Anna Kendrick Doubted Her Ex Was Emotionally Abusive Since He Never Beat Her

According to Anna Kendrick, who plays Alice in the new film Alice, Darling, her own personal experience with emotional abuse in a love relationship prompted her to see the film. The former member of Pitch Perfect recently discussed her new project with The Los Angeles Times, in which she portrays Alice, a woman in a toxic relationship with the mentally abusive Simon (Charlie Carrick).

Kendrick reflected on her own relationship with an unknown ex after watching the Mary Nighy-directed, Alanna Francis-written picture. Kendrick said her boyfriend never physically harmed her, prompting her to reevaluate her feelings about the union.

“That was a big part of my problem,” Kendrick explained. “He never hit me and I’m not really afraid that he’s going to hit me. How do I discern between normal conflict and abuse? Why is my body in so much fear all of the time? Why do I wake up feeling like he’s in bed next to me and wondering, ‘OK, do I have 30 seconds before I start performing or … ?’”

A major creative choice made by the Up in the Air star was to use Alice’s experience as the “evidence” that Simon was abusive rather than showing him acting monstrously onstage. In one scene in which Alice stripped naked and revealed bruises was cut.

Anna Kendrick Doubted Her Ex Was Emotionally Abusive
Anna Kendrick Doubted Her Ex Was Emotionally Abusive

“I was begging Mary, ‘Can Alice be the evidence?'” Kendrick said. “Because not only do I want us to not make a movie that’s already been made, but personally, I need to trust that I’m the evidence. Part of it was like, if you can’t trust Alice, then I can’t trust myself. So it was really, really important that the movie relied so heavily on just staying with Alice.”

Kendrick has discussed her previous romance in the past. Kendrick revealed this in a September interview with People, saying that Francis’s script was provided to her because it mirrored discussions her agent and she was having regarding Kendrick’s personal relationship.

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“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,” she said. “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 said that during that period she put more faith in her partner than in herself.

“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,” Kendrick explained. “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.”

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Actress Anna Kendrick, who plays Alice in the new film, said she was moved to witness the film because of her own experience with emotional abuse in a romantic relationship.

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