Anna Kendrick has been making the press rounds in support of her film “Alice, Darling” since the film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Oscar nominee stars as a woman forced to process a toxic relationship over a weekend with friends. Kendrick said People Magazine in September that her “personal experience with emotional abuse” was the backbone of the film, which she also produced, and that her “Alice, Darling” press tour was influenced by questions about escaping her own abusive relationship and processing the resulting trauma.
In a new interview with IndieWire, Kendrick revisits her “Alice, Darling” press tour and her decision to be so open about her abusive past. While reporters at the press junket certainly had the right to ask Kendrick about her own history of emotional abuse, she later recalled feeling “crooked.”
“People have asked me, ‘Was it challenging to shoot the film?’ And I guess that question makes sense,” Kendrick said. “But I’m actually finding that press is something that’s been a little tricky to navigate, making sure I’m okay and feeling safe in my body.”
“There was one thing early on where I was doing like a junket-style day for ‘Alice, Darling’ where it’s like six minutes per person and you’re running through like 30 interviews really quickly,” Kendrick continued. “I went home and showered and was like, ‘Why do I feel so bad right now?’ And I kind of said to everybody, ‘I don’t think I can do anything else like this.’
Kendrick added, “I totally understand that it’s not a journalist’s job to show up for me in the headspace I’m in, but I’m trying really hard to really open up these conversations and it feels kind of weird to talk. Someone who obviously has that day. There’s a million things to do… I was like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to draw a line there. I can’t really talk about this in this style of conversation.’
In previous interviews, Kendrick credited “Alice, Darling” with helping her “normalize” her own experience with an abusive relationship. The movie garnered positive reviews from TIFF, with diversity wrote in his review: “It’s a strong role for Kendrick, whose character may seem less than fully defined, but then that’s the point – Alice’s boyfriend insidiously omits any part of her personality that doesn’t prioritize him.”
“Alice, Darling” is now in theaters