Pitch Perfect 3: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and other cast members share their favourite memories of making the movies

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The Barden Bellas will reunite for one last time in Pitch Perfect 3.

The wait is almost over! The Barden Bellas hit their final notes in Pitch Perfect 3 (opening next Thursday, January 18). But before they go, the cast and producer Elizabeth Banks share their favorite memories of making the movies.

Beca's Cups audition: how it all began

Elizabeth Banks: “We were going to [have Beca] do I’m a Little Teapot in her audition sequence, something just snarky and not taking it seriously. And then we thought, let’s just do Cups.”

Anna Kendrick (Beca): “It was something that I learned to do seeing a link on Reddit, and because I’m a huge loser and a nerd, I was like, ‘Oh, I’m definitely going to teach myself how to do that!’ And then when I was meeting about the movie, I was like, ‘This is a thing I can do,’ and they wanted to put it in the movie.”

Elizabeth Banks: “But I think my favourite audition was Hana Mae Lee (Lilly). She sang a Korean lullaby to us, but she turned around and faced the wall and sang it really small. It was very beautifully done, but it was so weird that we were like, we need this in the movie.”

Besties at first sight

Brittany Snow (Chloe): “I actually asked Anna Camp (Aubrey) out on a girlfriend date the first day that we were there because we were playing best friends. I knew it was important for us to bond. I was really hoping that I liked her, and I asked her out to dinner. Within 10 minutes, I realised that we were going to be really good friends. And then it kind of became very odd how much we were hitting it off. We have the exact same sense of humour.”

Hana Mae Lee: “The first movie, we were so young. We all kind of bonded immediately, within the first week, going out to dinner every night. We’d always go to this restaurant called Sullivan’s and then to another place across from our hotel called The Cove ...We’d go to New Orleans on the weekend, we’d go to football games together.”

Ester Dean (Cynthia): “It’s like going to school your freshman year. Me and Rebel (Fat Amy) we just hit it off. We just sat and girl-talked between scenes. [But as a music producer], I was living a double life. I ended up writing Where Have You Been for Rihanna while I was doing Pitch Perfect. I was in the studio in the middle of the night making music.”

Bonding at camp in Pitch Perfect 2

Ester Dean: “I had never been to camp. I was so scared to jump in the water because I can’t swim. They gave me a life vest, but every take Anna Kendrick would swim out there to pull me in. And I just thought to myself, ‘These are girls who will come and get you! They won’t watch you drown.’”

Anna Kendrick: “There were a couple of us who are scared of heights, so we had to kind of coax them into [jumping], but it was really fun. Ester Dean is super-afraid of heights, so we were all cheering her on and were really proud of her.”

Hana Mae Lee: “When we’re zip lining through the water, my zip line just stopped maybe 20 feet away from the water and I had to jump. At that time I was wearing a wig, because I had blond hair. It felt like I was on those Japanese game shows.”

Shooting Pitch Perfect 3’s emotional finale

Ester Dean: “We got up [that] morning knowing that we leave. You were packing that morning to go home.”

Hana Mae Lee: “It felt kind of sad because it’s like if you went to school with your friends and now you don’t know where everyone is going to go. It felt like that.”

Brittany Snow: “We talk all the time about how weird it is, what would have happened if we didn’t do this movie. Anna [Camp, who married co-star Skyler Astin] would have had a different life, husband. I would have not been in her wedding. My best friends are in this movie.”

The Bellas are super generous

Ester Dean: “I got everyone Valentine’s Day gifts ... because everybody was away from their boyfriends. ... Rebel took all the girls to Mexico for a vacation! But I just couldn’t go [because] I went to work with Afrojack. I was so mad I missed it.”

Brittany Snow: “We all have specific going away gifts that we give. Kendrick is usually very generous and sentimental. Rebel usually does extravagant trips. From the very beginning of filming, we start planning our gifts. This year I got individual View-Masters [with slideshows] made. I put inside jokes correlating with the pictures.”

Edited by Jamie Lam

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