Anna Kendrick counts herself among President Barack Obama’s many fans, but that didn’t stop her from calling him an asshole the first time they met. The Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect star recalled the incident during an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, explaining how it began innocently enough: “I got an email saying, ‘Hey, do you want to meet the president?’” Kendrick said. “Naturally, I said, ‘Of what?’ and they were like, ‘The country, you idiot.’”
During the group meeting, Obama used a discussion of the economy as a segue to bring up “Up in the Air.” Later, when they met one-on-one, he told her, “I hope I didn’t embarrass you earlier.” Her response: “Yeah, you’re such an asshole.” Kendrick was clearly mortified, but appears to have recovered gracefully.
“Thinking about my conversation with the Secret Service agent, I said, ‘Yes, and actually I was the first person here,’” she went on to explain, referring to an earlier moment when she met a fellow Mainer. “And I start to talk about his Secret Service agent and he goes, ‘Are people from Maine really punctual?’ And I was like, ‘You didn’t know that? You’re the president.’”
Watch the full exchange above, with the relevant portion beginning at 2:48.