Anna Camp

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Anna Camp

Born

9/27/1982, Aiken, South Carolina, USA

Birth Name

Anna Ragsdale Camp

Gender

Female
  • Anna Camp on The Mindy Project Season 1.
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Broadway, film and television actress Anna Camp, known to cable TV audiences as Sarah Newlin on HBO's thriller drama True Blood, was raised in Columbia, South Carolina where she attended Meadowfield Elementary School. In second grade, she began taking acting courses and made her debut performance as a…more

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  • Trivia

    • Ann received her degree, as a Bachelor in Fine Arts, from the School of the Arts of the University of North Carolina.

    • Ann graduated high-school in 2000, from the UNCSA School of Drama

    • Ann was born in Aiken, South Carolina, but grow up in Columbia, South Carolina.

    • While still in high-school, Ann was introduced to acting, in the cast of a production for Drug Abuse Resistance Education.

    • Ann attended the Meadowfield Elementary School.

    • In 2013, Ann was nominated to a Teen Choice Award, in the category of Choice Movie: Hissy Fit, together with her Pitch Perfect movie co-stars Hana Mae Lee, Brittany Snow, and Rebel Wilson

    • In 2010, Ann was nominated, together with all the cast from the TV series True Blood, a Screen Actors Guild Award in the category Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

    • In 2009, Ann won, in the Satellite Awards, together with all the cast from the TV series True Blood, a Special Achievement Award in the category Best Ensemble, Television.

    • In 2013, Ann was nominated for a MTV Movie Award in the category Best WTF Moment.

    • In 2013, Ann won, together with all the cast from the movie Pitch Perfect, a MTV Movie Award in the category Best Musical Moment.

    • Anna appeared in the music video for the single "Marry Me" by the rock band Train.

    • Anna is the president of Vodka Cran Productions.

    • Anna is 5'5" (1.65 m) tall.

    • One of the shows Anna is really into is Mad Men. She also watches shows from HBO like Hung and Entourage.

    • Camp originally auditioned for the pilot of True Blood but didn't land a role. A year later, she got a call-back from show creator Alan Ball and was offered the part of Sarah Newlin without having to re-audition.

    • In 2007, Camp made her television debut in the made-for-TV dramedy Reinventing the Wheelers co-starring Misha Collins, Sarah Drew, and Rachel Cannon.

    • While attending the drama program at Dreher High School in Columbia, South Carolina, Anna was honored by being named the Thespian of the Year.

    • When she got to New York, Anna's first professional acting job after graduating from college was appearing in a commercial for Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

    • Camp is featured in the School of Drama Alumni Spotlight section on the website of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

    • She was nominated for a Lucille Lortel award for her performance in the Second Stage production of The Scene.

    • Her mother, Dee Camp, is an avid Barack Obama follower and a volunteer for the Democratic Party while her father, Thomas Sewell Camp, is a chief executive of a small bank in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She has a sister, Saluda, who is also an actress.

    • In February 2008, Anna made her Broadway debut, portraying the character of Nancy Stoddard in The Country Girl at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in New York. She also played Jill Marson in Equus alongside Daniel Radcliffe at Broadhust Theatre, also in New York.

    • Film, Video, and TV Movie Credits: • Autumn Wanderer (2013) as Sara • Pitch Perfect (2012) as Aubrey • Forgetting the Girl (2012) as Adrienne Gilcrest • The Help (2011) as Jolene French • Bottleworld (2009) as Chrissy • 8 Easy Steps (2009) as Laura • Just Make Believe (2008) as Kristin • Pretty Bird (2008) as Becca French • And Then Came Love (2007) as Kikki • Reinventing the Wheelers (2007) (TV) as Meg Wheeler

  • Quotes

    • Anna: (on a cappella singers as it relates to her movie Pitch Perfect) Yeah, they're incredibly talented. Before Pitch Perfect, I didn't realize how difficult it was. You have to lock in, find your note. You have to know your part inside and out, and then to add choreography on top of it? It's insane.

    • Anna: (on the resurgence of musicals) It's everywhere. There's Glee, and they're bringing back a lot of musical movies. I used to watch a lot of Judy Garland films and musicals growing up, but then it reached a point when those just weren't cool anymore. But suddenly it's all back.

    • Anna: (on being a Jessica Lange fan) I'm a huge fan of Jessica Lange and 'American Horror Story.' I would love to work with her. She's been one of my favorite actresses for a while.

