While preparing for Woods, the musical director warned her that no Cinderella had ever nailed the big ballad, "On the Steps of the Palace," an atonal whirlwind.

"There's always a note or two that's wrong because the song is impossible," Kendrick says, "so I made it my mission to actually get the fucking notes right, which I didn't realize was going to be such a problem." Doesn't that sounds like the vow of a Type-A overachiever, after all?

With Lena Dunham and Jude Swanberg
With Lena Dunham and Jude Swanberg

"I guess," Kendrick says reluctantly. She pauses, then bursts out laughing. "Or you could look at it like, well, that's my fucking job."

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