Anna Kendrick has revealed that she suffered from an emotionally and psychologically abusive relationship.
The 37-year-old star told People on Wednesday that the union ended just before she signed on to star in the movie Alice, Darling, but that ‘recovery has been so challenging.’
The actress also shared that the difficult relationship was hard to deal with as she really was in love with the man whom she ‘trusted.’
Not all easy: Anna Kendrick has revealed that she suffered from an emotionally and psychologically abusive relationship. Lakes in 2021
The Maine native offered: ‘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 also noted that she finally realized at the end of the relationship that the dysfunction was not her fault.
‘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,’ she shared.
Real life to reel life: The 37-year-old star told People on Wednesday that the union ended just before she signed on to star in the movie Alice, Darling, but that ‘recovery has been so challenging’
It is familiar: Her friends, played by Kaniehtiio Horn and Wunmi Mosaku, stage an intervention to let her know her boyfriend is not good for her
But figuring out what ‘really happened’ with this man was ‘the hardest task of my adult life.’
Kendrick struggled with how she felt she was wrong and how she thought she was right.
‘My body still believes that it was my fault,’ she allowed.
The guy is toxic: In the movie, she is taken in by a man who twists her mind with psychological games; seen with costar Charlie Carrick as Simon
A close look at Alice… and Anna: In the film she plays an abused woman; in real life Anna was abused as well and it was hard to recover
‘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.’
Kendrick did not reveal the name of her boyfriend to the publication.
In the past she has dated Edgar Wright (2009 until 2010), Jake Gyllenhaal (in 2011), Ben Richardson (from 2014 until 2020) and Bill Hader (from 2020 until 2022).
When she got the script for Anna, Darling – about a woman in an abusive relationship – she connected.
‘I was coming out of a personal experience with emotional abuse and psychological abuse,’ she said.
She dated him: The star, left, with director Edgar Wright, right, in 2010; she did not name the man who gave her a difficult time but did say it was recent
‘I think my representative sent [the script] to me, because he knew what I’d been dealing with and sent it along. Because he was like, “This sort of speaks to everything that you’ve been talking to me about.”‘
And Anna added: ‘It felt really distinct in that I had, frankly, seen a lot of movies about abusive or toxic relationships, and it didn’t really look like what was happening to me.
‘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.”‘
And this is the first time where she related so much to a film character – which includes the movies Up In The Air (2009), Pitch Perfect (2012) and Trolls (2016) – she has played.
Another ex? She was linked to actor Jake Gyllenhaal; seen at the End Of Watch premiere in Los Angeles in 2012. She did not say anything negative about any of the men she dated as she did not reveal the abuser’s identity
Another beau: The actress with Ben Richardson in New York City in 2015
She worked with him: She worked with Bill Hader on Noelle and they dated reportedly from 2020 until 2022
The logline for Alice, Darling: ‘A young woman trapped in an abusive relationship becomes the unwitting participant in an intervention staged by her two closest friends.’
‘Usually, it’s just I read a good script and I like the people involved, and I make the movie,’ she shared.
‘And it was really surprising timing that we found this script at that moment in my life. And in fact, I remember my first Zoom meeting with Mary Nighy, the director, disclosing to her what I was going through.
On the mend: Kendrick struggled with how she felt she was wrong and how she thought she was right. ‘My body still believes that it was my fault,’ she allowed. ‘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.’ Lakes in 2021
‘And I even said to her, “This all happened very recently. In fact, it happened so recently that if the movie was shooting in a month, I probably shouldn’t do it.”
‘But it was many, many months away. So I wasn’t in danger of re-traumatizing myself. But yeah, it’s certainly a unique experience.’
Filming on Alice, Darling took place in late 2021.
And acting in this film has felt ‘incredibly cathartic.’
Alice, Darling will be released in the US on September 12.
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