Anna Kendrick has a complicated relationship with dolls.
Kendrick, 30, discussed her upcoming film Trolls, saying she was drawn to voicing a character in the animated movie because she loves the quirky imperfections of the dolls – something she definitely didn’t feel about her Barbies growing up.
“I had a confusing relationship with my Barbies, but I love Trolls!” admitted Kendrick during a press event for the DreamWorks Animation musical comedy. “I tortured my Barbies,” she confessed.
The actress said she feels more kinship toward the less physically idealized Trolls. “They are that kind of ugly-cute. It’s hard to say what draws kids to them, but I think it’s like pug dogs. They’re, like, so ugly, but they’re cute.”
Kendrick’s costar Justin Timberlake echoed the same sentiment, saying he felt Troll dolls’ adorably imperfect nature was essential to their appeal, particularly for young girls.
“I’m sure growing up it’s easy to go through some sort of body dysmorphia thing. I feel like they probably are very disarming,” he said.
“I remember in second or third grade, I didn’t have them but every girl in school had one,” he added. “They had the Treasure Trolls, the ones with the jewels on the belly. I remember the pencil toppers. Girls would brush the hair.”
And Kendrick knew exactly what Timberlake, 35, was talking about.
“I had the pencil toppers, which made it seem like homework was fun even when homework wasn’t fun,” said Kendrick, who also recalled being eager to know what type of Troll her big-screen character, the bubbly, pink-hued Poppy, would be.
“My first question to them after they finished pitching me the movie was, ‘Does Poppy have a diamond belly button?'” she revealed. “And they said, ‘No, but she has glitter freckles.’ So I was like, ‘Okay – that’s fine!’ ”
Trolls hits theater Nov. 4.