Anna Kendrick just gave the best answer to why she doesn’t want kids

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Moya Crockett

If you’re a woman who doesn’t want kids, you’re probably used to having to defend your position. At worst, saying that you’re not interested in motherhood elicits suspicion or anger from others – but a more common response is the simple assumption that you will, eventually, come around.

“You’ll change your mind when you meet the right man!” is a popular refrain, and one that makes us want to bang our heads against a brick wall.

But how best to respond, when informed that you’ll want children eventually? Enter Anna Kendrick: actress, singer, and sarcastic Twitter comedian extraordinaire.


Kendrick doesn’t want to be a mother. She is on record on the matter, stating in her new memoir, Scrappy Little Nobody: “I will always feel children aren’t for me.”

But in a recent interview with E! News, Kendrick was pulled up on this line by a reporter, who asks if she stands by what she said.

Seeing as it’s a fairly unambiguous statement in a book that has literally just come out, it seems unlikely that Kendrick has had a sudden change of heart. But she tackles the question like a pro, regardless.

“Yeah,” she says, widening those cartoonish eyes of hers. “You know, if I have kids, it’s just another kid that your kid is going to have to fight when the water wars come.”

Water wars – conflict over access to water resources – are a problem that is anticipated to get worse in the relatively near future, thanks to climate change, a surging world population and industrialisation.

“The zombie apocalypse is coming,” Kendrick continues, deadpan, “and with my genes I don’t think [my children] would really last.”

Indicating her small frame, she says: “I’m worried about upper body strength, coordination. These are not things that I would pass on. So, you know. [My kids] are just going to be food.”

Invoking the zombie apocalypse: a novel way of getting around the question of why you don’t want children, and one we recommend everyone tries in future.


Image: Rex Features


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Moya Crockett

Moya is Contributing Women’s Editor at and Deputy Editor of Stylist Loves, Stylist's daily email newsletter. As well as writing about inspiring women and feminism, she also covers subjects including careers, politics and psychology. Carrying a bottle of hot sauce on her person at all times is one of the many traits she shares with both Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton.

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