Anna Kendrick, Hollywood's smartest actress, talks to Will Pavia.

"I should sit here with my back to the light," says Anna Kendrick, taking a chair in the corner of a rooftop lounge against the windows. "Isn't that, like, a power move?"

We're on the top floor of a hotel in midtown Manhattan. I am incredibly nervous. I've just read an essay Kendrick wrote about the business of giving interviews. Television interviewers sound very strange in person, she writes. "Every time I talk to one of these journalists, every single time, I picture them having sex … What is it like?

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