Who has Anna Kendrick dated before Bill Hader? Actress reveals she once made embryos with ‘toxic’ ex
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: 'Pitch Perfect' star Anna Kendrick has spoken about the mental and physical abuse she endured in her previous relationships. Without naming the person to avoid speculation, Kendrick said she was willing to start a family with a "toxic" ex-boyfriend only to later learn he had feelings for another woman. The 37-year-old, who will soon be in theaters for her film 'Alice, Darling,' in which she plays a woman in the same situation, revealed on an episode of the 'Armchair Expert' podcast on Monday, January 9, that she and the unidentified ex conceived embryos together before their breakup.
“I was with someone — this was somebody I lived with, for all intents and purposes my husband. We had embryos together, this was my person,'” she said according to Page Six. “And then about six years in, about somewhere around there, I remember telling my brother, when things had first kind of gone down, ‘I’m living with a stranger. Like, I don’t know what’s happening.'” Kendrick claimed that whenever she brought a serious topic of discussion in the room, her ex would “scream” at her until she was “curled in a ball, sobbing.”
She even described the time when her former partner came to visit her on set and acted "super strange". Kendrick said that she gathered the courage to ask him what was wrong. “The worst possible thing was, I was like, ‘please don’t say this girl’s name,’ and he started talking about this girl.”
The American actress blamed herself for the relationship failing and was convinced “if we broke up or, you know, if he left basically, it was a confirmation that it’s because I’m impossible, I’m lucky that he’s even tolerating my bulls—t.” The pair started to go to couple’s therapy to save their relationship. Unfortunately, it did not work out for them in the end, but it helped Kendrick learn to be OK on her own.
She said that she started seeing multiple therapists and got into Al-Anon. “All of these things ended up being very wonderful things for me in the long run, but initially went into them thinking, ‘Tell me how to stop being crazy. Tell me how to stop feeling anything,'” she said. She continued, “I ended up going down to just one therapist eventually and I’m totally obsessed with her…but what she did teach me to do was look at my own experience and decide what I wanted and start drawing boundaries. And that was really scary and really hard but that is what ended the relationship.”
The long list of Kendrick's exes whom she dated from 2020-2022 include Edgar Wright, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Richardson, and Bill Hader. While speaking on the plot of her upcoming movie, Kendrick says, "A young woman trapped in an abusive relationship becomes the unwitting participant in an intervention staged by her two closest friends." Anna mentioned it was the first time she felt this deeply connected with the script, adding, "Usually, it's just I read a good script and I like the people involved, and I make the movie. And it was really surprising timing that we found this script at that moment in my life. And in fact, I remember my first Zoom meeting with Mary Nighy, the director, disclosing to her what I was going through."
"And I even said to her, 'This all happened very recently. In fact, it happened so recently that if the movie was shooting in a month, I probably shouldn't do it.' But it was many, many months away. So I wasn't in danger of re-traumatizing myself. But yeah, it's certainly a unique experience," Kendrick said, reported MEAWW.