Let's raise a toast to Anna Kendrick, who got drunk while shooting her new movie "Drinking Buddies."

"It was very, very bizarre," Kendrick told Vulture in a new interview. How she got there: "Drinking Buddies," in which Kendrick co-stars with Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston, is a lot different than other movies. Director Joe Swanberg didn't provide his actors with a script, only an outline of what should happen in the scenes. That technique allowed Swanberg to get honest performances out of his cast, and gave him room to serve actual alcohol when the moment called for some. From Kendrick's interview with Vulture reporter Jennifer Vineyard:

During a scene at the bar, they gave me fake beer, but then during a scene where I'm playing cards with Jake, they gave me real beer, and I didn't realize it! And so every time I lost, I was pounding beer, and I didn't realize it was real until halfway through the take. I was like, I'm super drunk right now! And so as soon as the take was over, I had to announce to everybody that I was drunk at work. I was horrified by the idea that I was going to be the next troublesome star who got drunk and started flipping over tables or whatever. I just tried to sit quietly until I sobered up.

Kendrick's tipsy behavior was not lost on Johnson. “Anna is one of the bigger lightweights I've ever been around," he told The Daily Beast in March. "She chugged a real beer thinking it was nonalcoholic, and got drunk instantly."

As Wilde was quick to point out, however, the booze was part of the film's very fabric. "The reason we wanted to drink the beer wasn't to loosen up, it was because we were working within this very specific world in the film -- the craft-beer world of Chicago -- so we wanted to be able to improvise accordingly," Wilde said in a separate interview with The Daily Beast.

To that end, Kendrick's performance in "Drinking Buddies" is one of her best yet -- and not just because of one boozy scene. Fans can see for themselves when "Drinking Buddies" debuts in limited release on Aug. 23 (the film is also available on VOD). More from Kendrick can be found at Vulture.

[via Vulture]

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  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: (L-R) Director Joe Swanberg, actor Ron Livingston, actor Jake Johnson and actress Olivia Wilde attend the screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at the ArcLight Cinemas on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - Red Carpet

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Actor Jake Johnson arrives for the screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at ArcLight Cinemas on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - Red Carpet

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Director Joe Swanberg and actors Ron Livingston, Jake Johnson and Olivia Wilde arrive for the screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at Umami Burger Hollywood on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - After Party

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Director Joe Swanberg and actor Jake Johnson arrive for the screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at Umami Burger Hollywood on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - After Party

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Director Joe Swanberg and actor Jake Johnson arrive for the screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at Umami Burger Hollywood on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - After Party

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Director Joe Swanberg and actors Ron Livingston, Jake Johnson and Olivia Wilde arrive for the screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at Umami Burger Hollywood on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - Red Carpet

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Director Joe Swanberg and actors Ron Livingston, Jake Johnson and Olivia Wilde arrive for the screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at Umami Burger Hollywood on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - After Party

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Actors Ron Livingston and Olivia Wilde attend the after party for a screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at Umami Burger Hollywood on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - After Party

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Director Joe Swanberg, actors Ron Livingston and Olivia Wilde attend the after party for a screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at Umami Burger Hollywood on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - After Party

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Actors Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis attend the after party for a screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at Umami Burger Hollywood on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - After Party

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Actors Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis attend the after party for a screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at Umami Burger Hollywood on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - After Party

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Actors Jason Sudeikis, Ron Livingston and Olivia Wilde attend the after party for a screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at Umami Burger Hollywood on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - After Party

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Actors Ron Livingston and Jake Johnson attend the after party for a screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at Umami Burger Hollywood on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Actors Jake Johnson and Justin Long attend the after party for a screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at Umami Burger Hollywood on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - After Party

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Actors Ron Livingston and Jake Johnson attend the after party for a screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at Umami Burger Hollywood on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - After Party

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Actors Ron Livingston and Jake Johnson attend the after party for a screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at Umami Burger Hollywood on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - After Party

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Director Joe Swanberg, actress Olivia Wilde and producer Alicia Van Couvering attend the after party for a screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at Umami Burger Hollywood on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - Red Carpet

