As the Hollywood star stops home on her book tour, we map out her local haunts — from her path to school to her favorite shops.
A lot of Portland natives who’ve moved away will return home next week to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families, but Deering High grad-turned-Hollywood star Anna Kendrick has another item on her agenda.
On Wednesday, she’ll make an appearance at Books-A-Million in South Portland, posing for photos and signing copies her new book of autobiographical essays, “Scrappy Little Nobody.” The sold-out event is one of 10 stops on her book tour.
Although Kendrick, 31, spent much of her formative years outside of the state looking for her big break, Maine was where she got her start. And if the header photo of Portland Head Light on her Twitter account (with nearly 6 million followers) is any indication, she hasn’t forgotten it.
In light of her homecoming and the release of her memoir, we’ve mapped out some of the places in and around Portland that have played a role in the life of the star, from the time she was a “scrappy little nobody.”
Kendrick grew up on Fuller Street (1) in Portland and started taking dance classes at Spotlight Dance (4) in South Portland when she was just 4 or 5 years old.
She later starred in productions at Lyric Music Theater (6) and in commercials for Levinsky’s (5), the longtime Maine clothing retailer with a Portland location that was going strong at the time, but now only has a Windham store left.
Kendrick was only 12 years old when she got a role on Broadway in “High Society,” for which she received a Tony Award nomination. After its run, she returned to Lincoln Middle School (7).
That year, she had a solo in a holiday concert at the Portland Museum of Art (8), singing with Musica de Filia (9), a girls choir group of which Kendrick was a founding member.
Kendrick remembers walking from her house through Baxter Pines (2), what she recently recalled as the “little bitty woods,” to get to school – when she wasn’t catching a bus to auditions in New York City.
She made her film debut in “Camp” before returning to Deering High School (3) for her senior year, when she made the Honor Roll.
But Kendrick wasn’t pure goody-goody. She said she shoplifted a shirt from Abercrombie & Fitch when it opened in the Maine Mall (10) and wrote “Am I Popular Yet” across the chest with a marker.
Her affinity for unconventional style started early. At 8 years old, she said, she would get her mom to take her shopping at T.J. Maxx (11) by the mall for funky outfits like those worn by The Baby-Sitters Club’s Claudia, who was her “fashion hero.”
Kendrick’s mother, Jan, worked at Unum (12). The morning of the Oscar nominations in 2010, she decided to watch the announcements at home and go into work late. Sure enough, her daughter got the nod and when she arrived with the news, her coworkers applauded.
When Kendrick comes home to visit, she likes to eat at Street & Co. and Yosaku (13), though she admits she’s not completely up on Portland’s restaurant scene. “I know there are a lot of new places that I haven’t been to yet,” she said.
But it’s also her chance to revisit favorite places from childhood, like Victoria Mansion (14), which she spotlighted in March as one of her favorite Maine things (along with Pat’s Pizza and Allagash Curieux) as the guest editor for “Eat Drink Lucky.” She said she had visited the mansion on her last trip home.
This month, she said she was excited to go to Books-A-Million (15) because it’s the site of the former Borders bookstore where she would do her Christmas shopping.