Faris at the 84th Academy Awards red carpet, February 2012
|Born||Anna Kay Faris
November 29, 1976
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Ben Indra (2004–2008)
Chris Pratt (2009–present)
Anna Kay Faris (/ /; born November 29, 1976) is an American actress and singer who is known for her comedic roles in the Scary Movie film series (2000-2006), Lost in Translation (2003),The House Bunny (2008), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), Yogi Bear (2010), The Dictator (2012) and I Give It a Year (2013).
Faris was born in Baltimore, Maryland. At age 6, she moved with her family to Edmonds, Washington. Her mother, Karen, was a special education teacher at Seaview Elementary School in Edmonds. Her father, Jack Faris, is a sociologist who worked at the University of Washington as a vice president of internal communications and later headed the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association. She has an older brother, Robert, who is also a sociologist and a professor at the University of California, Davis. Her parents encouraged her to pursue acting when she was young, and she gave her first professional acting performance at age 9, in a three-month run of Arthur Miller's one-act play Danger: Memory! at the Seattle Repertory Theater. She went on to play Scout in a production of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Issaquah, Washington, Village Theatre, and played title character in Heidi and Rebecca in Our Town. At 14, while attending Edmonds-Woodway High School, she appeared in a frozen-yogurt TV commercial. After graduating from high school in 1994, Faris attended the University of Washington and earned a degree in English literature. Around this time, "my third or fourth job was a training video for Red Robin, which is a burger chain out West. I play, like, the perfect hostess. And I think they still use it," she said in May 2012.
Her first film role came shortly after college, in the independent production Lovers Lane (1999), in which she played an ill-fated cheerleader. Her breakout role came the following year in the horror-film parody Scary Movie (2000). She gained further popularity after she received the role of the recurring character Erica, the mother whose twin babies are adopted by Chandler and Monica Bing, in the final season of the American sitcom Friends. She said she was "cast last-minute" in the film Lost in Translation (2003), in which she played an actress promoting an action movie. She went on to supporting roles in films including Brokeback Mountain and My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006), and then starred in 2007's Smiley Face, in a role that won her "Stoner of the Year" at High Times magazine's Stony Awards, in Los Angeles, on October 13, 2007. In 2008, she produced and starred in The House Bunny, about a retired Playboy bunny. In the summer 2007 season of HBO's Entourage, Faris guest-starred as herself in three episodes. She also made an appearance as herself in a video on eatdrinkordie.com with Internet wine guru Gary Vaynerchuk. She voiced Sam Sparks in the 2009 animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and provided the voice of the computer-animated chipmunk Jeanette in the live-action Alvin and the Chipmunks features Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) and Chipwrecked (2011). She starred in and served as executive producer of the 2011 romantic comedy What's Your Number?. In 2012, she starred alongside Sacha Baron Cohen in the The Dictator.
In the media
Faris has appeared on the covers of Raygun, Playboy, Self, Cosmopolitan and other magazines. She was listed as No. 57, No. 39, and No. 42 in Maxim magazine's "Hot 100" in 2004, 2009, and 2010 respectively. In 2009, she was ranked No. 60 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World", and ranked No. 96 in 2010. Ask Men featured her as No. 78 on "100 Most Desirable Women in the World" in 2009. In 2010, Cosmopolitan magazine named her "the Cosmo’s Fun Fearless Female of the Year" – stating that “She makes us laugh – and cringe – by pushing the limits of comedy in a way no other actress can”. Tad Friend described her in The New Yorker as "Hollywood's most original comic actress".
While filming Lovers Lane in London, Faris met her first husband, Ben Indra. They began dating in that year and were married in June 2004, but they divorced in April 2007, citing irreconcilable differences. As part of their divorce agreement, which was finalized in February 2008, Faris agreed to pay Indra $900,000 in addition to other property and acting royalties. Faris met her second husband, actor Chris Pratt, on the set of Take Me Home Tonight. They became engaged in January, and married on July 9, 2009 in a small ceremony in Bali. The couple had a son, Jack (born on August 25, 2012).
|1999||Lovers Lane||Janelle Bay|
|2000||Scary Movie||Cindy Campbell||
|2001||Scary Movie 2||Cindy Campbell|
|2002||The Hot Chick||April|
|2003||Lost in Translation||Kelly|
|2003||Scary Movie 3||Cindy Campbell|
|2005||Brokeback Mountain||Lashawn Malone|
|2005||Just Friends||Samantha James|
|2006||Scary Movie 4||Cindy Campbell|
|2006||My Super Ex-Girlfriend||Hannah Lewis||Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (with Uma Thurman)|
|2006||Guilty Hearts||Jane Conelly|
|2007||Smiley Face||Jane F.|
|2007||Mama's Boy||Nora Flanagan|
|2008||The House Bunny||Shelley Darlington||
|2008||The Spleenectomy||Danielle/Dr. Fields||short|
|2009||Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel||Cassie|
|2009||Observe and Report||Brandi|
|2009||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||Sam Sparks||Voice role|
|2009||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel||Jeanette Miller||Voice role|
|2010||Yogi Bear||Rachel Johnson|
|2011||Take Me Home Tonight||Wendy Franklin|
|2011||What's Your Number?||Ally Darling||Also executive producer|
|2011||Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked||Jeanette Miller||Voice role|
|2013||Movie 43||Vanessa||Segment "The Proposition"|
|2013||I Give It a Year||Chloe|
|2013||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2||Sam Sparks||Voice role; filming|
|1991||Deception: A Mother's Secret||Liz||TV movie|
|2002–2004||King of the Hill||Lisa / Stoned Hippie Chick / Teen Girl Hippie|
|2005||Blue Skies||Sarah||TV movie|
|2008, 2011||Saturday Night Live||Herself||Host with Musical Guest Duffy and Drake|
|2013||Mom||Christy||Chuck Lorre Project|
|2003||"Nobody Does It Better"||Lost in Translation||Emperor Norton Records|
|2005||"Forgiveness"||Just Friends||New Line Records|
|2005||"Love from Afar"||Just Friends||New Line Records|
|2005||"Just a Guy"||Just Friends||New Line Records|
|2007||"Old-Fashioned Girl"||Mama's Boy||Lakeshore Records|
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