Anna Kendrick isn't one to mix work and booze, but sometimes you don't get a choice in the matter.
In an interview with Vulture about her Joe Swanberg comedy "Drinking Buddies," the actress reveals that she got drunk -- for real -- while filming a scene with on-screen boyfriend Jake Johnson.
"During a scene at the bar, they gave me fake beer, but then during a scene where I'm playing cards with Jake, they gave me real beer, and I didn't realize it!" she says. "And so every time I lost, I was pounding beer, and I didn't realize it was real until halfway through the take. I was like, I'm super drunk right now! And so as soon as the take was over, I had to announce to everybody that I was drunk at work."
Instead of keeping the party going, Kendrick "just tried to sit quietly until I sobered up." She looks back on the experience as "uncomfortable" -- emphasis included.
"[I]t worked in the scene, and so it was helpful for them, but I mostly found it really unnerving," she recalls.
The bulk of the movie is improvised, which we would have found unnerving, but Kendrick embraced as exciting. "It was my first time doing anything quite like it," she says. "We did a lot of improv on 'End of Watch,' so I kind of think of 'End of Watch' as training wheels for 'Drinking Buddies,' but this was the first time I had done it to this extent. And it was crazy doing it with Ron [Livingston], Jake, and Olivia [Wilde] because all four of us were new to this specific world of improv, but also really game for it and really excited about it."
"Drinking Buddies" is now in theaters.