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Twilight’s Anna Kendrick is a rising star

By Kim Palacios

Her role as Jessica Stanley in the Twilight Saga movies may be small, but Anna Kendrick is making it big. That’s why fans were so impressed (but not surprised) to see her as a guest at last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

As with all star-studded events, fashionistas and scenesters commented on celebrity attire, and Kendrick was no exception. Praised for her couture gown (style pundits loved her pale lavender Elie Saab), Kendrick also scored wins with her public by tweeting about her experience during the event.

The stardom that Kendrick has experienced in recent years stands in stark relief to that of “Twilight” co-stars, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner. Whereas the popularity of the latter three has been rooted in large roles and their ability to cultivate feverish fan-bases (which translates to money for movie studios, merchandisers, and marketers), Kendrick has made her name based purely on critical acclaim. Her Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actress in the 2009 film “Up in the Air” catapulted her forward to give some modicum of instant artistic credibility. Whereas Kendrick’s talent remains unchallenged, critics of Kristen and Rob still question whether either can really act.

Her appearance at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner only adds to the sentiment that Kendrick is to be taken seriously. That just goes to prove the old adage about there being no such thing as a small part.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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  • May 3, 2010 | Permalink |

    I very much agree with what you said. She has the credibility, charisma and talent the three leads of the Twilight films could only dream of having.
    I am very excited to see where she goes next. I reckon she will have an incredible career.

  • May 6, 2010 | Permalink |

    you think so? i wonder how much money she has made so far also for rm it took 16 million to make and right now it’s more that 55ml ok and i only think it did not make much bcause the critics shot it down but the rest of the world kinda cool about the movie at least they know who rpattz is anna kendricks may be only known or famous in the usa do a survey and ask around rob stii brought to summit,

  • May 15, 2010 | Permalink |

    @monique…what’s the use of being popular and famous if you’re not good enough to do what you’re being paid highly for, in the first place? Robert Pattinson is only popular because of the character Edward Cullen, and not because of his acting skills which suck btw. And he landed a role in ‘Remember Me’, only because he’s popular. Anna Kendrick is a wonderful young actress, who deserves every bit of critical acclaim and adulation that she’s receiving. If you want to check out the acting skills of a real (serious) young actor in Hollywood, look no further than Carey Mulligan. She can easily put Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner to shame.

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