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Producers Andrea Roa, Alicia Van Couvering, director Joe Swanberg, actors Ron Livingston, Jake Johnson,Olivia Wilde and Ti West arrive for the screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at Umami Burger Hollywood on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - Red Carpet

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Director Joe Swanberg and actors Ron Livingston, Jake Johnson and Olivia Wilde arrive for the screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at Umami Burger Hollywood on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Actor Ron Livingston attends the screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at the ArcLight Cinemas on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - Red Carpet

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Actors Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde arrive for the screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at ArcLight Cinemas on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - Red Carpet

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Actors Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde arrive for the screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at ArcLight Cinemas on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - Red Carpet

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Actors Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde arrive for the screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at ArcLight Cinemas on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - Red Carpet

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Actors Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde arrive for the screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at ArcLight Cinemas on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - Red Carpet

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Actors Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde arrive for the screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at ArcLight Cinemas on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - Red Carpet

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Actors Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde arrive for the screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at ArcLight Cinemas on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of Magnolia Pictures' "Drinking Buddies" - Red Carpet

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Actress Olivia Wilde arrives for the screening of Magnolia Pictures' 'Drinking Buddies' at ArcLight Cinemas on August 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" Brooklyn Screening

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 19: Actress Olivia Wilde attends the 'Drinking Buddies' screening at Nitehawk Cinema on August 19, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" Brooklyn Screening

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 19: Actor/director Joe Swanberg and actress Olivia Wilde attend the 'Drinking Buddies' screening at Nitehawk Cinema on August 19, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" Brooklyn Screening

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 19: Actress Olivia Wilde attends the 'Drinking Buddies' screening at Nitehawk Cinema on August 19, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" Brooklyn Screening

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 19: Actress Olivia Wilde attends the 'Drinking Buddies' screening at Nitehawk Cinema on August 19, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" Brooklyn Screening

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 19: Actor/director Joe Swanberg attends the 'Drinking Buddies' screening at Nitehawk Cinema on August 19, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

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    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Actress Anna Kendrick poses for a portrait at the World Premiere of 'Drinking Buddies' at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" World Premiere - 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Director Joe Swanberg (L) and actor Jake Johnson pose for a portrait at the World Premiere of 'Drinking Buddies' at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" World Premiere - 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Director Joe Swanberg (L) and actor Jake Johnson pose for a portrait at the World Premiere of 'Drinking Buddies' at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" World Premiere - 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Director Joe Swanberg poses for a portrait at the World Premiere of 'Drinking Buddies' at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" World Premiere - 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Actress Olivia Wilde poses for a portrait at the World Premiere of 'Drinking Buddies' at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" World Premiere - 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Director Joe Swanberg (L) and actor Jake Johnson pose for a portrait at the World Premiere of 'Drinking Buddies' at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" World Premiere - 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Actress Olivia Wilde poses for a portrait at the World Premiere of 'Drinking Buddies' at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" World Premiere - 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Actor Ron Livingston poses for a portrait at the World Premiere of 'Drinking Buddies' at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" World Premiere - 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Actor Ron Livingston poses for a portrait at the World Premiere of 'Drinking Buddies' at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" World Premiere - 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Actor Ron Livingston poses for a portrait at the World Premiere of 'Drinking Buddies' at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" World Premiere - 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Actor Jake Johnson poses for a portrait at the World Premiere of 'Drinking Buddies' at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" World Premiere - 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Actor Jake Johnson poses for a portrait at the World Premiere of 'Drinking Buddies' at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" World Premiere - 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Director Joe Swanberg poses for a portrait at the World Premiere of 'Drinking Buddies' at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" World Premiere - 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Director Joe Swanberg (L) and wife Kris Swanberg attend the World Premiere of 'Drinking Buddies' at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" World Premiere - 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Actress Olivia Wilde attends the World Premiere of 'Drinking Buddies' at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" World Premiere - 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Actress Olivia Wilde attends the World Premiere of 'Drinking Buddies' at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" World Premiere - 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Actress Anna Kendrick (L) and actress Olivia Wilde attend the World Premiere of 'Drinking Buddies' at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" World Premiere - 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Actress Olivia Wilde attends the World Premiere of 'Drinking Buddies' at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

  • "Drinking Buddies" World Premiere - 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Actor Ron Livingston attends the World Premiere of 'Drinking Buddies' at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)