Ester Dean, 35, voiced characters in the animated films “Rio” in 2011 and “Ice Age: Continental Drift” in 2012 before making her acting debut in the first installment of “Pitch Perfect.” She went on to reprise her role as Cynthia-Rose Adams in the second and third installments of the musical comedy film that stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Anna Camp.
Written by Mike White and Kay Cannon and directed by Trish Sie, “Pitch Perfect 3” will be released on Dec. 22, Friday. Sie was the director of the 2014 musical romantic drama “Step Up All In” starring Ryan Guzman and Briana Evigan.
In a recent interview with Teen Vogue, Dean was asked how her experience as a successful songwriter impacted her acting career and her career in the long term. She said she never thought she could act.
“I wasn’t an actress,” Dean told the publication. “I never knew about how people got in movies. This is a dream come true.”
But playing Cynthia-Rose Adams in “Pitch Perfect” films is not the ultimate dream for Dean as an actress. She revealed that she wanted to work with Steven Spielberg, who she described as a “big, huge director” who had worked with Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg.”
For Dean, her ultimate manifestation is for Spielberg to her like he saw Winfrey and Goldberg and put her in a movie. The “Pitch Perfect” actress revealed that she had gone to audition for a movie for the three-time Academy Award winner.
As a musician, Dean’s career started in 2006. In 2009, she released the single “Drop It Low” featuring Chris Brown, who is set to star in the indie film “She Ball” to be directed by Nick Cannon, Variety reported.
Dean has co-written songs for several artists including Beyonce, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera, Priyanka Chopra and Nicki Minaj. More recently, Dean is a featured artist in Afrojack and David Guetta’s collaboration song “Another Life.”
Joining Dean, Kendrick, Wilson and Camp in the “Pitch Perfect 3” cast are Hana Mae Lee, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Hailee Steinfeld, Chrissie Fit and John Michael Higgins. Watch a trailer of the film here: