Anna Kendrick talks about her new film Alice, darling it made her reflect on her past experiences of emotional abuse in a romantic relationship.
The Perfect jump spoke alum Los Angeles Times this week about her upcoming movie, in which she plays Alice, a woman in a destructive relationship with the psychologically abusive Simon (Charlie Carrick). The film, which was directed by Mary Nighy from a screenplay by Alanna Francis, made Kendrick think about her own experiences with an unnamed ex. Kendrick said her partner did not physically hurt her, which made her question her view of the relationship.
“That was a big part of my problem,” explained Kendrick. “He’s never hit me and I’m not really afraid he’s going to hit me. How to distinguish normal conflict from abuse? Why is my body so afraid all the time? Why do I wake up with him lying next to me in bed and wondering, “OK, I have 30 seconds before I start performing or…?”
During the filming process, it was important for In air star not to show Simon as a monster on screen, instead allowing Alice’s experience to be “proof” that he was abusive. This includes the removal of the moment Alice took off her clothes, revealing bruises.
“I begged Mary, ‘Can Alice be proof? ” said Kendrick. “Because not only do I want us not to make a movie that has already been made, but I personally have to trust that I am proof. Part of it was that if you can’t trust Alice, then I can’t trust myself. So it was really, really important that the film was so much about staying with Alice.
Kendrick has previously spoken openly about his previous relationship. In a September interview with Peopleshe said her representative gave Francis’ script because it reflected conversations they had about Kendrick’s own relationship.
“It felt really clear because, to be honest, I’d seen a lot of videos about abuse or toxic relationships, and it didn’t really feel like what was happening to me,” she said. “It helped me normalize and minimize what was happening to me because I thought, ‘Well, if I was in a toxic relationship, it would be like this.’
She said that at the time, she trusted the person she was in a relationship with more than herself.
“When that person tells you that you have a distorted sense of reality and that you’re impossible and that all the things you think are happening aren’t happening, your life gets very confusing very quickly,” Kendrick explained. I found myself in a situation where I had a unique experience at the end of finding out that everything I thought was happening was actually happening. So I had a springboard to feel and heal that many people don’t get.”
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