In the new ensemble comedy Table 19, Anna Kendrick stars alongside Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant and Wyatt Russell, playing a woman who was relieved of her maid of honour duties at her best friend's wedding when she was dumped by the best man.

Table 19Anna Kendrick stars in 'Table 19'

The title refers to the worst table at the back of the reception. "There are always the people you don't want at your wedding but have to invite anyway," Kendrick explains. "This movie is about all of them at one table."

And she admits that she would rather be there than up front with the bridal party. "I want to sit in the back," she laughs. "You can get drunk there!"

Table 19 reunites Kendrick with director Jeffrey Blitz, who made her breakout movie Rocket Science. "So 10 years later we got to work together again," she smiles. "Even though a lot of people in the general public didn't see it, a lot of filmmakers saw Rocket Science and that's the reason that I have a career."

Watch the trailer for 'Table 19' here:


And it's a particularly busy one. Kendrick had five films in cinemas last year, from comedy (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) to thriller (The Accountant) to animated musical (Trolls). "It's funny, I sort of unwittingly became like a major workaholic in recent years," she admits. "Last year I was writing my book, and Pitch Perfect 3 kept shifting around in its schedule, so I was on default hiatus. I was really worried that I would go crazy, because usually I make like five movies a year. But it was actually great, so I'm really nervous that I'm going to turn into a hermit who just comes out when I need to pay the rent."

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Even so, she has her gay icon credentials to fall back on, mainly due to her debut role in Camp (2003), plus musical roles in Pitch Perfect and Into the Woods. "Oh man," she laughs. "I'm such a 

straight, cis, Boringface McGee over here, so I love that that could be even a little true. The idea that I'm resonating with other people who have ever felt like outsiders is the coolest. I remember my parents having to tell me as a kid that there were people, like some people in our church, who objected to homosexuality. I was like, 'Wait, so they're idiots, right?'"

Being outspoken comes naturally to her, so she doesn't see herself as a very good role model. "I don't feel a lot of responsibility in general," Kendrick says. "I have very low expectations for myself!"