“I hope I make people laugh, I hope I make people feel comfortable. I like to go out and have a good time. I don’t take myself too seriously. I never have. This is all one spinning granite planet, and I’m lucky I get to act and do what I love. Life is good. I’m not going to compete for attention.” — Anna Camp
Actress and singer, Anna Camp, celebrates her birthday today! Known for her roles in The Help and the Pitch Perfect film series, Camp has also acted in many acclaimed television shows, like True Blood, where she was awarded Best Ensemble Acting in a Drama Series at the Satellite Awards, and Mad Men. She also won Best Musical Moment at the MTV Movie Awards for Pitch Perfect, which she shared with fellow castmates, Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow.
Camp discovered her passion for acting in second grade after participating in a school play in her hometown of Aiken, South Carolina. She then went on to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and acted in many stage productions on and off-Broadway. At 25 years old, she was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for her performance in The Scene.
Her filmography mostly consists of comedies and the occasional drama, but Anna Camp certainly has a reputation for making us laugh on-screen. Her 2018 film, Egg, is a mixture of both: a dramedy about the complications, contradictions and absurdities in how we think about motherhood. Alongside Camp, the film stars Alysia Reiner and Christina Hendricks in lead roles. In her review, Brigid K. Presecky describes Egg as a “completely dialogue-based narrative, but this doesn’t detract from the story – it only adds to it, as we learn more about how these two women think differently about breastfeeding, nannies, surrogacy, natural birth and motherhood itself. Though much of the story is expository, it feels like a natural flow of conversation between friends who haven’t seen each other in a while. From the sometimes-awkward and stilted small talk to the understated judgment from both sides, it’s a relatable feature for women whose circle of friends contracts as years pass and we try to hold on to what we have in common… Anna Camp also stars as Tina’s flighty and naive surrogate, representing yet another kind of woman without resorting to the stereotype that might be created if the story was in different hands. Camp is subtle and smart in this brief portrayal, with her comic acting experience on full display.” You can also find Lesley Coffin’s interview with Egg director, Marianna Palka, here.
Celebrate Anna Camp’s birthday by watching one of her films, or reading about her on FF2 Media! We also recommend you check out her romantic drama, 1 Night, and read Brigid K. Presecky’s review of the film here!
©Anna Nappi (9/27/21) Special for FF2 Media.
CREDITS & PERMISSIONS
Featured photo: Anna Camp in Egg. OverEasy Productions.
Bottom photo: Anna Camp and Justin Chatwin in 1 Night. Canosa Productions.