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Kendrick: I liked being unlikeable

Anna Kendrick stars in improvised drama Happy Christmas: Photo © Kendrick: I liked being unlikeable Photo

Anna Kendrick has revealed she enjoyed portraying a nasty girl in Happy Christmas.

The Pitch Perfect star reunites with Drinking Buddies filmmaker Joe Swanberg for the improvised drama, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

"Honestly, I would have done anything Joe asked me to do, but I was really excited about playing somebody who was a mess, who doesn't have a filter and is kind of selfish," she said.

"I mean, she's kind of unlikeable. I hope that I brought enough honesty, that people will maybe understand where she's coming from - or maybe you should just hate her."

Anna - whose character Jenny unexpectedly decides to move in with her elder brother - is most thrilled about her scenes with Girls star Lena Dunham, who plays her best friend in Happy Christmas.

"I was just excited that there are scenes with Lena Dunham and Melanie Lynskey, where it's just the three of us talking and a guy doesn't come in the room at any point. We're just chatting about sex and work," she said.

"I know Lena's doing that all the time but that was a really fun day to me. She knows who she is, which is so admirable. Her improv is so perfect because she's never thinking of what her character would say. She just gets in the zone and she's so honest and so smart, and her work is really beautiful."

Director Joe admitted he was interested to see Anna play someone different to her previous characters.

"I thought Anna would be perfect for this character. This character is young and irresponsible, and she's a little reckless. It's not a role I've really seen Anna play before so it was fun to invite her back to do something like that," he said.

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