Date of Birth: August 9th 1985
Kendrick claims to have "caught the [acting] bug" at the age of ten, when her parents would drive her from her hometown of Portland, Maine to New York so that she could attend auditions. Her first appearance was the role of Dinah in the Broadway musical High Society in August 1998, at the age of twelve, which earned her Theatre World Award, Drama Desk Award and Tony Award nominations, the latter of which made her the second-youngest nominee ever. Afterwards, she featured in a number of other theatre productions, including the musical A Little Night Music, before making her film debut in the 2003 musical comedy Camp, for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Chlotrudis Award and Best Debut Performance Independent Spirit Award for her portrayal of the character Fritzi Wagner.
In 2007 she appeared in her next film, Rocket Science, in which she portrayed Ginny Ryerson, a fast-talking high school debater. Although she says she found the role intimidating and challenging after watching an actual national collegiate championship debate, her performance was highly praised by critics and she was nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress.
In late 2007, she auditioned for the role of Jessica Stanley in Twilight, a 2008 film adapted from the titular first book of the novel series by Stephenie Meyer. She had intended to do a mix-and-match audition with various actors, but was too ill and had to leave; she was, however, brought in for a later session where she was given the role.