Anna Kendrick Says 'Pitch Perfect' Character Beca Is a 'Wish Fulfillment'

Anna Kendrick Says 'Pitch Perfect' Character Beca Is a 'Wish Fulfillment'

Pitch Perfect 3 is finally in theaters and Anna Kendrick opened up about her character Beca.

The actress opened up how Beca is a bit of everything that you’re afraid to be or aspire to be.

“I do feel like Beca is a little bit of wish fulfillment, because she definitely is very savvy and knows herself,” Anna told Elle. “I think a lot of characters are wish fulfillment. You wish you were a little cooler or that you stood up for yourself a little more. That’s one of the nice things about movies, I guess.”

“If it’s a character you want to root for, you do want them to say the things that you wish you’d said,” she continued. “In the shower, all I do is go back and say the things that I wish I had said. I think I’m really terrible with confrontation. I’m either way too meek, or I explode and get really emotional. Then I feel like an idiot, because I should’ve kept my cool.”

Click inside to see what Anna said about dumping a boyfriend because he overstepped her boundaries…

“I think that this is definitely a moment in culture. It’s like everybody is articulating the same feelings at the same time,” she said. “It’s giving voice to something that I’ve felt for a long time. There’s this anecdote that I think about from when I was younger. I was dating a guy. He tickled me playfully, and I said, ‘I know that’s cute and that people do it, but I really don’t like being tickled. It really makes me feel trapped and panicked. I know it’s silly and funny for most people, but I really hate it, so could you please not?’ He thought that it was really dumb that I had a problem with being tickled and did it anyway.”

“I broke up with him. And I knew that in the retelling of that story, I would be some crazy girl. You never want to be labeled ‘the crazy girl’….” Anna added. “That he would tell his friends, ‘Oh, she broke up with me, because I tickled her. What a psycho.’ I just had to go, ‘No, I broke up with you because I told you something was important to me, and you didn’t respect that.’ I knew that he wouldn’t necessarily frame it that way in his mind, and I just had to be okay with that. Which sucks, because you want to be understood. But that’s the person I am. I knew that my feelings mattered, but I didn’t really have the vocabulary to talk about it. I didn’t really know how to say to a guy, ‘But this is how I feel. It should matter to you if you care about me.’”

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