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Anna Kendrick still ‘Air’ borne

Young 'Twilight' actress actually a longtime veteran

Anna Kendrick wanted to be Natalie right away.

“There aren’t many roles written for young women like this,” says Kendrick of her “Up in the Air” persona — an exec hired to fire employees at companies that are downsizing. “She’s strong, complex and gets to be a powerful part of the story without ever being a love interest. I thought at some point I would turn a page and the story would move on without her, but that never happened.”

Also sweetening the deal: arguing with George Clooney about the most appropriate and dignified way to fire people.

While Kendrick has the kind of enthusiasm you’d expect in someone who’d just entered the business, the 24-year-old has actually been a working actress since she was 10. By 1998, when she was 14, Kendrick was nominated for a Tony Award and two years ago was named one of Variety‘s 10 Actors to Watch for her role in indie “Rocket Science.”

With this success, Kendrick hopes to stay open to new material coming her way: “I feel like I’d be doing myself a disservice if I’d say I want to do a particular part or go a particular way in my career. You don’t know what you’ll be offered next or what will touch you when you read it.”

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