When you watch a movie one can get so much from ones own thoughts and ideas on a movie. However, to watch a movie and then find out what the Director was thinking and feeling when in production is something so grand because it allows you to re-see the movie in a new light. Recently, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to sit down with not only the INCREDIBLY talented Anna Kendrick but with Into the Woods Director Rob Marshall. This was such a fantastic experience that really gave me even more understanding of Into the Woods and also gave me a behind the scene look into what went into production, something this mama of 4 never gets to experience 🙂
Rob Marshall is truly a talented individual with such an amazing arsenal of movies under his belt it’s amazing to think how much creativity can fit into someone so quiet yet empowering personality you can’t help but admire as soon as he walks into a room. Then you have Anna Kendrick who’s vocals are so powerful they will leave you blown away and you won’t know what hit you. Yet both were such surprising personalities to meet because of their warmth and modest natures.
We began the interview by touching on Rob Marshall’s surprise when he realized the talent of his cast. So what was the one thing that surprised him the most about Anna?
Rob:It’s easy to talk about Anna ‘cause I adore her. Uh, the truth is, you know, she really — that voice is extraordinary and I think everybody looked up to her in the cast because of that, everybody because, you know, she comes from that in a very rich background with her Broadway experience as a child. So to have that gift is amazing and, you know, the thing I guess what surprised me the most about Anna is her range as an actor, you know. The fact that she was able to with this piece open up and show such depth and vulnerability and agility and complexity.Meryl Streep called her role the most complex character in the film because of what she’s dealing with and she’s right because and it needs a great internal depth and I knew Anna. Listen, 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.
Something that was interesting was the fact that they literally rehearsed for 6 weeks. I didn’t realize it took that long to rehearse for movie. It’s interesting to put it all into perspective.
In the movie Anna plays Cinderella, but a more modern day independent version. I had the chance to ask her What it felt like playing a different kind of Cinderella, almost like a modern day Cinderella in a way? What’s the thought process?
Anna:It’s funny because I think a lot of girls’ dream of playing Cinderella and a certain kind of girl dreams of playing Sondheim Cinderella. And, yeah, and we love those kinds of girls and I think that she is very modern, you know. I mean I’m glad that some people are surprised by her but, you know, it is a Cinderella that has existed since about 1987 you know, so I didn’t have that sense of responsibility or anything about it. But, I think that something that we do to ourselves as women, especially modern women we instead of trusting our instincts I think we have a tendency to feel a responsibility to weigh every option and look at things from every angle and ask our mom and ask our sister and ask our friends and 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. So that was kind of really fun to play that she’s talking herself into things and out of things and, you know, I think that by the end of it for her to really realize what’s important, uh, once she is in a situation where an entire community has to come together, uh, and decided what’s really important to them then it becomes pretty easy to say goodbye to this guy who’s sort of a tool.
Rob & Anna Both also talked about their background in theater. Their love for that genera was obvious during the interview. Even when talking about how lucky they are to be doing so many great musicals they realized its something people do love and well and it works and as Anna Said “They’re making them”.
Rob showed such an immense respect for his whole Company (as he called the cast of the film). To him this was a group of people he enjoyed not only working with but being around. From Anna to Meryl he felt their talent was so abundant and such important pieces of the film that he felt so honored to work with them. Coming from a man with such talent you can truly garner the immense talent this group as a whole has.
Rob: “Listen, it’s been joyous working with this amazing woman next to me who is very special and I would say the best word about her is authentic, you know, and I think people feel that and embrace that and that’s why she’s so loved and that’s why she’s so great on film as well. I feel very lucky to have worked with this company across the boards starting with Meryl Streep who sets the bar incredibly high for everybody and it was just, it was one of those projects we were all very aware the entire time we were working on it that we were very lucky to be there, all of us serving this piece and we were careful with it and there was a joy every day and we worked really hard ‘cause it was a fast shoot. We had a limited budget and a limited amount of time but that never stopped us. We were all there to do the right thing and it was, it was one of those special ones for sure.
As for Anna, I can’t wait to see her in future films. I know when I saw that she would be playing Cinderella I was intrigued because I remembered her more from What to Expect when Expecting, The Twilight Saga and Up in the Air. I was one of the few that never saw Pitch Perfect nor was privy to her amazing vocals. After seeing her in Into the Woods my respect for her not just as an actress but as an entertainer has grown immensely. I hope Rob Marshall decides to grasp another musical or maybe even join together with Sondheim and create a musical fit for the ages and bring it to life on Screen. I know that with all the artistic talent flowing around them all they would be able to create another masterpiece.
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Disclosure: This post is part of my press trip to LA, CA with expenses provided by Disney. All Opinions are 100% mine.
Comments & Reviews
Cindy Kong says
This looks like a great movie, love anna kendrick. Thanks for this write up.
This looks so cute!
Amber Olson says
love Anna Kendrick. Can’t wait to see it
Anna DeBenedictis says
i haven’t heard the best reviews about this movie but would still love to see it!
Kimberley Thomas says
Super Awesome Wonderful!
Awesome thanks for sharing !!
angela smith says
thanks for sharing the interview with us.it sound like its going to be an interesting movie.
Bethany Stout says
Awesome thanks for sharing
What a fun interview!
