Anna Kendrick is detailing the “emotional abuse and psychological abuse” she experienced in a past relationship while discussing her new movie, Alice, Darling.
The 37-year-old actor stars in the forthcoming drama as the titular character who is trapped in an emotionally abusive relationship with her boyfriend, Simon (Charlie Carrick).
“I was coming out of a personal experience with emotional abuse and psychological abuse,” the Pitch Perfect actress, 37, recalled to People in an interview published on Wednesday, September 7.
“I think my rep sent it to me because he knew what I’d been dealing with and sent it along,” she added. “Because he was like, ‘This sort of speaks to everything that you’ve been talking to me about.’”
“It kind of helped me normalize and minimize what was happening to me, because I thought, ‘Well, if I was in an abusive relationship, it would look like that,’” she continued. “I was in a situation where I loved and trusted this person more than I trusted myself. So, when that person is telling you that you have a distorted sense of reality and that you are impossible and that all the stuff that you think is going on is not going on, your life gets really confusing really quickly.”
She added: “And I was in a situation where, at the end, I had the unique experience of finding out that everything I thought was going on was in fact going on. So, I had this kind of springboard for feeling and recovery that a lot of people don’t get.”
Despite finding out that everything she “thought was going on was in fact going on,” Kendrick’s healing has still been “challenging” for her.
“My body still believes that it was my fault,” she stated. “So even with this concrete jumping-off point for me, to walk out of that relationship knowing that I wasn’t crazy, it’s incredible the way that recovery has been so challenging.”
Although Kendrick has kept her dating life private over the years, she was in a relationship with cinematographer Ben Richardson from 2014 to 2020 before moving on with “Saturday Night Live” alum Bill Hader.
News broke in June that she and the comedian, 44, had called it quits.
“Alice, Darling” premieres Sept. 11.