Anna Kendrick's new motto should be everyone's life goal

Aug 24, 2015 at 6:57 p.m. ET
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Anna Kendrick has gotten some good (and some really bad) life advice over the years.

And in a recent interview with Elle magazine for their "This is 30" anniversary edition, the Pitch Perfect star told us all about the compass that guides her life — and, of course, it's hilarious.

She said the best advice she ever received was from another funny and familiar face, James Corden, who told her basically to woman up just before performing at the Oscars after she mentioned to him that she was nervous. He said to her, "You have to enjoy yourself because the 13-year-old you would punch yourself if you didn’t."

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Pretty solid advice, actually. Think about that next time you turn down an invite because you've already taken off your bra and put sweatpants on.

The worst advice she has ever gotten is pretty bad, too. She was once told to never have a backup plan and, being young at the time, she listened. She said, "It really is terrible advice but I followed it. I had this singularity of focus." But she says that her success is "so much dumb luck and hard work and some kind of magical mixture of the two."

Good thing that worked out for her (good thing for us, too. Come on, do you follow her on Twitter? My life would be a little darker without her on Twitter.).

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But of all the advice she's gotten, good and bad, it is the advice she is giving that is best of all. When asked what her new motto is, she said, "I can't think of anything that wouldn't make me sound like a pretentious f***face."

She continued, "Maybe that should be my motto: Don't be a pretentious f***face."

New life motto, ladies and gentlemen.

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