Heather D says
I LOVE the costumes and the trailer I saw looked good. Hoping to take our niece to see it!
Brittany Crews says
That’s so awesome!! I’ve loved her since Twilight haha
nicole krutz says
Definitely want to see this movie!!
She is really talented! What a neat opportunity!
Kathy Haury says
Wow. What an awesome experience! The movie looks good too!
Barbara Adams says
You handledall the excitement, I would have been a bal lof nerves. This is on my list of things to do on Me day
Alice Elzey says
Sounds like it could be good!
Soha MOlina says
Any movie with Anna K can’t be bad. She is so adorable.
deb p says
We love Disney movies.
I love Anna. This movie looks good.
laurie murley says
this looks like it is going to be a great show cant wait to see it
I’m very excited to see this movie! Thanks for the additional insights.
Love Sondheim and can’t wait to see this movie! Thanks for sharing this awesome interview!
This looks fabulous. I can’t wait!
Tracy Gregory says
Im really looking forward to seeing this!
Lori Thomas says
Looking forward to seeing the movie
Nice interview, can’t wait to see the movie =).
Anita Duvall says
This was awesome. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing this!
Gary B says
Ona Archer says
I heard this movie was okay, surely a lot of good actors!
Gabrielle Compolongo says
So glad you enjoyed it! Looks amazing!
I would love to see this movie with my family.
Linda Buzard-Moffitt says
When my daughter is older we will watch movies like this 🙂
Looks like you had fun!
Amanda D says
What an awesome experience! I can’t wait to see this movie, and to know a little from behind the scenes, thanks to your post, is really neat.
Lisa Williams says
I cant wait to see this movie! I have been a big fan of Anna Kendricks since she was in Pitch Perfect,and I also saw her get a Tony award which was awesome,this sounds like a fun movie to go see with great talent to back it up.
Candice Balser says
I don’t recall hearing about this movie. But now, upon reading this, I’m very interested in seeing it. Thank you for making me aware. 🙂
How fun! This play was put on by the host school at the very first drama competition I went to! So I’m looking forward to the movie with a heaping scoop of nostalgia!
katie m says
I can’t wait to see this movie. I didn’t know Anna’s role was based on Cinderella. I’m looking forward to the modern interpretation.
Can’t wait to see this movie!
Holly Thomas says
I saw the movie yesterday and loved it!
Margaret MacKenzie says
This must have been a fun interview…sounds like an interesting movie…great to have female role models for the young girls of today to look up to, like Anna Kendrick.
Hannah C. says
lissa crane says
Sounds like an awesome twist to this story that we already love! I can’t wait to see this movie!
Jana S says
Thanks for sharing…looks like an interesting twist!
Christine H says
Can’t wait to see it! So neat and thanks for sharing your experience!
Jessica Haynes says
We saw a preview for this when we were at the movies a couple weeks ago, it looks so good! My girlfriends and I are planning to see it soon.
Lucy Smith says
I can’t wait to see it!!
sherry blamer says
It looks like a great movie. I love reading this interview its very interesting.
I’m so excited to see this movie!
Karina merrill says
Can’t wait to see
Brittany S C says
Can’t wait to see it!
Erica Guzman-Perez says
So excited to see!!
Kate edkin says
need to see this
Monica Powell says
Looks interesting, great interview
Gladys Aguilar says
I feel like movie studios are getting desperate and are just looking towards old movies and shows for easy money
Deborah W says
It was a great interview and looks like a very successful movie.
excited to see this! great interview!
Janis Hartwell says
Fun! Fun! Fun!
natasha shaw says
Marie Osborn says
Interesting to hear Anna’s thoughts on playing Cinderella.
I must not get out much, lol! I don’t know these people!
Sarah Broberg says
I don’t usually watch much of anything… but the fact that you interviewed Rob Marshall might get me more interested? 🙂
This looks like fun! Great interview!
Susan Highland says
What’s great about being retired is you get cheap rates for movies, and this is on the bucket list! TY!
Amanda Felton says
This makes me want to see the movie even more than I already did.
Jenn B. says
Fun! Would love to see!
Katie L says
interesting, will be good to see what the movie is like.
Carey Hurst says
Omg wow what an experience. You must have been over the moon. I can’t wait to see this movie.
Should be an interesting movie! Thanks for sharing!
Amanda Miller says
I would really love to see this! It looks like a fantastic time!
Denise Taylor-Dennis says
What a fun trip to be part of. I haven’t seen this movie yet but it looks like it will be a great one.
Kayla B says
I cant wait to see this.
Amy White says
This will be epic!
Raina Hood says
could be interesting
So excited to see this! What a great interview!
CASSANDRA HUBER says
I want to go see this
My daughter and I are so excited to see this movie! I love Anna Kendrick.
Nicole U says
The character that Anna plays sounds like an interesting take on Cinderella. I have always enjoyed the movies Anna is in and I an looking forward to seeing this one.
Ashley F says
Great interview! Every time I read a post your make about it I am reminded how much I want to see the movie, too bad my toddler keeps me from going to most movies, LOL!
Amy P says
Squee! I’m going to see this movie today!
Ashley Alfaro says
Dusty B says
These two were so fun – what a great interview.
Linda Manns Linneman says
You certainly did have a great opportunity. I am so glad for you and happy that you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for sharing