Film, TV, theater! Pitch Perfect 2’s Anna Camp is hitting a trifecta of high notes.
The sweet sound of success: “We all loved doing Pitch Perfect so much, it was just, ‘You want us back? Sure... no questions asked!’” says Southern belle-turned-H’wood go-to gal Anna Camp.
“I don’t think anyone knew that it was going to take off exactly the way it did,” says Anna Camp, star of the 2012 sleeper hit Pitch Perfect. “It’s pretty great that the movie has been out for over two years and it’s still that alive.” The film, about a ragtag group of a cappella singers at fictional Barden University, grossed more than $100 million worldwide and inspired nearly that many memes (“Aca-scuse me?!”). Given its rabid fan base, it’s no surprise that a sequel—Pitch Perfect 2, arriving May 15—was green-lighted almost before the original’s DVD hit the shelves. “I think everyone signed on before anybody had read the script,” Camp says of the cast. “We all loved doing it so much that it was just, ‘Yes, you want us back? We’ll come back for sure. No questions asked!’”
Camp plays Aubrey Posen, the perfectly coiffed and painfully type-A former leader of the group, the Barden Bellas. Although the actress can’t reveal too much about the sequel’s plot, she says we’ll see Aubrey graduate and come to the aid of a new class of Bellas. “[She] helps them find their harmony again,” Camp adds, laughing.
While the opening minutes of the first film have Camp projectile-vomiting onstage during a competition, the 32-year-old actress has had to contend with much more graphic scenes in her career. Her first major Broadway role was opposite Daniel Radcliffe in 2008’s revival of Equus. “We were standing onstage for about 10 minutes arguing with each other, completely in the nude,” she says. But the conservatory-trained actress concedes that scenes like this have an upside: “Once you do that, you’re not scared of anything anymore, because you’ve literally been naked onstage in front of people. You’re pretty exposed at that point, literally and figuratively.” Plum roles in critically acclaimed TV shows like Mad Men and True Blood soon followed, cementing her reputation as one of Hollywood’s most versatile young actresses.
Born in South Carolina, Camp may have performing in her genes. “My mother used to be a ballerina—she was a fantastic dancer,” she says. “My dad is in banking, but he’s probably the funniest guy I have ever met. He needs to be a stand-up comic.” And her father isn’t the only scene-stealing man in her life. Camp’s boyfriend is fellow actor Skylar Astin, whom she met on the set of the first Pitch Perfect. “It’s nice to have somebody who just gets it,” she says. “I think I’ve met someone incredibly special who really enhances my life in a beautiful way.”
The actress calls Echo Park home when she’s in LA, but she has managed to find a bit of the South even in this urban environment. “I have a beautiful backyard that has a peach tree,” she says. “I even made peach pie from it last summer!” And like most actresses from below the Mason-Dixon line, Camp has a particular dream role in mind. “Before I die, I have to play Blanche DuBois,” she says of the iconic Tennessee Williams character in A Streetcar Named Desire. “On Broadway or anywhere, I will find a way.”
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