I’m probably alone with this thought, but I’ll say it anyway. Why does everybody love Anna Kendrick?
I just don’t get it. I mean I have to admit she seemed pretty relatable when she appeared on “Billy on the Street” recently, making fun of Anne Hathaway’s infamous Oscar speech. When Anna Kendrick won the game “What does Katy Perry’s cat care about?” that she played with host Billy Eichner, she said, “It came true!” clearly making fun of the Anne Hathaway. That joke almost made me like her. Almost.
Maybe I’m a little biased because I had an altercation with her at my friend’s house before she became famous.
It was all over public transportation.
I don’t understand why some people have such an abomination toward public transportation. When I was living in Los Angeles and interning at “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” I had to rely on taking the bus. Even though I hated every minute of smelling gangrene on homeless bums and not knowing if I would catch a staph infection that day, I never complained.
One night my roommate and I were on the guest list to sit in the green room during a taping of Kimmel. The green room featured a pool table, arcade games, an open bar and buffet. Basically a party, the guest list often included celebrities not even booked on the show. Not good ones. People like Lisa Loeb would show up, but whatever. Anyways, each intern was allowed to bring a guest on days they weren’t working.
Even though my roommate had a car, we took the bus since we both planned on taking advantage of the free alcohol situation. Before we headed home, we went to visit my old roommate who moved in with his boyfriend.
My old roommate had a few people over his place drinking.
When I found out my old roommate and his friends were at a play earlier that night to support a friend, I thought I’d use that to start conversation with one of the guests.
“Are you trying to make it as an actress?” I asked one girl, attempting to make conversation.
“Ugh, trying?” she whined, apparently insulted. “Are you trying to make it as an intern?” That’s all she knew about me, and she made it work as an insult.
Confused by her attempt to knock me down, I just walked away.
Later that night she heard me mention that my then-current roommate and I took the bus.
“Oh my God! I would never take the bus in L.A.!” she made sure to point out, laughing.
“Who was that?” I asked when she left. “She’s a bitch and was acting like I should have known who she was.”
My friend told me her name was Anna, and she just filmed a movie called “Twilight,” which was going to be to be “like the next ‘Harry Potter.’”
“Never heard of it,” I said.
She had the last laugh when a few months later “Twilight” became a global sensation, and she went on to be nominated for an Oscar for her role in “Up in the Air” alongside George Clooney — not to mention “Pitch Perfect.”
I started to become a fan. But then, I watched her in the movie “50/50.” Her character gave Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character a ride home so he — wait for it — didn’t have to take the bus.
“What were you thinking?” she asked in the movie. “The bus? Like really?”
My jaw dropped. She may be a big movie star now, but she still won’t shut up about taking the bus, and that’s why I will personally never understand why everybody loves Anna Kendrick.
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