I love me some Anna Kendrick! Like many people, I first discovered her from the Pitch Perfect movies, which fed my acapella-loving soul. This song? Iconic!

Man, she sings like an angel.

I've been on the Kendrick train since college, and the fact that she hails from Portland, Maine, makes her that much more lovable. It's fun to see a local gal go off and do such big things in Hollywood, but never forget where she came from.

I consume any content she puts out into the universe, including her adorable book called Scrappy Little Nobody.  Did I drive to Portland to get my copy signed by Anna herself at Books-a-Million on the biggest traffic day of the year in 2016? You bet your scrappy bottom I did! #WORTHIT

We practically have a parade in Monument Square whenever Anna comes home or mentions Portland in an interview.

It happened when she was a guest on the Hot Ones Podcast with Sean Evans. I wasn't familiar with the show, but the premise is that the host interviews big name celebrities while they eat unbearably spicy wings, and asks them really obscure or hard-hitting questions.

As you can see in this clip, Sean puts her on the spot with a question about South Portland's Lyric Theater. The spice is really clouding her memory at that point, and she is unable to answer the question:

I am sweating just watching that.

I recently rewatched A Simple Favor, which Anna Kendrick co-stars in with Blake Lively. At the time of writing this article, it is streaming on Amazon, and I highly recommend.

If you haven't seen it, it's about an unlikely camaraderie between Blake's character, Emily, and Anna's character, Stephanie. Their young kids go to school together, and the moms drink martinis while their kids have playdates. But one day, Emily goes missing (dun dun dun!), and I won't spoil the rest for you.

Apparently, I am not the only one who adored this movie, because it raked in $100 million in the box office.

And some good news for A Simple Favor fans: A Simple Favor 2 is in the works. It will also be categorized as a "glamorous mystery" just like the first one. According to The Hollywood Reporter:

"the new chapter will follow Kendrick’s Stephanie and Lively’s Emily as they head to “the island of Capri for Emily’s lavish wedding.” But “murder and betrayal” are, of course, on the menu."


No word on a release date yet, but it's something to look forward to.

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