU Grad and of course being a Chatham University gal, I could not wait to meet him. Anna is a petite, forthright lady that knows her stage, audience and herself, and this Cinderella is not going to get burned by those fireplace ashes! Get ready to meet the Cinderella of the future, the girl that gets her man, but goes with her gut, because she is strong enough to trust herself. Flock like the birds that help Cinderella and meet the real-live gal that dusts those ashes off of Cinderella and prepares her for life: Anna Kendrick. Let’s go Into The Woods with these most amazing people!
Anna Kendrick and Rob Marshall
A petite-framed Anna Kendrick, accompanied by the most impressive and accomplished Rob Marshall enter our room and we are all excited to meet! Today, we are interviewing Anna and Rob, and talking all about musicals, and movies and of course Into The Woods!
Let’s Talk Musicals With Rob Marshall
When you watch a movie, you want to relocate to another place, kind of an out-of-body experience where you feel like you are there, but you know you have never left your safe zone, your chair! A great movie, inspires, and transports you from the mediocrity of life into that place, far, far away. Movies that offer a bit more, such as a musical are pure extensions of acting and speaking and a musical that is well done will leave you not even realizing that the movie has transitioned from speaking parts to singing parts as you become woven into the movie itself.
Rob Marshall explained to us that the COMPANY(Meryl, Christine, Tracey, James, Anna, Emily, et. al) clearly defines this musical
“A company is everyone working together. I mean it’s as simple as that. That’s what it is. Everybody working together for the same thing and, you know, when I cast people I only, I not only cast them for the talent and for playing the roles but I also cast them for who they are and I have to have around me people I like and people that are wonderful to work with and are there for the right reasons, you know, and I’ve certainly come across actors that sometimes aren’t exactly there for the whole, you know, what I mean? It’s about them and this, this piece in particular in an ensemble piece.”
The Movie — Anna Kendrick as Cinderella
The complexity of this particular musical is how intertwined each character is with the the other, and at the very end of the movie, when each character from Cinderella to The Baker are singing and their songs are overlapping, you kind of ‘get’ how involved the depth of singing was on the musical and you appreciate the depth of acting….At least this is in my opinion after viewing the movie and reviewing the scenes in my mind over and over!
Anna Kendrick Says…
You might think that Anna Kendrick had this completely under her power, and of course she totally nailed the songs and all of the acting, but she was worried about the music being a bit intimidating as after all it was a Sondheim piece. Anna said, “It was an equalizer ‘cause we were all terrified and there’s nothing like terror, to make you forget what you thought the hierarchy was going to be when you arrived, you know. That there would be a feeling of a food chain or something and to be just in it doing the work, especially when we were all so intimidated by the music. It just made you realize we’re all in the same boat here.”(discussing Meryl, Tracey, James, Emily, etc)
Rob Marshall added to Anna’s credibility(which he did not need to do, because if you have seen her in any film, or on stage you know her power and range, but this just further validates her star power) as he lends this bit of information: “Anna’s an Oscar nominated actor who’s done enormous amount of beautiful work on film and on stage but to see the full range of what she has and to be able to open that up, you know, it’s an exposing thing as an actor, to be able to let you in and Anna lets you in this movie. She lets you into this person who’s indecisive and not sure and wrestling with her, with what she’s feeling and it’s a very brave personal, beautiful performance and I’m very proud of it. Very proud of her.”
Of course Anna blushed a bit as you can see here, after all it is Rob Marshall complimenting her and you can see Rob is beaming with pride!
After listening to Anna Kendrick speak and hearing Rob discuss the pure elegance of a fun musical that translates well into a movie, it is no wonder that the only place to go is Into The Woods! The strength of Cinderella in this tale is not only the voice and acting behind the character(Kendrick) but also the underlying story and premises as best stated by Anna “we find ourselves in situations or committing to certain things that, you know, our gut is telling us is not gonna make us happy or is gonna be harder in the long run.” In Cinderella’s case it was just ridding a guy out of her life that really was not going to make her happy, she just, let him go!
One of my favorite moments of the interview was when Anna called Chris Pine’s character, The Prince out, just for what he was.. see my tweet for a bit of elaboration and detail below! Thanks for this great laugh Anna!
— dana vee (@danavento) December 19, 2014
If you are ready to lavishly live entertainment out loud, and listen to melodious tones, spectate a nice depth of acting and see a character grow as the movie grows from beginning to end you are truly ready to enter Into The Woods! It was the truest pleasure to actually meet and chat with Rob Marshall and Anna Kendrick and I also was able to stop and talk a bit to Rob Marshall, which of course was nothing short of amazing ~ thank you Rob, hope to meet up with you when you are in Pittsburgh for a visit! Lavishly living entertainment out loud, this is Dana!