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Anna Kendrick's boyfriend was kept a secret for years but now she's dating a fellow A-lister

''As far as keeping it private, it isn't easy.''

By Rebecca Sullivan
Isn't it funny how there are some celebrity couples who seem to slide completely under the radar - think Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes or Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz - and manage to keep their relationships completely out of the spotlight?
That's exactly what Anna Kendrick set out to do when she dated British cinematographer Ben Richardson. But now, the Pitch Perfect actress appears to be in a very low-key relationship with Saturday Night Live and Barry star Bill Hader.
According to a January 2022 report by PEOPLE, Anna and Bill have been dating "quietly for over a year".
"They met years ago. She's hosted Saturday Night Live and they've done a movie together, but they got together well after the movie," a source told the publication.
"They are both very private people, and with the pandemic it was easy to keep it quiet. They're both hysterical so they must keep each other laughing all of the time. She's really, really happy."
Anna and Bill starred in 2019 Christmas movie Noelle together. Bill previously dated actress Rachel Bilson - they amicably broke up six months after making their relationship public at the 2020 Golden Globes.
Anna Kendrick stars in TV series Love Life, although ironically, she refuses to talk about her own love life publicly. (Image: Getty)
Anna has managed to keep her romantic relationships under wraps for years.
Despite starring in some of the highest-grossing movies in recent years, she makes a concerted effort to ensure her own love life remains private, refusing to talk about boyfriends in interviews and never posting about them on social media.
And that's entirely intentional.
"Well, as far as keeping it private, it isn't easy, as you are proving right now," Anna jokingly told a journalist when asked about her private life during an interview with Fairfax Media in 2020.
"But that's just always how it's been for me."
According to PEOPLE, Anna is dating actor Bill Hader. (Image: Getty)
Anna was previously in a relationship with British cinematographer Ben Richardson since February 2014.
While she never confirmed exactly how they met, Ben worked on the 2013 indie film Drinking Buddies, which Anna also starred in, so it's likely their romance began on set then.
Ben, who also worked on the hit film The Fault In Our Stars, reunited with Anna again for work purposes in the 2014 movie Happy Christmas.
Since they officially started dating, the pair were never been photographed on the red carpet together and abstained from posting pictures of one another on Instagram. (Ben's page just features lots of lovely landscape photographs).
However, there are a few group pictures of the couple attending press events for Happy Christmas and Drinking Buddies swirling around online.
(L-R) Ben Richardson, actor Mark Webber, Anna Kendrick and director Joe Swanberg at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to promote their movie Happy Christmas. (Image: Getty)
(L-R) Ben Richardson, actor Jake Johnson, director Ben Swanberg, actress Olivia Wilde, actor Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick at the premiere of Drinking Buddies in 2013. (Image: Getty)
(L-R) Ben Richardson, director Joe Swanberg, Trevor Groth, actor Mark Webber and Anna Kendrick at the Happy Christmas premiere in 2014. (Image: Getty)
Anna, who has previously been linked to her former co-star Jake Gyllenhaal and UK director Edgar Wright (they dated from 2009 until 2013), was in 2019 forced to clear up rumours she was romantically linked to hockey player Anthony Beauvillier, after he cheekily tweeted her with a simple message - "Hi" - on Boxing Day.
Anna's fans got in on the action, jokingly tweeting made-up stories of Anthony's heroism, pretending to vouch for his good character.
"Remember Beau when you saved me from a burning building, cooked me a 7 course meal and taught me 8 languages , that was a great day," one fan tweeted.
Another wrote: "Beau, thank you again for saving all those kittens at that animal shelter in the Bahamas when the Hurricane hit. Still amazed that you swam to Miami with them on your back."
And Anna's reply to the social media storm was gold too.
She tweeted: "These replies have been my entertainment for the last two days. Thank you all for regaling me with the true tales of this man's heroism."
Spotted! Anna and ex-boyfriend Ben pictured during a rare public outing. (Image: Getty)
The couple enjoying a quiet stroll together. (Image: Getty)