Anna Kendrick: “I was too poor to buy shoes for my first Oscars”

Anna Kendrick couldn’t afford to buy shoes for her first Academy Awards.

Whilst Anna Kendrick is a household name now, she admits she couldn’t afford to buy shoes for her first Academy Awards back in 2009.

Anna Kendrick, no money for shoesThe Accountant star has revealed that when she was fairly unknown in 2009, no designers offered to loan her a pair of shoes for the Oscars so her stylist asked her to buy her own.

Speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she said: “My stylist told me I had to wear the perfect shoes for an outfit, and because the movie isn’t out yet, nobody really knows who you are. ‘The shoe places don’t want to loan you the shoes so can you buy a pair?’

“I was like, ‘I’m still poor.’ So it was this weird combination of like all these great things are happening but at the same time nothing has changed so, it was a weird dichotomy.”

Meanwhile, the 31-year-old actress is no doubt glad that acting worked out for her as she previously revealed she never had “a backup plan.”

She shared: “I got some terrible advice when I was really young, which was not to have a backup plan. I had this singularity of focus. I never considered doing something else.”

Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Trolls, no money for shoes

Lucky for her, that piece of terrible advice led her to star alongside JT! (Photo Credit: Denis Makarenko /

And Anna recently admitted she would like to take a six month break from acting one day.

She added: “It’s hard to take a step back and see if there’s something I should be doing differently. At some point I’ll have to take a good six months off and not make movies.

“But working for 14 hours a day for months at a time is not sustainable. Not being on a set means you can explore the world and enrich your life. It’d probably be wise to invest in those things.”

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