Anna Kendrick Details ‘Psychological Abuse’ in Past Relationship


Anna Kendrick.
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Speak your truth. Anna KendrickDuring a discussion about her new movie, she opened up about a difficult past experience in her relationship life. Alice, Darling.

“I was coming out of a personal experience with emotional abuse and psychological abuse,” the Pitch PerfectActress, 37, was recalled to PeopleInterview published Wednesday, September 7. In an interview published on Wednesday, September 7, 2007, Kendrick spoke about playing Alice, a woman trapped in an abusive relationship (with Simon)Charlie Carrick).

“I think my rep sent it to me, because he knew what I’d been dealing with and sent it along,” she added. “Because he was like, ‘This sort of speaks to everything that you’ve been talking to me about.’”

Kendrick was promoting the Mary Nighy-directed feature ahead of its premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, noted that the screenplay felt “distinct” from other movies about “abusive or toxic relationships” that didn’t match the Maine native’s experience.

“It kind of helped me normalize and minimize what was happening to me, because I thought, ‘Well, if I was in an abusive relationship, it would look like that,’” she continued. “I was in a situation where I loved and trusted this person more than I trusted myself. So, when that person is telling you that you have a distorted sense of reality and that you are impossible and that all the stuff that you think is going on is not going on, your life gets really confusing really quickly.”

She added: “And I was in a situation where, at the end, I had the unique experience of finding out that everything I thought was going on was in fact going on. So, I had this kind of springboard for feeling and recovery that a lot of people don’t get.”

The Love Life star went on to say that after the relationship ended, she took time to process “what really happened,” saying that it was the “hardest task” of her life.

“My body still believes that it was my fault,” she stated. “So even with this concrete jumping off point for me, to walk out of that relationship knowing that I wasn’t crazy, it’s incredible the way that recovery has been so challenging.”

Additionally, Alice, DarlingKendrick is currently working to a new thriller about romance gone wrong: The Dating Game. The Drinking BuddiesThe true crime story that centers on a woman is being directed by actress will see her directorial debut. Cheryl Bradshaw, who was a bachelorette in the ’70s TV matchmaking show The Dating Game.

Bradshaw (played here by Kendrick), ended up choosing the handsome bachelor Rodney AlcalaAlcala was funny and charming. Alcala had a dark secret. He was a serial killer psychopathically.

“I’ve loved this script from the moment I read it,” Kendrick said of the project, according to Deadline. “And while I was obviously thrilled to be playing the character of Sheryl, I felt so connected to the story, the tone, and the themes around gender and intimacy, that when the opportunity came up to direct the film, I jumped at it. It feels meant to be.”

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