Seemingly without warning, a protest that Anna Kendrick recently attended in Los Angeles took an "alarming" turn — thankfully she had just left before things got tense.
While speaking to James Corden, the "Trolls" star looked back favorably at her participation during a Black Lives Matter demonstration.
"My experience was really positive," she said. "It was really moving and meaningful. And I found it to be totally peaceful. And I had been nervous about going because, you know, there has been violence, but it was so wonderful. And I actually left after a few hours because I am an old lady and can only be on my feet in the sun for so long, obviously."
As she returned home, the actress found out the tide had turned at the protest she attended earlier in the day.
"I looked at my phone after about 20 minutes after leaving and I saw that there were rubber bullets being fired. Then, that a cop car was on fire," she said. "And at first, I honestly thought that that's a mistake, like, that can't be true; I was just there. So, it is really a confusing time to have been there and been like—you know when a situation is escalating and things are about to go crazy and the situation feels fraught. And it just wasn't that. So, it was pretty alarming to see what happened so soon after leaving."
Since the killing of George Floyd, who died while in police custody, the actress has posted multiple messages of support for Black Lives Matter. She has also donated to several organizations that aim to stop police brutality.
On Thursday, she shared a photo from a separate protest that she attended.
"This little boy's sign said: 'My mom said I matter,'" she wrote alongside the image. "Saw even more white folks out in support today which was cool to see, but guys, we should not lead the chant unless we understand the concept of the downbeat. Stay safe."