Anna Camp plays it nice in “Saints & Strangers”


Anna counts herself as a Bechloe shipper and says she would love to see co-stars Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow share even more “moments” in Pitch Perfect 3.

“I like the idea of them together, are you kidding?” she said. “I know that they [embraced] it with the second one. When they were in the tent and close. I think it would be amazing if they were dating. Why not? There should be a fantasy sequence or something where they have to make out. I’m down. Aubrey would be there being like, ‘It’s beautiful.’”

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Sadly, Pitch Perfect is still an anomaly in Hollywood. The reality is that all of the interesting parts are written for men and actresses like Anna are cast as “the girl that’s just sleeping with the guy, like Matthew McConahey or whatever and that’s it,” Anna said. “That’s your whole role.”

“There’s always just that one woman role in a movie full of guys, and those movies are so successful, like Fast and the Furious and all those things. And there’s the one or the two women,” Anna said. “Forgive me, I’ve never seen them so I can’t really comment on them, but I feel like it sucks, you know? Because you read the roles the guys got and you go, ‘I want that role! Why can’t I play this role? Why can’t they just change it to a woman?’ It might make the film way more successful because we’ve seen that role done by a man so many times. I can’t believe I’m still talking about it.”

Anna recently shot a small part in an upcoming Woody Allen film set in the 1930s where she plays “an out of work actress who turns into a prostitute.”

“It’s her first day on the job and she’s horrible,” Anna said, noting that she worked alongside Jesse Eisenberg but has no idea what the film is about because Woody Allen is notorious for only giving his actors parts of the script.

“All my scenes were with Jesse, who is lovely, and so immediately I get on the set and I’m like, ‘What’s the movie about?’ Is this a comedy? Is this a drama?” Anna said. She originally met with Woody right out of college and auditioned for a small role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona but didn’t get the gig. But he found humor in the fact that she is from Queens (“Somehow I end up telling him I’m from Queens, and he finds that really funny and is laughing. He can’t believe that I live in Queens, I guess!”) and called her back for the still untitled film.

What is also noteworthy about Anna is how often she praises other performers–women specifically. Throughout our conversation she gives it up for Elizabeth Banks (“Work, work girl! She’s taking over!”), Tig Notaro (“I loved how [her show One Mississippi, another Amazon pilot] can be beautiful and bleak at the same time”) and Christina Ricci (“I love her.”) When I tell her I’m going to see Fun Home the following afternoon, she tells me she cried three times when she went to see the butch lesbian-themed musical. And the movie she’s dying to see right now? Carol

Needless to say, she’s a huge LGBT ally and is hopeful the stories of queer women will also be part of Hollywood’s progression in the future.

“It’s just apart of everything,” Anna said. “It’s normal, it’s natural. It’s been happening for years and years and years.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 08: Actress Anna Camp arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere "Pitch Perfect 2" at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

This weekend, Anna is part of another kind of progression in Saints & Strangers, as the miniseries will tell the true story of the pilgrims and the Native Americans. Casting real Native actors who use Western Abenaki, lost language of the tribes, the series does not ask that viewers choose sides, but consider the way in which two very different communities moved past their individual struggles to find a way to co-exist, and share in their knowledge, bounties and gratitude.

“You’re taught in elementary school about the pilgrims and the Indians and the pilgrims are wearing little bonnets and black and white outfits and breaking bread with Indians, all peaceful,” Anna said. “And the script was wonderful, really gritty, really dark—it’s the true story of Thanksgiving. My character is distraught because she leaves her son behind in Holland and it made me think a lot about family and being close to your family, and I take it for granted. I don’t live in the same town as my mother and father do, or even my sister, and I sort of take that for granted that we can text or call or Skype or do whatever. … You want to keep your family close, and I learned a lot from her, I think.”

Saints & Strangers premieres Sunday, November 22 at 9/8c on the National Geographic Channel.

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