Anna Faris- Biography

Also Credited As:

Anna Kay Faris

About Anna Faris

Seemingly coming out of nowhere, actress Anna Faris made a name for herself in broad comedies, starting with the horror spoof-within-a-spoof "Scary Movie" (2000) - itself a send-up of other horror parodies like "Scream" (1996) and "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997). Faris made an immediate impact, which led to several sequels atop other studio comedies like "The Hot Chick" (2003), though she wisely began to break away, following a surprisingly memorable turn in the acclaimed indie "Lost in Translation" (2003). Her small, but potently comedic performance as a ditzy actress opened the doors to other more varied projects, including the romantic comedy "Just Friends" (2005) and the Oscar-winning drama, "Brokeback Mountain" (2005). But broad comedy remained her bread and butter, though sometimes to her detriment, particularly with her fourth go-round in "Scary Movie 4" (2006). By the time she starred opposite Seth Rogen in the raunchy "Observe and Report" (2009), Faris had established herself as a go-to actress for Hollywood comedies.

Born on Nov. 29, 1976 in Baltimore, MD, Faris was raised by her father, Jack, and her mother, Karen, who encouraged their daughter to act from an early age. When she was nine, Faris made her professional debut in Arthur Miller's "Danger: Memory" at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. She soon followed with performances as Scout in "To Kill a Mockingbird," the title character in "Heidi," and Rebecca in "Our Town." While she was attending Edmonds Woodway High School, Faris starred in a frozen yogurt commercial that solidified her standing as a professional actress, even though she endured relentless teasing from her classmates. After graduating from the University of Washington, where she earned her bachelor's in English literature, Faris made her feature debut in "Lover's Lane" (1999). On set, she met future first husband, actor Ben Indra, who she married in 2004, only to divorce four years later. Shortly after her first feature, she had her breakout role as the hapless Cindy Campbell in the Wayans Brothers' horror spoof feature, "Scary Movie" (2000).

It was during the filming of "Scary Movie" that Faris decided to dye her blond hair to black in an attempt to make her character look more like Neve Campbell and Jennifer Love Hewitt from "Scream" (1996) and "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997) respectively, the already-self-aware slasher hits that "Scary Movie" parodied. The good-natured, consistently amusing, but often crude spoof became a surprise hit, with much deserved credit going to Faris for her giving performance. She returned the following year for the less appealing sequel, "Scary Movie 2" (2001). Continuing to make a name for herself in broad comedy, Faris was one of the few redeeming qualities in the low-brow Rob Schneider comedy "The Hot Chick" (2002), playing the best friend of a mean-spirited high school girl (Rachel McAdams) who is cursed to occupy the body of a 30-year-old man (Schneider). Following "Scary Movie 3" (2003), in which her character deviated from parodying Neve Campbell to focus on Courteney Cox, Faris surprised many with her brief, but hilarious supporting turn as a vacuous actress who visits her lonely friend (Scarlett Johansson) in Japan in "Lost In Translation" (2003). She later admitted to basing her empty-headed performance on a real-life Hollywood actress, but denied much-circulated rumors that Cameron Diaz was her inspiration.

Hoping to avoid Hollywood "flavor of the month" labels while exploring more challenging and dramatic indie fare, Faris also shrewdly gained mainstream exposure when she was cast in a three-episode stint during the final season of "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004), playing the birth mother of the baby Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) plan to adopt. In the low-budget comedy "Waiting" (2005), Faris played a seductive waitress at a restaurant full of misfits, including two cooks (Luis Guzman and Dane Cook) who do disgusting things to the food, a waiter (Ryan Reynolds) whose only care in life is partying, a dishwasher (Chi McBride) who likes to wax philosophical, and another waiter (Justin Long) who hates his dead-end job. Weeks after the release of "Waiting," she reunited with Reynolds in "Just Friends" (2005) for another brilliantly funny out-there character, playing the spoiled socialite, diva and magazine pin-up girl Samantha James, whom formerly fat Reynolds is charged with turning into a pop-singing sensation just as he is reuniting with the high school best pal (Amy Smart) he has pined for all his life.

