Anna Kendrick for Shape Magazine

Posted on May 11, 2020

Anna Kendrick follows her own happy, healthy path. The star actor has put in the work to get where she is, and now she’s opening up to SHAPE about finding her superpower and why a little silliness at work and home is her priority these days.




On trying every workout but one: “Every time I try something new, I’m like, I found it! I found the only workout I’ll ever need! Then I get so obsessed with it that I burn out and have to start over with something new. I went through phases of yoga, Pilates, barre classes, and running. The only thing I’ve never tried, because I know I would be bad at it, is workouts where they yell at you: ‘Come on! Get those knees up!’”

On why she’s here for athleisure: “I love the fact that athletic wear is acceptable as a real outfit, and not as just an I’m-running-to-7-Eleven outfit. I can go into the world in a stretch top and sweatpants, and it’s fashion. I live for that. I want to tell this generation: Never look back. Please don’t return to the dark age of low-rise jeans. That was a hateful time, and we don’t need to go there again.”

On health trends she can’t get behind: “I’ve tried a couple of meditation classes, and so far I feel like I’m doing it wrong. My mind races more when I meditate. And I was vegan for a year, or maybe even two, and it was the best I’ve ever felt. Then I just fell off the wagon super hard. I was like, ‘Well, maybe I can just do vegan most days.’ But no. It was the classic slippery-slope situation for Anna.”

On why silliness is one of her goals: “I’m trying to have a sense of play. A lot of my life over the last decade has been work, recover, work, recover. That doesn’t leave much room for anything else. That’s the mindset and the reality for a lot of people. You work and then recover so you can work some more. Putting some fun and silliness into my life is one of my goals.”


The June issue of Shape magazine is on sale May 15th.


[Photo Credit: Peggy Sirota/Shape Magazine]

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