    • Anna: (on the strugles in her early acting career) I've been acting since second grade, and I just remember when I first moved to New York and I was living in Washington Heights with three other actors in this tiny apartment and busting my butt to get to the subway, walking to, like, five auditions in a day.

    • Anna: I went to college at North Carolina School of the Arts and took a lot of singing classes, and it really is so connected to emotions.

    • Anna: (on how her Southern upbringing influenced her) Well, I'm from the South originally. I grew up in South Carolina definitely learning about manners and being proper and having to go to cotillions.

    • Anna: (on her careeer beginning) I started doing regional theater. My first job was 'The Importance of Being Earnest' at Dallas Theater Center

    • Anna: (on her opinion regarding what audiences want) I think that the audience wants to see women being put into real situations where they can relate to them, rather than seeing some glamorous woman in a 'Bond' film.

    • Anna: (on her singing) I went to School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, and we had a bunch of singing classes. My first job in New York was an Off-Broadway musical.

    • Anna: (on being from the South) In the South, you don't say exactly what's going on or what's on your mind.

    • Anna: I've been acting since second grade, telling stories, making my parents laugh here and there, so I'm hoping my 'thing' is acting. But I also make a really good bread pudding.

    • Anna: (on having or not singing talent) Ultimately, I don't think you can teach a tone-deaf person how to sing. Some talents you're just born with, unfortunately.

    • Anna: I think everybody wants to be a rock star.

    • Anna: The word 'revelation' is used far too often to describe random things these days...

    • Anna: Don't just be kind to people you want something from. Be kind to everyone. Or at least try.

    • Anna: (on her role Broadway production of Equus) I had a lot of thought; I didn't even know if I was going to do Equus because of the nudity and because of the high profile [aspect] of it. But you only live once and you have to take those risks because you'll only be a better person or actor because of it.

    • Anna: A character that's surprising, that surprises from scene to scene and show to show, is the best kind of character to play.

    • Anna: I would rather do something that's challenging rather than something that's easy, always.

    • Anna: When I first started doing TV and film, it was a scary place. On stage you can be incredibly free because you can do so much physically and with your voice, because you're trying to reach over 1000 people in a room. And when I got [in front of] the camera, I became a little more constrained because I was worried about not being too big or not being over the top.

    • Anna: (on enjoying doing comedy) Oh, absolutely! It's one of my favorite things to do. I didn't really realize it. I grew up acting since second grade and always watched these old movies and these dramatic scenes and wanted to be a very dramatic actor. But it's just so refreshing to have fun, to truthfully have fun and play with the other actors in a really safe, fun environment where you all want the same goal and trust each other so that it's really easy to be funny.

    • Anna: (on her play "Equus") I have so many friends who are like, 'I'm sorry, Anna, but I can't see your show!' [laughs] And if I had a million dollars I would pay for them; I wish I could, because it is something I'm really proud of. I'm incredibly proud of this play and the acting I'm doing in it.

    • Anna: I grew up just really wanting to act, not focusing on math or English or anything at school except drama. My favorite class would probably be recess, then acting after school.

    • Anna: Honestly, I'd rather be home watching the Food Network in my pajamas eating ice cream than going out to clubs.

    • Anna: My father, who went to military school, says if you're early, you're on time; if you're on time you're late and if you're late you're dead.

    • Anna: (on acting) I've always known it was something I had to do. It's very freeing for me. The safest place I feel is onstage.

    • Anna: (on having a shrink to help her with the psychological pressure of doing "Equus") I have a wonderful dresser who I talk to on a daily basis. She's fantastic and I do tip her well at the end of the week. She's kind of my therapist right now.

    • Anna: (on being part of the play "Equus") I just know that there are so many actors in New York who are incredibly talented and who are not big stars, and it's an uphill battle for everyone to climb, and I'm very lucky to be in the show.

    • Anna: I've never been one to even walk around the gym naked, but part of me figured if I was ever going to be naked on stage, it's better to do it on Broadway than in some Off-Broadway garage.

    • Anna: I don't want people following me and taking pictures, like with Daniel [Radcliffe]. I enjoy being anonymous. But I want to be successful at what I do.

    • Anna: (on her nude scene in "Equus") This is the most vulnerable I've ever been when it comes to acting. You can't hide behind the character. It's very scary that everyone who sees the show will see me naked. I wouldn't do it were it not this play. I wouldn't be naked in a film getting out of a shower.

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