Faris next had a brief, but scene-stealing turn as an all-too-chatty Southern trophy wife in director Ang Lee's award-winning and much ballyhooed "Brokeback Mountain" (2005). Returning to the well perhaps once too often, she revived the clueless Cindy Campbell for "Scary Movie 4" (2006); this time seeking a career in home healthcare that leads her to a creepy old lady in a creepy old house where she encounters numerous horrors - plane crashes, alien sphincters and Oprah. "Scary Movie 4" snatched the No. 1 spot on an opening weekend with little competition, taking in a whopping $40 million. In "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" (2006), Faris was the beautiful office worker whose budding romance with a lovelorn guy (Luke Wilson) spurs the wrath of his superhero ex-girlfriend (Uma Thurman). In "Smiley Face" (2007), she was a college dropout and aspiring actress whose love of marijuana-laced cupcakes leads to a misadventure of epic proportions. After appearing as herself in a few episodes of "Entourage" (HBO, 2005- ), she starred as a former Playboy Playmate kicked out of the mansion who becomes the house mother at a nerdy sorority in "The House Bunny" (2008). She next starred as the target of a flasher whose protected by a buffoonish mall security guard (Seth Rogen) in the comedy "Observe and Report" (2009).

During the 2009 filming of the little-seen '80s teen-movie homage "Take Me Home Tonight" (not released until 2011), Faris fell in love with castmate Chris Pratt; the couple married in July 2009 and had their first son, Jack, in 2012. After continuing a solid string of successes with voice roles in the hits "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" (2009) and "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" (2009), Faris headlined the romantic comedy "What's Your Number?" (2011), an indie (also featuring Pratt) in which she starred as a woman reviewing her past relationships to see where they faltered. The film received mixed reviews, although Faris was generally seen as being better than the somewhat lackluster script. Following "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" (2011) and a featured role as the unlikely love interest of Sacha Baron Cohen's title character in the uneven political satire "The Dictator" (2012), Faris crossed the pond for a part in the British romantic comedy "I Give It a Year" (2013). She next starred in "Mom" (CBS, 2013- ), a sitcom created by Chuck Lorre about a single mother with alcohol problems whose attempt at sobriety is hampered by the reappearance of her own reckless mother (Allison Janney). The week that "Mom" premiered, Faris, or at least her voice, returned to theaters in "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2," where she reprised her role as the plucky Sam Sparks.

Partners

Husband

Chris Pratt. Announced engagement in January 2009; married July 9, 2009 in a small ceremony in Bali, Indonesia

Husband

Ben Indra. Met while working in "Lovers Lane" (2000); married June 3, 2004; divorced Feb. 19, 2008

Family

Brother

Robert Faris.

Father

Jack Faris.

Mother

Karen Faris.

Son

Jack. Born August 2012; father, Chris Pratt

Education

Edmonds Woodway High School, Edmonds , Washington

University of Washington, Seattle , Washington

Career Milestones

2013

Returned for "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2"

2013

Began starring role in the sitcom "Mom"

2012

Co-starred opposite Sacha Baron Cohen in political satire "The Dictator"

2011

Reprised voiceover role of Jeanette in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked"

2011

Starred in the romantic comedy "What's Your Number" opposite Chris Evans and real-life husband Chris Pratt

2010

Starred in the live-action adaptation of "Yogi Bear," featuring the voices of Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake

2009

Voiced the Chipette character Jeanette in the animated feature "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel"

2009

Voiced Sam Sparks in the animated film "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"

2009

Co-starred with Seth Rogan in the mall cop comedy "Observe and Report"

2008

Made producing debut with "The House Bunny"; also starred as a retired Playboy bunny

2007

Starred in the comedy "Smiley Face" with Adam Brody and John Cho

2007

Guest starred as herself on the fourth season of HBO's "Entourage"

2006

Played Luke Wilson's love interest in the Ivan Reitman comedy "My Super Ex-Girlfriend"

2006

Reprised her role as the hapless Cindy Campbell in "Scary Movie 4"

2005

Had a supporting role as a pop-diva singer in director Roger Kumble's romantic comedy "Just Friends"

2005

Cast in Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" as the motor mouthed LaShawn Malone

2004

Had a recurring role on the final season of "Friends" (NBC) as the birth mom Erica

2003

Featured as a dizzy actress in Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation"

2003

Returned once again as Cindy Campbell in "Scary Movie 3"

2002

Co-starred in the comedy feature "The Hot Chick," which starred Rob Schneider

2001

Re-teamed with the original cast for the sequel "Scary Movie 2"

2000

Breakout role in the Wayan Brothers horror spoof "Scary Movie"

1999

Cast as Jannelle in the independent horror feature "Lover's Lane"

Made her first professional performance at the age of nine

Raised in Seattle, WA