Pitch Perfect‘s Anna Kendrick delivered a powerful speech after being recognized for her work with the Trevor Project as a Variety Power of Women honouree along with Oprah Winfrey, Salma Hayek Pinault, Gwyneth Paltrow and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki.
The Variety event happens biannually in both Los Angeles and New York and is devoted to honour women in the entertainment industry who use their public power for good — raising awareness and doing their part in improving the social state of things.
Kendrick, introduced by Friends’ Lisa Kudrow, has been embracing her star status for a while now. Though her leading lady roles are what most know her for, this event celebrated her part in the Trevor Project, providing crisis intervention and suicide services to LGBTQ youth.
Famous for her good humour on Twitter and a good sport about being half of a non-canon fan-popular femme slash ship, Bechloe from Pitch Perfect — Kendrick never fails to represent herself as anything less than a quality human being.
Social media savvy with a strong hashtag game, Kendrick is in the know.
“If you’ve spent any time on social media, you’ve probably see there’s a sexual revolution happening,” Kendrick said. “And it’s beautiful and it’s fun and it’s exciting, and it gives me hope that this generation is onto something.”
Her speech goes onto address the beauty of diversity, her promotion of strong, positive ideals and faith in young people. Articulate, eloquent and real — it’s clear Kendrick lives the basic truths she speaks of.
Of course it was Winfrey who received the standing ovation at this event after a tear-jerking speech that filled everyone’s heart with warmth. Winfrey, with her magical words and distinct perceptive on life re-directed her attention to all the women in the room.
“What we’ve done, you can do,” Winfrey said, “The real empowerment comes when each person leaves the room and makes a decision.”