Anna Kendrick is the perfect, pint-sized paradox: One second she’s stressing over the intricacies of semicolon placement, and the next she’s flying on a trapeze with the ease and expertise of a pro. Having such a seemingly contradictory personality is probably the key to her pulling off such a wide range of characters in her career, from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’s Stacey Pilgrim to Into the Woods’ Cinderella. The diversity of her roles only keeps growing, with 2015 seeing her take on the romantic musical The Last 5 Years, out this month, and Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel we’ve all been waiting for. With such a diverse career, and the personality to match, Anna rocked the Parisian-inspired, edgy yet undone look for our cover. Stylist Isabel Dupré kept Anna looking cool in chic, easy pieces straight from the runway, giving what she calls “total Charlotte Gainsbourg vibe.” Hairstylist Matthew Monzon maintained the easygoing look by using both a flatiron and his fingers to create effortless waves, with a touch of molding clay to add a bit of structure. Toby Fleischman brought some subtle drama to Anna’s makeup, with a smudged, purple and gray eye and a slightly bronzed face. Fleischman hit the nail on the head as far as what it’s like experiencing Anna’s unique combination of type-A perfectionism and laid-back hilarity: “Any time I get to work with Anna, I know it’s going to be a great day.”
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