Anna Kendrick was a Broadway success at 12, when she became the second youngest performer ever nominated for a Tony Award for High Society. Now, she’s racking up a double header on the big screen with co-starring roles in New Moon, reprising her Twilight role as Jessica, and Up in the Air with none other than George Clooney.
Kendrick told Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf why sharing with the screen with one of the sexiest men alive was more than she bargained for.
“There was a lot of goofing around and there were definitely days were I felt like Clooney was the teenager and I was the mom. I was like, ‘George come on, I’m trying to focus,’ which was a very strange thing to be saying to George Clooney…”
Viggo Mortensen wondered if The Road, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy, would ever make it to theaters. The powerful saga of a father and son searching for sanctuary in a dangerous post-apocalyptic world was completed more than a year ago.
Now, after endless delays, audiences will finally get a chance to catch Mortensen’s riveting performance opposite a young new-comer to watch, Aussie Kodi Smit-McPhee. Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out why Mortensen almost said no to the role.
“I was just tired. I’d been going from one film to another and I didn’t want to do something if I wasn’t going to be able to give one hundred per cent. But, then I realized that the fact that I was really exhausted was appropriate for the character….”
Zac Efron sang and danced his way to success in the wildly popular High School Musical movies–not to mention Hairspray.
Now, he’s taking a serious turn in Richard Linklater’s Me and Orson Welles, playing a high-school kid who lucks into a big break in Welles’ famous production of Julius Caesar. Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out why Efron was ready to take a gamble on a serious dramatic role.
“I had never done anything like this before. I was still reeling from everything that had happened to me, all the attention I was suddenly getting from High School Musical. I thought, ‘Maybe this time I’ve bitten off more than I can chew because I’m not singing…”
Emmy Rossum has sung with the Phantom of the Opera, gone down with the ship in Poseidon and faced the end of the world in The Day After Tomorrow. Now, she’s exploring new territory in the very low-budget Dare.
In the film, Rossum gets her first sex scene playing a high school student who loses her virginity to the class bad boy. And that’s only the beginning. Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out why Rossum is downplaying her first foray into big screen passion.
“I think the sexuality in this movie is used to show kids discovering themselves. There’s no real nudity. It’s not like explicitly focusing on boobs and other body parts. It’s very awkward. I mean, there are moments of awkward funniness in life and sex when you’re young…”
Blake Lively is hotter than hot thanks to Gossip Girl. Playing Serena on the hugely popular CW series has made her a TV star, and her role in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films has made her a hit with movie audiences.
Now, Lively is exploring her dark side in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, as the tortured teenage version of title character. Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf discovered why Lively didn’t mind being a little naughty for the role.
“Pippa does get very dark. Like, that was me on a dog leash being led around for a photo shoot by Julianne Moore, who plays a lesbian photographer. It sounds bizarre, but it was exciting for me because I never really went through that dark and wild stage…”