1. She wanted to be a doctor when she was little, but not for the salary.
Specifically, she told her mom she wanted to work with poor people and not make them pay. When her mom asked her what she’d do for money, she said, “I’ll just write a check.”
2. She totally blew her first stage performance.
At 5 years old, she was set to perform Shirley Temple’s “On the Good Ship Lollipop” at a recital. Halfway through, she forgot the lyrics and face-planted on the stage for a while. After the song ended, she walked up to her mom and said, “Well, that was stupid.”
3. A friend once forced her to sneak in to see Iron Man without paying and she felt insanely guilty.
So guilty about it that when she met Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau a year later, she confessed what she did and offered them money.
4. The first person she had sex with slut-shamed her.
A few months after losing her virginity at 19, Anna’s boyfriend—who she was having sex with regularly—told her he thought sex before marriage was a sin. When she questioned him further, he told her the problem was that she was always the one initiating sex, saying, “You don’t have to be so, like, ready and willing.” Unsurprisingly, they broke up shortly after. Anna has this advice for young men:
If you want your eventual wife to be excited about sucking your dick for forty years, don’t create a generation of women who think enthusiasm about sex is a bad thing.
5. She isn’t totally comfortable with free designer clothes, and doesn’t want to be friends with people who use fashion as a status symbol.
I struggle with fashion, because growing up the way I did, it felt like something explicitly designed to distinguish people with money from people like me. Reading a magazine that said I was "supposed to" have some new bag or dress I couldn’t afford felt like crap. Now I get to wear these beautiful dresses and it’s hard to reconcile.
6. She has no idea what her butt looks like.
Anna once had to select a butt double for a movie, which involved looking at Polaroids of naked girls against a wall (which also made her feel like a creep). When she selected one, the producer said her butt was too square. Who knew a butt could be square?
7. She doesn’t like doing kissing scenes.
She says, “I find it totally clinical. It’s not about the people standing around, it’s about the fact that the other person doesn’t want to be kissing you. They are obligated to do it.”
8. Except for when she kissed Orlando Bloom in Digging for Fire.
Her reaction, once she was alone in her car? “I just made out with Legolas!”
9. She fully supports Spanx.
“When you see that mac and cheese at lunch (do it, you beautiful monster) you’ll be glad they’re there, doing the lord’s work,” she says.
10. She has some thoughts on being called “nice.”
In the professional realm, the opposite of nice is not "mean"; the opposite of nice is "difficult." Ninety percent of the people I’ve worked with who are disruptive or lazy or unskilled or addicts or likely to throw a tantrum are men. Ninety percent of the ones who get called “difficult” are women … I gave up on being Nice. I started putting more value on other qualities instead: passion, bravery, intelligence, practicality, humor, patience, fairness, sensitivity. Those last three might seem like they are covered by "nice," but they are not … I’d prefer to be around people who have any of the above qualities over "niceness," and I’d prefer if that applies to me too.
11. She’s had to take some weird classes to learn skills for certain roles.
Specifically: She had to learn how to sit behind someone riding a horse (that scene got cut), how to chop food like a chef (that scene got reworked so her hands never showed), and how to drive stick (they swapped out the car for an automatic).
12. Zac Efron once threw up on her feet.
During a scene for Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, the cast members had to eat fake pig guts (this scene, of course, also got cut). While Anna pretended to eat hers, Zac did, and just as she thought, "How is he not throwing up right now?" he did. She was barefoot.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.