Anna Camp Isn't Interested In Being a Size 0
The Pitch Perfect 3 star talks about indulging, unplugging—and why she couldn't care less about losing weight.
Between a stint on Broadway performing eight shows a week and a mega press tour for Pitch Perfect 3-out on Friday, finally!-Anna Camp is busy, to say the least. When she hasn't been promoting her role as uptight Bellas leader Aubrey, Camp has been fighting for the chance to bring another role back to life in Good Girls Revolt, the Amazon show about workplace sex discrimination in the 1960s, which was canceled just a few weeks after its release. So it's safe to say that she has a few thoughts about female empowerment.
We talked to her about how she finds balance and keeps her stamina (and sanity) this time of year-plus what she's learned about body confidence and girl power in her 30s.
Find balance-but let yourself indulge.
"We've been on this press tour for Pitch Perfect 3, so I've been traveling a ton and trying to focus on eating a lot of vegetables, drinking tons of water, and getting plenty of sleep. Today's the last day that I'm doing any promoting, so I get to go home to California and indulge and relax and have some hot toddies. I made one the other night-you just need a little bit of cider, some Captain Morgan, and then you add an orange slice and cinnamon stick in a hot mug. You look really fancy, but it's so easy."
Only do workouts you love.
"I'm not a yoga person-my brain won't shut off and I have really bad wrists. I like to keep moving, so I do a lot of cardio. If I have the right playlist and can rock out to some really awesome music, I can chill on an elliptical forever! I'm not into the classroom studio setting as much, but I do enjoy SoulCycle. My favorite, though, is hiking and being outside because I have a dog. So I get to give him a great walk and get exercise at the same time, which is really, really great. I find it's good for dancing and choreography because you need to be constantly moving and on your toes."
Put your phone down-and stop comparing yourself to people on Instagram.
"I have a meditative morning ritual. For the first 30 minutes that I wake up, I don't look at my phone. Otherwise, I'll get sucked into the Twitter-sphere and go on Instagram and feel FOMO and like someone is already better than me before I even step out of bed. My brain becomes so inundated with all of these things that I can't hear what's really going on with me and connect with my truth. So I go and have a cup of hot water with lemon, then I'll make my almond milk latte. I feel like in order to set myself up to have a great day, I need to be in touch with how I'm feeling first. It's easier said than done and I don't always have time to do it, but I try to make that a rule. It's helped out with how calm I am for the rest of the day, my relationship with my husband-it just brings everything to a focus, which is really important, I think."
Embrace your curves. And screw working out to fit into a smaller dress size.
"When I turned 30, things clicked in for me a little bit more [Brittany Snow talked about this too]. I stopped trying to please other people. I began standing up for myself more, speaking my own mind more. I became more confident in the way that I looked. I started working out to be healthy and to feel good, not to lose weight. And I feel like every year that I get older, the more comfortable that I am with how I look. I've got curves in certain places that back in the day in college I tried to get rid of by eating a lot less and working out an obsessive amount. But now I realize that that's why I'm special. So I've definitely become happier and it's given me a confidence that I didn't have necessarily when I was in my teens and my early 20s, that I'm very happy and thankful that I have now. It's not about squeezing into a size 0-that doesn't give you any more self-worth."
Women supporting other women is everything.
"Doing press for the movie, you get asked so many questions like, What's it like working with so many women? Does it take you a long time to get ready with everybody? And I'm like, it's so much fun! We're super supportive, we lucked out that way for sure. I didn't realize going into it that it would be so much girl power. When Anna Kendrick spoke out about how she was pressured to show more skin, I heard that and was like, yes girl, work-for sure. I was super happy when I heard she was like, uh no I think we're okay. That's not what we're selling here you know? That's the opposite of what we're selling. This project is about empowering women-and showing young girls how to learn from each other and work together, something I was never taught growing up-not about wearing bikinis and showing lots of skin in order to be quote-unquote sexy."
The surge of female empowerment is just getting started.
"I was so proud to be a part of Good Girls Revolt-and really, really infuriated when it got canceled. We were so upset because so many people responded to it. And then when we found out everything about the president of Amazon, Roy Price, it was just really disappointing. But I'm so happy to see what's happening and this surge of female empowerment and that the rules are changing-this show was about the beginning when those rules just started to shift and that's why it was so timely and so important. I don't know if the show will come back or not, but I know it's not dead. If not this show, then I hope other shows with strong female leads will continue telling these stories."